Northern Ireland Beauty Excellence Awards: Local Professionals Bring International Expertise to Reward Northern Ireland’s Beauty Businesses

Five of Northern Ireland’s top beauty professionals will shine the spotlight on Northern Ireland’s beauty, hair and aesthetics businesses at an awards event this June.

The inaugural Northern Ireland Beauty Excellence Awards will be hosted by Pamela Ballantine, and are set to honour the salons, hairdressers, clinics, spas, products and individuals which make up the landscape of the industry here.

The judges are experts in their fields and include Paul Stafford, multi-award-winning hairdresser and owner of Belfast’s Stafford Hair; Pamela Smyth, Emmy Award-winning hair and make-up designer and Dr Mervyn Patterson, Medical Director at Woodford Medical and one of the foremost, pioneering aesthetic medical practitioners in Europe.

They will be joined by make-up artist and skincare specialist Katrina Doran and Linda Stinson, the leading Co. Tyrone businesswoman and co-founder and director of Bellamianta Tan.

Sarah Weir, Director at Weir Events who created and will manage the awards says; “We have some of the most pioneering businesses within the hair, beauty and cosmetics sector in Northern Ireland, and we have brought together some of our top local talents to recognise their contributions to a worldwide, billion-dollar industry.

“Our judges have over 130 years of beauty, make-up artistry, hairdressing and aesthetics experience between them and are proud to honour the level of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit from our local high street salons and world-renowned clinics.”

Paul Stafford says the entire industry has changed over the past decade and it’s up to those businesses to keep on top of demands from consumers; “One of the biggest opportunities for business owners over the past 10 years has been the rise in accessibility to trends, treatments and styles. The rise of digital and social, YouTube tutorials and celeb styles which can be found with the tap of an icon give opportunity for salons to step up, thrive and give their consumers what they want.

“My fellow judges and I are really excited to learn more about the businesses which make up our prosperous industry here in Northern Ireland.” – Paul Stafford

The awards are made up of 14 categories, which are open to entry, as well as two non-entry categories, Hair & Beauty Influencer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution, which will be decided by a public vote.

The entry categories include Excellence in Digital and Social Media which will show how businesses have embraced digital when it comes to cosmetics, alongside Product of the Year giving a nod to NI’s local entrepreneurs, and Hair/Beauty Training Academy of the Year to honour the education and training at the heart of all salons and clinics.

The event will also reward Beauty & Skincare, Hair and Nail Salons of the Year, Aesthetics Clinic of the Year, Cosmetic Dental Practice of the Year, Day Spa and Residential/Hotel Spa of the Year, as well as Barbers or Male Grooming Salon of the Year and Makeup Studio of the Year.

The Northern Ireland Beauty Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday 23 June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

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Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, and Emirates Woman.

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