Ultimate Hair Heroes

The hair industry may have been stuck on pause recently, but creativity and talent should never stay silent. CrozNest has explored the up and coming talent of British hairdressing, stylists who are pushing the limits of tradition to reach new and exciting heights – it’s not just about hair anymore. 

Creative Head Hair Icon Finalists

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Firstly, Creative Head magazine has a glowing history for scouting hairdressing talent. They give people a platform to practise their art on a raised platform. Three-time winner Sam McKnight, who is now a Creative Head Icon, is certainly one of the most accomplished hair stylists of his generation. Ninety-five industry experts across the worlds of hair, fashion and media chose this year’s finalists. Good news, their names have now been announced! Their names are;

Sally Brooks
Nicola Clarke
Gary Gill
Syd Hayes
Zoë Irwin
Guido Palau
Adam Reed
Eugene Souleiman
Anthony Turner
Josh Wood

Peers chose each icon name as they were seen to pave the way in their fields and leading the hairdressing industry from the very front line. The results will be announced on September 6th following the online submissions of the artist’s portfolios. 

Creative Head have recognised a lack of diversity within their 2020 line-up as talks surrounding the lack of talent recognition within BAME communities continue. This understanding demonstrates a positive move towards change in the future.


Wella Professional XPOSURE 2020


Experts Wella Professionals have unveiled the winners of its XPOSURE 2020 competition for trainee hairdressers as they take the focus back to school. To allow for social distancing, the competition was structured remotely this year. Hundreds of hopefuls submitted photographic entries online equally showcasing their hairdressing skills across Creative Colour and Colour the Cut categories.


“We had a record number of entries this year, which under the current circumstances, is incredible,” said Allie Hargreaves, the national events manager for Wella UK & Ireland. “The standard throughout has been incredibly good,” she continued. “British hairdressing is clearly in safe hands if this entry-level standard is anything to go by. Congratulations to all the winners.”

So, who were the winners? Siobhan Hearns took home the Creative Colour gold award while Lily Cumper came first for the category Colour The Cut. 


NHBF Britain’s Best

Next, staged before the pandemic in October 2019, the national floor competition saw stylists and barbers compete in Britain’s Best competition for the NHBF. Here are some of our stand-out looks from the day. For a list of winners head to https://www.nhbf.co.uk/events/competitions/britains-best/.

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Croznest’s mission is to bridge the gap between hair and fashion. It is in our DNA. Session stylist Jason Crozier directs Croznest. Jason has collaborated on celebrity cover shoots, advertising campaigns and backstage at fashion week for more than ten years. Therefore, who better to personally identify upcoming names within the industry? Finally, Jason has picked his favourite names.

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