Hairdressing award is Ballymena woman's crowning glory

A Ballymena hairdresser has been crowned Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year at a glittering London ceremony hosted by comedian David Walliams.

Julian Dalrymple from The Sitting Room Hairdressing in Ballymena, who won Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year. INLT-49-708-con

Local woman Julian Dalrymple of The Sitting Room Hairdressing scooped the accolade in front of 1,700 hairdressers who had gathered at Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards on Monday night.

Now in their fourth decade, the awards, which are sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrate the very best in British hairdressing talent – an industry which contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs more than 300,000 people.

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The awards have launched the careers of a host of household names, including John Frieda and Nicky Clarke.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by David Walliams, alongside Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr.

Reacting to her win, Julian stated: “The talent in this category in this category is so strong and I’m awe of every single one of them – so

be crowned winner is incredible.”

A regional win at the awards can well and truly put a hairstylist on the map, securing their place as an authority, not just a creative visionary but as a tastemaker, an influential employer and a destination business which brings clients through the door.
Executive director Jayne added: “This award cements Julian as Northern Ireland’s leading hair talent, but a win doesn’t just mean you’re the very best in the area; it also marks you out as one of the greatest stylists in the country.

“This win positions you as an authority and puts The Sitting Room Hairdressing in Ballymena on the map too.”