Six of Newry’s spas, hair and beauty salons and aesthetics clinics have been announced as finalists for the first ever Northern Ireland Beauty Excellence Awards, which take place in June.
The shortlist in its entirety has been whittled down from hundreds of entries, and the Newry contingent join over 80 other companies announced as finalists from across Northern Ireland.
Local companies on the shortlist include Younique Aesthetics, (Aesthetics Clinic of the Year), Younique College, (Training School/Academy of the Year), Zen Orthodontics, (Aesthetics Clinic of the Year, Cosmetic Dental Practice of the Year and Excellence in Digital / Social Media) and Scissor Sister Camlough, (Hair Salon of the Year).
The shortlist also includes Rosie Kirk Makeup, (Makeup Studio of the Year), Sugar Coating Nails, (Nail Salon of the Year) and The Beauty School, (Training School / Academy of the Year).
Dr Mervyn Patterson, Medical Director at Woodford Medical who sat on the independent judging panel said, “We were really impressed with the standard of entries coming through from new clinics and salons opening across the country.
“There are dynamic new treatments and products that are coming through the industry that have been embraced locally, and it’s fantastic to see such innovation here,” he added.
The judging panel, who have a wealth of experience in the industry, and who joined Dr Patterson in selecting the shortlist and winners included Linda Stinson, co-founder and director of Bellamianta Tan; Pamela Smyth, Emmy Award-winning makeup designer and founder of The Makeup Department; Katrina Doran, skincare specialist and makeup artist; and award-winning hairdresser Paul Stafford, who founded Belfast institution, Stafford Hair.
Dr Patterson continued, “I have been working in the industry for over 20 years, and it is so interesting to see traditional practices mixed with newer products and treatments, it’s a very exciting time and the Northern Ireland Beauty Excellence Awards are the perfect platform from which to share the innovation of the industry that is booming in Northern Ireland.”
The Northern Ireland Beauty Excellence Awards take place on Sunday 23 June at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast and will be hosted by Pamela Ballantine.
Tickets are available now via the Beauty Excellence Awards website.