Goldwell Hair Color Global Brand Ambassador, Mark Leeson, recently won the 2014 British Hairdresser of the Year title at the British Hairdressing Awards. Known as “the Oscars of hairstyling,” the award show is the most acclaimed and prestigious in British hairstyling, and the Hairdresser of the Year title is widely regarded as one of the most important styling accolades in the world. A Global Brand Ambassador for Goldwell since 2009, Leeson has won an incredible 14 British Hairdressing Awards, and has been previously nominated for the top honor three times.
“I’m truly honored to be named the 2014 British Hairdresser of the Year,” said Leeson. “I’ve dedicated my life to hairdressing and to be recognized by my peers as the best in the country is incredible. This has been a dream of mine since the day that I started hairdressing, and I’m living proof that if you work hard and don’t give up, you can achieve anything. I’m so grateful to all the people who have supported me over the years, and to my wonderful team – without them, none of this would be possible.”
Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the evening marked the 30th anniversary of the awards, and was hosted by James Corden, legendary comedian and actor, and Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director ofHairdressers Journal International. A total of 16 awards were presented, with top pop sensation Union J entertaining the guests and more than 1800 hairstylists with some of their best-known tracks.
“British hairdressers are internationally renowned for their creativity, originality, and innovation, and we are proud that the British Hairdressing Awards continue to celebrate this,” said Lewis-Orr. “It has been inspiring to see the standard of entries in all categories exceeding high expectations. Congratulations to Mark Leeson, who is truly the best of British.”
Famed for his extensive and inventive color work, Leeson produces striking photographic collections that bring contemporary glamour to the hairstyling world with his trademark exaggerated, sexy, and breathtaking creations. A globally recognized name, Leeson’s iconic work is frequently published in hairstyling titles all over the world, and he is often requested at shows and seminars on every continent. Over the course of his partnership with Goldwell, Leeson has created color collections, been an international judge at Color Zoom, and hosted multiple events and shows.
[Image courtesy of Tractenberg & Co.]