Joanne Fox, from the city’s Bishop Cuthbert area, won two of 16 awards up for grabs at the GLammies by Great Lengths in London.
She beat competition from across the UK and Ireland to win the Great Lengths for Extension Excellence trophy and also went home with the North East Salon of the Year award.
Joanne, who was a losing finalist at the awards in 2012 and 2018, said she was “shocked” when she heard her name announced.
“I think I’m still a little in disbelief,” Joanne said.
“I didn’t expect for a second to come home with the Great Lengths trophy as well.
“I’ve seen many great popularizers across the country win this and I never, ever expected to be one of the people to take home the trophy.”
Contestants had to provide customer testimonials and before and after photographs of the models they styled for a chance to win a place in the final.
Joanne, 38, who runs Joanne Fox Hair in Bishop Cuthbert, said unlike previous years when applications were submitted by post, this time applications could also be submitted digitally, which meant more people participated.
“I believe they more than doubled the signups,” Joanne said.
Following her victory at a ceremony at the Steel Yard in the City district of London, Joanne will also receive tickets for a tour of the Great Lengths production facility in Rome.
“It was like being at the Oscars,” Joanne said.
“It was the most amazing night.”
She continued: “I called my mother in the night and I think she had a tear. My husband Mark was with me, he had a little tear, certainly with the second prize.
“Everyone was over the moon.”
Joanne, who was also crowned winner of the International HJ’s Extension Competition Show in London last year, added: “It’s an incredible feeling to bring another one back to Hartlepool as well.
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