Achievements celebrated at annual awards

Over 150 of the UK and Ireland's most accomplished skin care professionals came together to celebrate the iiaa's annual Salon of the Year Awards.

Held at the historic Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel's Grand Ballroom in June, the awards recognise achievement across nine key categories, including the newly launched ‘Platinum Salon of Excellence' for 2019.

This year's winners are:

Salon of the Year, UK: Tessa Stevens Health and Beauty Clinic

Salon of the Year, Ireland: Monica Tolan's Beauty Clinic

Therapist of the Year: Louise Sumner

Small Business Game Changer, Ireland: Beauty Booth

Large Business Game Changer, Ireland: The Skin Nerd

Small Business Game Changer, UK: Nechelle Beauty

Large Business Game Changer, UK: Calm Health and Beauty

Best Newcomer of the Year for UK & Ireland: HM Beauty.

The Salon of Excellence Award 2019: Ro Skin (Platinum), Rebecca Jade Beauty & Aesthetics (Gold), Blomstra (Silver) and High Maintenance (Bronze).

David Alpert, iiaa co-founder and managing director, comments: “The Salon of the Year Awards is a very special event which this year, more than any other, sees a vision of enabling skin care professionals to deliver the very best results for their clients as reality. When Tracy Tamaris and I started with little more than an idea in 1994, the one thing we knew was that anything is possible if passion and commitment guides action.”

Special guest speaker, physicist and innovator, Dr Adriana Marais, spoke about how developments in science and technology are taking place at an unprecedented rate. Since childhood, Dr Marais has dreamed of living on another planet, a dream which drove her to applying as one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in the next decade.

As a scientist, technologist and astronaut candidate, as well as a faculty member of the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education, her mission is to inspire children and adults around the world to get excited about the future, believe in their dreams and remember Nelson Mandela's, “It always seems impossible until it's done.”