For the second year running, the Good Salon Guide has named a Welsh stylist as the Nation’s Favourite Hairdresser.
Rhys Andrews of Rhys Andrews Salon in Griffithstown, near Pontypool, won following a public vote in which he received a staggering 10% of all votes cast. Second place went to Darrel Starkey-Gettings of Taylors Hair Studio in Skegness, and Rachel Evans of Squires Hair Designers in Burry Port, Wales, came in third.
When asked to say why they loved Rhys, his clients said he always listened, was great to be around and that visiting the salon was an absolute highlight of their week or month.
Rhys follows in the footsteps of Kelly Shone-Adams of Technocracy Hair in Neath, who won the very first Nation’s Favourite Hairdresser competition in 2018. A team from Good Salon Guide surprised Rhys at his salon to present him with his trophy and prizes.
He said: “This award is so special because it has been voted for by my customers. While I mentioned the competition to my clients, I had no idea they would cast so many votes and I am touched that they love me, the team and what we have created.
“I’m also immensely proud that, for the second year running, this award has gone to a Welsh hairdresser. Kelly was an amazing ambassador for both Good Salon Guide and hairdressing in Wales and I will continue to promote the outstanding hairdressers and hairdressing industry that we have.”
‘Ignited a real passion’
Gareth Penn, Managing Director of Good Salon Guide, is thrilled that members have embraced the competition in such a major way.
He said: “The search for the Nation’s Favourite Hairdresser has ignited a real passion among our members and their clients and, with this in mind, we now have plans to hold a similar competition for both our barber members and beauty salon members in 2020.”
Good Salon Guide, the only independent nationwide scheme for assessing professional standards and services within the industry, launched the Nation’s Favourite Hairdresser competition to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018.