Rossa Danagher is bringing home to Donegal and Sligo international honours from the Alternative Hair Show in London.
“It’s overwhelming,” Rossa said. “I’m delighted.”
Rossa, who owns Rossano’s Hair Stylists in Ballyshannon and Sligo, took a first place International Visionary Award in ladies cut and colour at the Alternative Hair Show. His winning entry provided a full fashion head-to-toe look.
The 32nd Alternative Hair Show, “Equilibrium”, was held on Sunday evening before an audience of 5,000 people at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Rossa competed against 32 other finalists from Australia, Italy, Belarus, the UK, Austria, Taiwan, Lebanon, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Canada and Hungary.
Calling the win a highlight of his career, Rossa said, “I’ve worked so hard for this.”
He thanked colourist Mariesa Travers, a member of his creative team, and Carmel Hynes for their contributions.
The finalists had been selected from more than 800 entries and to make it to the London finals Rossa had also competed against 186 Irish entries.
Tony Rizzo, founder of Alternative Hair, said the international visionary awards received a record number of submissions this year.
“The shortlist was truly impressive and competition to select the finalists was fierce,” Mr. Rizzo said. “We have some amazing hairdressers in the final.”