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Thousands of entries made for stiff competition but the entrants were whittled down to five finalists in each category, with Barrie Stephen taking the trophy for Ultimate Salon sponsored by TIGI.

I have recently refreshed the Leicester salon into a big city, glamorous space, it’s clear to see why Barrie Stephen Hair beat the competition. Opting for off-white contemporary décor complemented by porcelain tiles, striped vinyl and hard-wearing walnut flooring, the salon oozes style and elegance. An illuminated colour-changing staircase is one of the main features, which leads to the mezzanine level and adds colour to the otherwise monochrome environment. A splash of colour comes from the waiting chairs and ever-present extravagant floral displays, and the latest additions of Colour Lounge and Barbers Lounge add an extra special experience for all clients. banner3

The focus of the salon is on delivering an exquisite environment that embraces the history of the building, the established ‘red carpet hairdressing’ brand of Barrie Stephen and celebrating the abundance of light from the atrium that first attracted Barrie 10 years ago. The business reflects Barrie’s philosophy, aspirations and personality in the design. “I’m a very positive person, and life is about being enjoyed, so this element of fun and vibrancy had to be incorporated along with boutique hotel stylishness,” said Barrie. “I’m so glad that this has paid off and Salon Business thought it was worthy of an award too!”