DENTON’S very own ‘Queen of Curls’ has found herself among the UK’s very best after finding herself shortlisted for a national title.Vicky Bridge-Tonner is a specialist in curly hair – such a specialist she is already booked up until January 2020.
Her work is already the talk of social media, with almost 4,500 followers on Instagram alone.
Now she had the chance to stamp her mark on the industry after being named as one of the finalists in the Salon Stylist of the Year category at the British Hairdressing Business Awards.
Vicky, 42, was off to London for the ceremony at the Park Plaza hotel on London’s Westminster Bridge on Monday, September 9 – just before the Correspondent went to press.
However, her expertise is pretty much unrivalled, certainly in the North-West.
“I’m really proud to have been nominated,” said Vicky, who lives on Hyde Road and works at McCrory Hair on Manchester’s Oxford Road.
“It’s a massive thing. There were about 400 people at the ceremony as there were 15 different categories of award.
“This one is the industry recognised awards. This one looks at things like your client base and bookings that you have. I’m fully booked until January 2020!”
Vicky has been a hairdresser for 16 years but has specialised in curly hair for the last four.
And it is very different from working with straight hair as she explained.
“I dry cut curly hair and one of the few conditions is that people come in with their hair in its natural state,” she added.
“It’s almost like topiary and it can take an hour-and-a-half to two hours to do each customer.
Obviously, it can take longer if you’re working with a brand new customer than a regular one.
“And it’s certainly proving popular. As well as being booked up for the rest of the year, I have a waiting list of about 400 people!
“I get about 50 calls a day from people wanting a haircut. It’s unbelievable.”
Hairdressers may be spotted on pretty much every high street but specialists in curly hair are a lot rarer.
But Vicky insisted there would be no glaring at her rivals for an award as she is not that type of person.
“There are probably only about 20 in the UK,” Vicky said. “The nearest one to me is either in Liverpool, Chesterfield or Bristol.
“I’m not competitive but I didn’t have a clue what the judges were looking for. It was a panel of four so no-one really knew what they wanted to see before deciding on a winner.
“These awards were an industry thing. Other ceremonies can be regarded as like the Oscars of the hairdressing industry but this is regarded more as an industry honour, so winning that would be fantastic.
“But putting yourself forward for them was the most difficult thing. I had to write 300 words about myself and then do a 90 second video of what I do.
“Getting across what I do in just 300 words was really, really different.”