Aberdeen, 04/02/19 15:47
Following 229 application downloads, over 10,000 public votes and 40 shortlisted, the winners of the inaugural North-East Hair and Beauty Awards were crowned at a black tie event at the Aberdeen Treetops hotel in Aberdeen.
More than 200 people were in attendance last night where the best in the North-east scooped awards across 14 categories.
Organisers Etiom Events continued their annual fundraising activities by hosting a charity auction and fashion show, with all proceeds raised going to STV Children’s Appeal.
Gavin Esslemont, Managing Director of Etiom Events, said: “On behalf of everyone at Etiom Events, I would like to congratulate all of our 2019 NEHBA winners.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support that this celebration has gained in such a short period of time. Even in its first year, the competition was of an extremely high standard, and it was humbling to see so many extremely talented, passionate local individuals from throughout the hair and beauty sector, gathered together in the same room, to celebrate all that is great about the north-east hair and beauty sector.
“It has never been more important to celebrate the good things in life, to recognise efforts and achievements, and to share good news in a way that can inspire others, motivate people to work hard, and encourage them to bring out the best in those around them.
“The Hair and Beauty sector in the north-east continues to grow and grow - 13% increase last year, to circa. 12,000 people in the North-East working in the industry, and this continues to grow year on year. Despite this, this sector in the North-East gets little or no local recognition. NEHBA has been created to celebrate this incredibly talented and hard-working sector and those individuals and businesses operating throughout the North-east.
“Our hope is that the awards continue to provide the platform for these celebrations, highlighting the incredibly talented individuals, innovative businesses and exciting new businesses that we have in this area.”
Andrew Dawson of Menspire won the Best Barber of the Year award, sponsored by Lumberjack, Inc..
Belle Vie scooped the Best Beauty Salon of the Year award, sponsored by North East Scotland College.
The Beauty Den took home the Beauty Therapist of the Year award, sponsored by Beauty Booker.
Kelo Beauty were crowned as the Best Brow Artist of the Year.
Beautylicious was awarded Best Eyelash Technician of the Year award.
Fusion won the Best Hair Salon of the Year award, sponsored by The House of Botanicals.
Jenny Gray shone through and picked up the Make-up Artist of the Year award.
Jema Baynes scooped Best Nail Technician of the Year award.
Best Tanning Technician was given to Andrea McDougall of the Brown Cow.
The One to Watch category, sponsored by The Men’s Emporium, was handed to The Studio Salon.
Kayleigh Jaffray of Embrace was crowned Colour Technician of the Year.
Assistant of the Year was awarded to Abby Gordon of The House of Hair.
Best Cosmetic / Aesthetic Practitioner was awarded to Grand Aura.
Whilst K's Eye Candy took home Best Use of Marketing & Social Media, sponsored by Vita Liberata.
Natalie Wright, Campaign Manager STV Appeal, added: “Whilst we continue to battle poverty amongst children and young people throughout Scotland, affecting 1 in 4 children, it is truly humbling to experience the generosity of those that attended the North-East Hair and Beauty Awards last night and also the local and national businesses that donated items and prizes.
“STV presenters Chris Harvey and Seán Batty compered a charity auction and fashion parade, during which we raised an incredible £2,500, with every penny staying here in Scotland.