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I long to see more beautiful hair' laments prize stylist

PUBLISHED: 17:07 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:39 12 August 2010

A STYLIST who won two awards at the hairdressing Oscars says he wishes he saw more beautiful hair during the commute into London.

A STYLIST who won two awards at the hairdressing 'Oscars' says he wishes he saw more 'beautiful' hair during the commute into London.

Darren Bain, 35, from Shortlands, was crowned London Hairdresser of the Year by X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary, in front of an audience of 1,750 guests at the glittering British Hairdressing Awards.

The stylist for HOB Salons in London's Baker Street competed against five top stylists to take home this category.

But he also took to the stage a second time - with his creative team - to accept the Artistic Team of the Year title for the second consecutive year.

The night ended with a bang as Bain's director Akin Konizi won the ultimate accolade of the night - the British Hairdresser of the Year Award.

Mr Bain said: "It was amazing. You just arrive not knowing and you sit there for a nervous two hours.

"It is amazing when they call your name out.

"I get the train everyday from Bromley and I see so many bad hairstyles. I like simplicity and I like beautiful hair. And I don't see enough of it. I just see women with their hair tied back.

"You think getting on the tube, you would see lots of really cool people but you don't see that many. I would like to give them my card and say 'come and see me and I'll sort you out' but you don't want to insult people."

Bain says the return of '80s hair, shorter styles with long sweeping fringes across the face, is "really scary".

He said: "I always look at young girls of about 16, then whatever they have catches on. This is low partings, heavy fringes with long sort layers. There is much more movement. People have stopped using their hair straighteners.

"A centre parting is also really fashionable as are higher crowns and curly hair."

The awards which were held in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House in London's Park Lane hotel last Monday, were celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Each contestant has to go through a 10-month process of sending their CV and submitting photographs of their work.

Mr Bain, who teaches four days a week, got his first introduction to hairdressing in a small salon in Medway. This was followed by stints at Vidal Sasoon and then Toni & Guy.

He says HOB's is an amalgamation of the two companies, mixing precision and fashion cuts with more wearable styles.

His ambitions include winning the title again and to own his own salon by the time he is 40.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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