Craig Chapman’s award-winning image
Last month I was lucky enough to attend the British Hairdressing Awards which took place at the Grosvenor Rooms in Mayfair, London. The event is like the Oscars of the hair industry, featuring hairstylists and salons across the country battling it out within several categories to see who is the swiftest with a pair of scissors. I love going to these events. Everyone really makes an effort, dressing up to the nines in glamorous finery.
This year the awards were hosted by comedian David Walliams. While I wouldn’t say I’m the greatest fan of Walliams, he proved to be quite a competent host, balancing professionalism with well timed jokes and banter.
If you live in the UK by now you would’ve probably seen the stunning new cover of Blackhair magazine featuring the gorgeous, uber cool Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes. I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but it has to be said – I’m so darn proud of this cover. Shot in the opulent surroundings of Shaka Zulu restaurant in Camden, London, this cover is the delectable fruit of one arduous labour consisting of numerous calls, emails, last minute cancellations and an extremely short time frame to make. ish. happen.
But thankfully Shingai brought her A+ game and nailed the cover within the first ten minutes. Shout outs to my amazing team at BH and the awesome, first class glam squad which included: Joseph Sinclair (photography) Erica Matthews (stylist) Jayne Williams (make up artist) and Charlotte Mensah (hairstylist). The elaborate heart shaped hair piece was created by Mario Dionisi. In addition to Shingai you’ll also find interviews with Chrisette Michele, Dorothy Koomson, an Autumn/Winter trend report and a round-up of our favourite black cast Christmas films. The issue is out on sale now at WH Smiths and all good newsagents.
After Shaka Zulu, we stepped outside into Camden market for an impromptu shoot
I don’t know about anyone else, but I had an awesome time at Afro Hair & Beauty Live today. Setting off from my home at an ungodly hour, I arrived at the Business Design Centre in no time at all and right away started setting up our Blackhair Mags stand in anticipation of the crowds heading to the biggest hair consumer show for Black women in the UK. And boy, did they arrive in their droves. From the time the doors opened we didn’t get a moment to rest as hundreds of women gathered round to buy subscriptions, fill out our reader surveys for gooodie bags and watched as our regular contributor, Charlotte Mensah, did various African threading styles on our hair models.