The annual NoScrunchie Good Afro Salon Awards took place this year on 10 November 2016 at the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in London. The glamorous event, hosted by journalist Sue Omar, saw more than 100 guests walk down a carpet, not red but pink, NoScrunchie’s signature colour.

Amongst the many guests in attendance were representatives from the UK’s top Afro hair salons, as well as press and top influencers. Thousands of votes were cast by regular users of NoScrunchie.com, the UK’s only Afro hair salon directory and review website.

Founded in 2013 by Leillah Sekala, the awards event is unique in that clients are able to nominate their favourite salons and stylists in 10 different categories helping to find the nation’s experts representing independent Afro hair salons that deserve recognition, while recognising the relationship between clients, stylists and salons.

Leillah said:

“There were some incredible salons in the running, but ultimately, our members decided on the deserving winners across the categories.”

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 The winners

Best Braids/Plaits – Rootz Hairdressing

Best Cut and Style – H and G International Hair and Beauty Salon

Best Wig Making – Kanni’s Undiscovered Beauty

Best Customer Service – Tip Top Salon

Best Mobile Stylist – Braid Nation

Best Weave Technician – Kanni’s Undiscovered Beauty

Best Chemical Straightening – Sen Style

Best Colour Professional – H and G International Hair and Beauty Salon

Best Natural Hair – Natural Gloe

Best Kids Salon – Salon ABV

Ade Hassan, founder of Nubian Skin, and Nisha Taylor from Raising UR Standard were among the inspirational entrepreneurs who gave motivating speeches throughout the evening.

In conclusion, Leillah said:

“The 2016 Good Afro Salon Awards has been our biggest and best yet with great support from salons, stylists as well as brands. We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year.”

We couldn’t agree more!

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