When it comes to hard work, no one does it better than Spectrum One’s very own Katy Grimshaw! As the founder, owner and all-round hair-genius, she is an invaluable asset to our team of stylists. We don’t know what we’d do without her! Well, Spectrum One wouldn’t exist for starters. Can you imagine that? We can’t.
So, we’ve all been over the moon since her recent nomination for The It List awards! The It List, presented by Creative Head – a top industry publication – is one of the most coveted award ceremonies for young hairdressers in the UK. It’s the Bafta’s of hair, basically, and our Katy’s only gone and been nominated for an award!
Katy’s undeniable talent and skill have landed her in the final five of The Entrepreneur category of the awards. It’s one of six titles that will be dished out to their deserved winners throughout the night, with the others being The Fashionista, The Visionary, The Rising Star, The It Girl and The It Guy. At only 27 and with a successful hair salon under her ownership, we can’t think of a more suitable category than The Entrepreneur for Katy! They certainly picked the right finalist. Here’s what Katy thought of the award:
“I am so thrilled to have made the shortlist of such a prestigious industry award. Spectrum One has been in business less than two years, so to be recognised so early on in our journey is a huge accolade in itself.”
The It List
2017 marks the 9th year of the IT List Awards, which as we said will be presented by Creative Head, and – as we didn’t say – will be sponsored by GHD. The judges, who will have the final say on who gets what, include some of the leading names in the world of hairstyling and business. Among them will be Nicola Clarke, colourist to the stars and celebs, Lisa Oxenham, Beauty Director of magazine Marie Claire, and leading talent agency Streeters. What a panel!
The nominees are always picked on the basis that they’re going to be big names in British hairdressing as the up and coming stars of the industry. So, watch this space; Katy’s going to be amazing! More so than she already is, of course.
Winners from the past went on to be global brand ambassadors, were spotted backstage at the world’s Fashion Weeks and worked on very high-profile shoots. The award team’s ability to spot emerging talent is second to none and they always seem to get it right.
Editor of Creative Head, Amanda Nottage, said of this year’s award nominee finalists,
“They are super-creative, forward-thinking and incredibly passionate about their profession… and I don’t doubt I’ll be writing about many of them for years to come.”
The winners of the different categories will be given the It List trophy to parade around with, be attending a workshop courtesy of ghd and be given coverage in Creative Head magazine, which is something our salon could only dream of! Until now of course.
The award ceremony will take place on 4th September, with all nominees making their way to the Guildhall in London, where famous comedian Katherine Ryan will be hosting the night. It’s certainly going to be a good one!
The reveal of Katy’s nomination has already been released to local news in a press release, so be ready to see her face in your local news agents! It’s certainly a big event for Haslingden. As Katy said,
“When I started the Spectrum One project, it wasn’t just about hairdressing, it was about bringing new awareness and footfall to my hometown, Haslingden, so by being shortlisted for this, it’s fantastic to know that the spotlight is on our town.”
To have Katy, from a fairly small, local hair salon, put through as a finalist for a nationwide competition is incredible! It’s a testament to both Katy and Spectrum One. All the sweat, tears and shampoo are paying off as she gets the recognition she truly deserves.
It’s also great news from those in and around Haslingden. You now have a finalist for the It List Awards just a stone’s throw away, ready to cut, clean and style your hair! Not many towns can say that.
So now, with the final less than two months away, all we can do is sit and wait. (Well, we’ll actually be cracking on with work just as normal, but you get what we mean!) If you fancy an appointment with Katy before her name is propelled into the dizzy heights of hairdressing fame, then get in touch with us today. Or, if you want to congratulate our star, feel free to pop in at any time! We always love chatting to our customers and we’re sure that Katy will love hearing your warm wishes too.
And from all the team at Spectrum One, we wish Katy the best of luck in the awards. Whatever happens, we’re all immensely proud of our leading lady and in our books, she’s already a winner! And that’s all the excuse we need to crack open the champagne and get celebrating!
Get In Touch
If you’d like to find out more about the award nomination or grab a hair care slot with Haslingden’s next biggest star, then you can give us a bell on 01706 551770, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or bob in to our Haslingden salon and say hello!