ALEX Walker, 26, from Kaboodles Hairdressing in Torquay has achieved a top industry award as Runner-Up in LA BIOSTHETIQUE UK Beauty Stylist Awards competition.

Over 50 UK competitors entered the contest, submitting four total look photographs (cut, colour, make-up and clothes styling) of a model reflecting today’s fashion vibe, judged by top UK award-winning hairdressers and hair magazine editors.

Alex’s success was announced at a stylish Masquerade Ball event, staged in the dazzling Banqueting Suite of Birmingham’s plush venue called The Council House, making this annual event the company’s most spectacular to date. Champagne, canapés and chatting with colleagues preceded the awards ceremony and three great hair shows presented by LA BIOSTHETIQUE’S CREACTIV Modern Barber Team and UK Artistic Teams.

“I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced as Runner-Up,” said Alex. “There were loads of fantastic photographic entries and I was really surprised that it was mine which caught the judges’ eyes. I’m thrilled to have won and was so pleased my salon colleagues were there with me when my name was announced. We really celebrated in style – it’s brilliant and I know my clients will be really pleased for me!”