ELEN Osborne from Vital Salon in Taunton has been shortlisted for the prestigious Assistant/Junior of the Year title, at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2022.

The awards - now in their 24th year - recognise the hardworking names that have built outstanding salon businesses, helping to make British hairdressing the most respected in the world.

From standout salons and exemplary teamwork to ground-breaking innovations and trailblazing individuals, HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards are an annual celebration of business brilliance.

Elen Osborne made the final stage of the awards after compiling a detailed entry, outlining the skills and qualities that make her a future hairdressing star.

She now faces an in-depth interview with a panel of expert judges before winners are announced at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards on Monday, July 4 at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, to an audience of some of the industry’s most prolific names.

Elen said: “I’m thrilled to have made the finals of such a respected event. Hairdressing is my passion - I’m constantly striving to be better and to learn from those around me. The industry is full of amazing opportunities and I can’t wait to experience more.”

Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of the British Hairdressing Business Awards said: “These awards are recognition of the standout people and businesses in the hairdressing industry, celebrating their talent, passion, and commitment to making British hairdressing so revered.

“To make the Assistant/Junior of the Year shortlist, nominees, need to demonstrate a passion for their craft and a hunger to learn, with a positive attitude and plenty of enthusiasm.

“Elen should feel incredibly proud to be recognised for her ambition and focus.”