When it comes to creating exceptional hair colour and the hottest catwalk looks for men, a team of hairdressers from Kennady’s Hairdressing in Ingatestone have proved they are among the best in the UK having made it through to the Grand Final of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2007.
Noel Gibbins and Hannah Jarvis beat off stiff competition from thirty-nine salons across the Eastern region to clinch their place in the Grand Final in London on Monday 21 May. They are now one step closer to winning the prestigious L’Oréal Men’s Image Award and a once-in-a-lifetime prize that could see them jetting over to New York to produce a photo spread for fashion bible Vogue.
At the Eastern Regional Final their live hairdressing skills were put under the spotlight by a panel of top hairdresser judges including Harriet White, Jonny Engstrom, Andrew Mulvenna and Jamie Brooks. “This region has once again proved itself as a strong contender. It’s great to see people paying attention to what’s happening on the catwalk and interpreting forthcoming fashions into wearable looks, explained Harriet White, judge at the Eastern region.”
Noel and Hannah explain the thinking behind their striking image: “The haircut was inspired by both the 80’s pop scene and The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ era” explained Noel of Kennady’s winning look. “We wanted to smarten up the casual-but-trendy male style and turn it into something unique with strong catwalk presence. Our look represents the evolution of the ubersexual city worker – understated, yet undeniably cool.”
The whole room was on tenterhooks waiting to hear who had made it through to the Grand Final and upon hearing their name announced the team from Kennady’s leapt off their chairs in delight.
“It truly was a group effort” says Noel of the salon’s recent win. “We share a strong team ethic that pushes us towards a larger goal and the L’Oréal Colour Trophy is very high on our agenda. The Men’s Image is an increasingly challenging category, and we collectively fought hard for our place at the Grand Final. For me personally, this award is the Holy Grail – to get this far means everything to me.”
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