Anne Veck and Emmanuel Esteban have both been shortlisted for the title of Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year at the 2017 British Hairdressing Awards! This is Emmanuel’s 2nd nomination and Anne’s 8th! (14th in all categories!).

This is no small feat with the 2017 awards attracting hundreds of entries which take the form of photographic collections. The 75 first round judges drawn from industry experts, hairdressers, session stylists and creative leaders, viewed the UK’s biggest photographic awards exhibition as they spent the day marking the thousands of individual images.

Avant Garde hairdressing pushes creativity to the extreme and demonstrates that there are no limits to what you can do with hair, with the right creative vision and plenty of technical ability.

Anne and Emmanuel will now add 4 more images to their original entries and the winner will be announced at the British Hairdressing Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor Park Hotel on Monday 27th November. Until then, their images are under embargo but click here to see a selection of their previous , beautiful, work.

The Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year category seeks to recognise the most inspiring and daring stylists in the industry, catapulting the finalists into the upper echelons of the nation’s very best hairdressing talent. A win can well and truly put a stylist on the map, securing their place not just as a creative visionary, but also as an authority on avant garde styling.Now in its fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hairdressers Journal International and supported since its inception by sole sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional continue to go from strength-to-strength in its quest to celebrate the most diverse and creative talents in hairdressing.

Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis Orr says: “The awards remain true to the original objective – to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry and the individuals within it, but also on partnership industries as its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!”