Dazzling success for hairdresser Athlone


Work by award-winning stylist Shannen Hughes.

Shannen Hughes, a stylist working at Color Republic on Athlone’s Barrack Street, was the big winner at the annual IHF Irish Hairdressing Championships last night. The event, held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, showcased the world-class work of talented hairstylists from across Ireland.

Shannen won two awards for Trend Image of the Year (Senior) and Color Technician of the Year (Senior).

The annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Federation of Irish Hairdressers, is the premier event on the Irish hairdressing calendar, showcasing the best of Irish hairdressers. The awards are judged by a panel of experts made up of international and Irish judges.

Commenting on the awards, President of the Irish Hairdressing Federation Danielle Kennedy said: “It has been a very competitive year and I know the judges struggled to pick the winners. Once again the IHF Irish Hairdressing Championships are a celebration of the world class hairdressers we have here in Ireland. Once again, the caliber of nominations and winners shows that Ireland is truly above their weight when it comes to hairdressing talent. ”

Danielle continued; Like every year, the Championships focus on the many very talented interns who work in our sector. Our winning interns this year, Orla O’Byrne and Eimear Rutherford, certainly have a bright future ahead of them. After a very difficult eighteen months for hair salons and stylists, it’s great to be back to celebrate the best in our industry. ”

The Irish Hairdressers Federation is the professional association of Irish hairdressers and represents over 500 salon owners nationwide, who in turn employ over 7,000 stylists.

Complete list of winners:

Commercial Trend Image (Senior) – Amanda Hogan, Ross Adams Hair Salon, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Trendy Image of the Year (Senior) – Shannen Hughes, Color Republic Barrack St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Trendy Image of the Year (Intern) – Orla O’Byrne, House Of Color, Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Color Technician of the Year (Senior) – Shannen Hughes, Color Republic, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Photographic Collection (Editorial Team / Individual) – Aoife O’Toole, Vanilla Hair Design, Tullow, Co Carlow

Gents Full Fashion – Richard Gorman, Richard Michaels Hair Design, Collooney, Co. Sligo

Newcomer of the Year (Intern) – Eimear Rutherford, Frame Creative Hair Design, Skerries, Co. Dublin


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