Finalist: British Hairdressing Awards Midlands Hairdresser Of The Year
Winner: Best Colour Salon Salon Business Awards 2015
Winner: Goldwell ColorZoom UK Silver Award 2013
Winner: Goldwell ColorZoom UK 2009
Finalist: Goldwell ColorZoom UK Runner Up 2010/11/13/15
Nicola Smyth is the Owner of Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair in Leamington Spa & Warwick.
Award-winning colourist, Salon Owner and Educator, Nicola Smyth, who at 32 years old has already had a hairdressing career spanning 18 years, is ambition personified. Entering the industry at the age of 14, Nicola found herself in a salon owned from within her family circle which she first developed her key skills in the hairdressing trade. The creative atmosphere coupled with the fast moving pace of technical developments at the salon matched her interests perfectly. This, especially, created a keen direction in colour.
At 16 and with sights firmly set on a successful future in hairdressing, Nicola embarked upon an apprenticeship and was quickly inducted to the salon floor, running a column of her own clients by 17. Such was her reputation for fantastic service and skills, that she went on to scoop Apprentice of the Year at the Mid Warwickshire Business Awards shortly after.
While Nicola expanded her experiences, she followed her chosen pathway as a Goldwell colour expert. Nicola then entered the ColorZoom 2009 Challenge and went on to win the UK Elumen category, seeing her jet off to the Grand Final in Las Vegas where she secured fourth place from International entries in the thousands.
Nicola’s award-success, rapidly growing clientele and a burning urge to be her own boss, sparked a new direction and she left the salon and began to rent a chair in two different premises. Her stint as a self-employed stylist saw her outgrow two locations and she ended up spending the deposit she’d saved for a house on Goldwell colour and product to fulfil her growing column. After just two years, Nicola applied to be part of the KMS California UK 2012 Art Team and was selected as one of just four to join their ranks.
A natural progression, In June 2012, Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair opened in Leamington Spa, a salon that captured all the aesthetics and energy of New York, a loved destination of Nicola and her now husband Dan Humprhiss-Smyth.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Nicola already began planning how to bring their salon into the industry spotlight. A return to the Goldwell ColorZoom Challenge saw her scoop the 2013 Silver Winner accolade and she was also chosen to be part of the Fellowship of British Hairdressing Color Project gaining incredible advice from mentors including her industry icon Lisa Shepherd, having been personally inducted by former-President, Mark Creed. The salon went on to win Best Colour Salon at the Salon Business Awards 2015.
Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair grew in 2015, adding Warwick as a new location, which was noted in the Best Salon Design at the English Hair & Beauty Awards amongst catching enormous press attention.
In 2016, Nicola’s ambition came to life being announced a Finalist in the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards Midlands Hairdresser Of The Year, a sought after accolade, and an incredible achievement, to be recognised as one of Britain’s elite.
As the salon continues to deliver award-winning hair, Nicola and Dan, both fiercely energetic when developing their team, work tirelessly to deliver opportunities, training and rewards to everyone at both salons.
Book your free consultation with Nicola today – BOOK ONLINE or Call – 01926 316887