Competitions and awards

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The NHBF runs a series of competitions and awards throughout the year attracting high-calibre entrants from salons and barbershops across the UK. These include:

  • Before & After – this competition runs on Instagram every other month. Entrants upload a ‘before & after’ picture to showcase their best work. Take part on our Instagram account: @NHBFsocial.
  • Blackpool Hairdressing Competitions – held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, this competition includes an exciting range of categories, from fashion, formal and brides to colour, fantasy and drag.
  • Britain’s Best – a national floor competition for stylists and barbers competing in five categories: Ladies commercial fashion look, barber of the year, men’s cut and finish, bridal hairdresser of the year, and avant-garde.
  • NHBF Business Awards – our flagship event attracting high-calibre entrants from across the UK. The Business Awards celebrate the success of some of the best businesses in the hair, beauty and barbering industries.
  • Hair & Beauty Community Awards - the NHBF’s Hair & Beauty Community Awards recognise and promote the fantastic work hair salons, barbershops and beauty salons do to support local communities and charities.
  • Photographic Image of the Year - this competition encourages stylists, barbers, beauty therapists and make-up artists at all levels to showcase their skills and creativity by submitting a show-stopping image or collection of images suitable for a quality magazine.
  • Step Up & SHINE – the winner of this competition receives a bespoke year-long scholarship package worth £2,500. The competition is open to any stylist or assistant of any age and at any level.
  • Welsh Awards – this competition celebrates the best in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries across Wales. There are five categories to enter: Welsh hairdresser of the year, Welsh colourist of the year, Welsh barber of the year, Welsh apprentice/student of the year, and Welsh salon team of the year.

Event sponsorship

Our competitions and awards offer a number of sponsorship opportunities, providing an ideal opportunity for industry suppliers and educators to raise their profile and reach their target audience. If you are interested in sponsoring our competitions or awards contact us today