In the run-up to the British Hairdresser of the Year announcement, I'm bringing you exclusive interviews with all the nominees. Next up is Akin Konizi, HOB salons International Creative Director and current reigning champion of British Hairdresser of the Year. Here's what he had to say...
Please tell me a little about yourself...
name is Akin Konizi and I am the International Creative Director for
award-winning hairdressing group, HOB Salons. We have 24 salons in the
group from London to Leeds, plus two training academies to ensure
standards are maintained across the company. I've been hairdressing for
over 30 years now, and I still absolutely love this industry and what I
How many times have you been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year?
was nominated for the first time for this award in 2006, and have gone
on to win this accolade three times since then, securing the title in
2008, 2009 and 2011. This year I have been nominated again, so to
continue my reign as the current British Hairdresser of the Year and win
this for 2012 would be incredible. The Oscars of the hairdressing
industry, this award is the pinnacle to any hairdresser so fingers
crossed for the night.
Why do you think awards like this are so important for the industry?
keep us raising the standards and profile of British Hairdressing. It
is great to see what your peers are doing, whilst also giving you the
chance to push your own creative boundaries.
What would it mean to you to win the accolade?
would mean everything to be awarded this for the fourth time! I believe
that being HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year is the ultimate
accolade for any hairdresser. It would enable me to continue being an
Ambassador for our industry. I have always been entirely committed to
the development and progression of the British hairdressing industry,
raising standards across the board, whilst profiling hairdressing as the
wonderful industry it is. This title would allow me to further progress
What do you love most about hairdressing?
about it! I still love cutting hair, but I also love teaching as well
as presenting shows. I also really like hairdressers and their
characteristics, and not forgetting the creativity and energy of this
industry which is second to none. I just love it! Hairdressing is mostly
a craft but add to that creativity, you create ‘wow’ and incredible
looks. Hair is a fantastic material to work with as it is so extensive
in its variation. No two heads are the same and no two people are the
same so hairdressing allows you to create unique and original styles on
every single client.
What are your aspirations for the next 5-10 years?
continue what I am doing. To progress myself, my company, and the
industry as a whole and to pass on everything I have learnt over the
last 30 years. After that, I would love to take some time out, relax
around a swimming pool and have some time to just chill.
What are your favourite products to use and why?
Professionals offer a great range of professional hair products which
all our salons and team use from shampoos and conditioners for different
hair types, through to styling products for wet and dry hair. For me, a
good hairspray is a must, so Sebastian Shaper Fierce (£15.95 @ HOB
Salons) is always in my kit bag and is ideal for controlling fly away
hairs and helping to keep your look in place.
Why are you different from other hairdressers?
don’t believe I am different from other hairdressers, but I do believe I
understand the value of being a maniac. My unique capabilities are to
continue relentlessly and mercilessly until I achieve my desired result.
Stay tuned for more nominees in the coming days, and find out more about Akin and the HOBS salon group on their website here.