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Women’s stylist of the year

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We’re very proud to announce that our talented Artistic Director, Neil Smith, has scooped the national title of Women’s Hair Stylist of the Year at the English Hair & Beauty Awards.

Neil – who’s based at our Anstey salon – went to Manchester where he was named the UK’s top women’s stylist after enjoying a champagne drinks reception, sumptuous dinner, and entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent 2011 winner, Jai McDowell.

Now in its second year, the awards acknowledge the hair stylists and beauticians across England who make clients feel amazing because of their expert skills and customer relations. Neil was nominated for the award by the public and then beat four other finalists to take home the prestigious title of Women’s Stylist of the Year.

Neil says: “A big part of my job is making people feel amazing about themselves whether that be creating a new hair colour or giving advice about styling. I wouldn’t do anything else and I don’t think there’s a better job that picks people up and helps their mood. It was a huge surprise to be nominated and I am absolutely delighted to win.”

The award is great recognition for all Neil’s fantastic work in hair: he’s formally been nominated for Eastern Hairdresser of the Year at the Oscars of the hair industry; the British Hairdressing Awards, and been a member of the Schwarzkopf Professional Young Artistic Team.

He’s also styled backstage at London Fashion Week, at the Clothes Show Live Stop and Chop, for Look Magazine with Cloud Nine, not to mention his nominations for Your Hair Image of the year, Tigi High Fashion Image of the year and the Guild of Hairdressing Photo Stylist of the year as well as being called on to be a judge at Wella Trend Vision awards.

Neil heads up our art team and salon education at Barrie Stephen Hair.

To book in with the UK’s favourite stylist, call 0844 445 2888.