A Ballymena hairstylist has been crowned Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year at a glittering London ceremony hosted by comedian David Walliams.
Julian Dalrymple of The Sitting Room scooped the accolade in front of 1,700 hairdressers who had gathered at Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards on Monday night.
Now in their fourth decade, the awards, which are sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrate the very best in British hairdressing talent – an industry which contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs more than 300,000 people.
The awards have launched the careers of a host of household names, including John Frieda and Nicky Clarke.
This year’s ceremony was hosted by David Walliams, alongside Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Schwarzkopf Professional’s general manager Stuart Hamid.
Reacting to her win, Julian stated: “The talent in this category in this category is so strong and I’m awe of every single one of them – so to be crowned winner is incredible.”
Executive director Jayne added: “This award cements Julian as Northern Ireland’s leading hair talent, but a win doesn’t just mean you’re the very best in the area; it also marks you out as one of the greatest stylists in the country.
“This win positions you as an authority and puts The Sitting Room Hairdressing in Ballymena on the map too.”
Schwarzkopf Professional’s general manager Stuart Hamid commented: “Being right at the heart and soul of British Hairdressing is our privilege and pride. The British Hairdressing Awards means so much to our industry and winning one of these prestigious awards is the realisation of creativity, hard work and dedication, for that we at Schwarzkopf Professional congratulate them on their success.”