A WESTON hairdresser has made it into the Hall of Fame in the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards.

Steven Smart, from SMARTEST 73, was recognised for his talent at the award ceremony on Monday, November 27 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. 1,400 people attended to celebrate the best in the business.

Steven also won the coveted title of Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year in 2016, 2018, 2022.

Steven has always "wanted to make a difference" to the hairdressing industry. The SMARTEST 73 website reads: "Steven Smart always wanted to make a difference to the hairdressing industry. In 1999 his vision started to become a reality. In September of that year, the salon that he had always wanted was born, soon to become recognised as the best and most respected salon in the South West area."

For the last 39 years, the awards, which are sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, have been celebrating the finest hairdressing talent.

The event was hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, who was joined by Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of HJ's British Hairdressing Awards, and Julian Crane, general manager for Henkel Consumer Brands Hair Professional UK & Ireland.

Björn Again treated the guests to a captivating performance.

19 trophies were presented during the awards in categories such as Newcomer of the Year and Session Hairdresser of the Year.

Cos Sakkas, the creative director of TONI&GUY, won the title of HJ's British Hairdresser of the Year.

Speaking further about Steven's Hall of Fame induction, Jayne Lewis-Orr said: "Steven’s achievement is truly well-deserved.

"Time and time again, he has displayed phenomenal original hair work, showcasing not only technical skill but also creative vision and an acute understanding of current trends. This recognition establishes him as one of the finest in the industry."

Steven added: “Wow, what an achievement. It feels wonderful to be inducted into the Hall of Fame amongst such esteemed and talented industry peers. This just proves that hard work pays off.”

Speaking on Schwarzkopf Professional's dedication to the awards, Julian Crane concluded: "Schwarzkopf Professional is honoured to shine a spotlight once again on some of the industry’s greatest talents.

"Our winners have wowed us with their incredible artistry, passion and skills, and should feel incredibly proud of their achievements."