A Newcastle hairdresser has been honoured at the world's most prestigious hairdressing competition.
Allan Kingsland, from Gosforth, from Zanders Hair Design, has been awarded one of the highest hairdressing accolades in the UK & Ireland.
The 39-year-old won the UK & Ireland runner-up in GHD Style Master (sponsored by GHD) category at the Wella Professionals competition TrendVision Award UK & Ireland Final 2021 â€“ one of the worldâ€™s most prestigious annual hairdressing competitions.
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The live Grand Final event, which took place at Londonâ€™s iconic Roundhouse, attracted more than 700 guests who finally joined together to celebrate the many talents who made it to the final stage of this incredible competition and crown the worthy winners of 2021.
Allan said: â€œBeing able to attend the live event this year was incredible. Wella treated us to a great night of food and music plus some brilliant hair shows.
"This was truly a night to remember, with an electric atmosphere that saw the hairdressing industry greats together in one room."
The night was co-hosted by broadcaster and style icon, Fearne Cotton, and hairdressing icon, Patrick Cameron.
â€œFearne Cotton also said I was the best dressed there, which means just as much to me as the award does," Allan added.
Despite the challenging climate in 2021, Allan has gone the extra mile to enter this iconic competition and has made it through many stages to finally be crowned a worthy runner-up.
â€œLast year's competition was digital-only and I won the Bronze award in the Men's Hair category, so being able to get on stage and enjoy the moment was priceless," he said.
â€œIâ€™ve entered the competition eight times and itâ€™s a great feeling to see my hard work paying off.â€
The competition began in March 2021 with a photographic entry. More than 600 entries were filtered down to 90 artists who made it through to the grand final.
Winning an award in the GHD Style Master category demonstrates the ability to create exceptional wearable, polished hair, using GHD stylers, hairdryers, curlers, and hot brushes, making them the go-to stylist in the region.
Allan competed against some of the most talented and creative hairdressers to take home the Wella Professionals UK & Ireland TrendVision Award 2021 Runner up in the GHD Style Master category.
He will receive a runner-up prize package, including a tailored Wella Education development programme to the value of Â£1,000.
Allan said: â€œHopefully winning this award will lead to some great opportunities with both Wella and GHD plus welcoming some new clients into the salon!â€
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