Annabelle’s eye-catching style wins judges’ praise

A young stylist from Brighouse has won the chance to take part in a national hairdressing marketing campaign.

Annabelle Taylor, aged 18, has success at her fingertips after entering a photographic competition run by hairdressing brand Clynol. Now the former Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School student is set to work as a stylist on the company’s next big photo shoot.

Annabelle’s entry caught the eye of the judges on the expert panel assembled by Clynol and now she is waiting for a date to travel to London to take up her prize.

The daughter of Gary Taylor, of Edward & Co in Brighouse, Annabelle said she had received a lot of support and encouragement from her dad and step-mum Heather.

“My dad must have entered hundreds of competitions over the years so he gave me lots of good advice,” said Annabelle who started working for the family business while she was still at school.

“I entered the competition because it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss but I never dreamt I would win,” she said.

“It’s such an honour to have been chosen to style one of the marketing campaigns for Clynol from all the talent that there is up and down the country. I cannot wait for the shoot - it’s a dream come true to have my session as a stylist showcased for all the industry to see. Clynol is a global company and I can’t believe they picked me.”

Stephen McDowell, national technical manager for Clynol, said the judges were impressed with Annabelle’s skill.

“The shot was really beautiful and eye-catching and it fits perfectly with our brand image.

“We were looking for a talented stylist to create commercial looks with an ‘I want that hair factor’ to use in our national campaigns and I think we have found that in Annabelle. We love working with salons like Edward & Co because skilled stylists are at the heart of what we do.”

Annabelle is the fourth generation of the Taylor family to work in the hairdressing business in Brighouse. She is hoping to travel to London for the photo-shoot in spring.