Chris Foster of London salon The Refinery, has been named one of UK hairdressing's most exciting talents after winning the inaugural MALE GROOMING SPECIALIST award in prestigious national competition, Most Wanted.


Chris was presented with his trophy in front of an A-List crowd of hair, fashion and media VIPs on Monday 5th September at the Most Wanted Grand Final, which was hosted by comedian Rob Beckett at London’s historic Guildhall. Session stylist Johnnie Sapong and celebrity hairdresser James Brown were among the 600-strong audience, alongside leading talent agencies, top-notch journalists and more than a few celebrities.


Launched 16 years ago, the Most Wanted Awards, presented by leading industry magazine Creative HEAD, recognise the most outstanding individuals, teams and salons in UK and Irish hairdressing, with 14 highly competitive categories, including two especially for salons in the Repubic of Ireland. Judged by hair, fashion and business experts including A-list hairdressers Adam Reed and John Vial, Beauty Director of InStyle, Cassie Steer, session stylist Sam McKnight and founder of Very Exclusive fashion website, Sarah Curran MBE, the awards celebrate absolute excellence – from phenomenal colourists and business front-runners to the teams delivering the pinnacle of customer service.


Chris Foster beat off stiff nationwide competition to win the first-ever MALE GROOMING SPECIAIST award. Creative director at Mayfair’s The Refinery as well as the Harrods Barbershop, Chris led the team that worked on a record 105 male models for Ozwald Boateng, and is a regular backstage across New York, London, Paris and Moscow shows. He’s also the brains behind the Foss Academy, a modern take on barbering education. 


Chris wins a Most Wanted trophy, an exclusive prize courtesy of category sponsor American Crew and a year-long programme of print and online editorial coverage in Creative HEAD magazine.


Catherine Handcock, Publisher of Creative HEAD says: “Winning a Most Wanted award is a clear sign that you’re operating at the very top of your game. Chris Foster rightly takes his place among hairdressing’s elite, and can look forward to an exciting year ahead as his victory is celebrated in Creative HEAD and beyond!”


Said Chris: “Oh my days! Thanks Creative HEAD – this means the world to me. I feel truly honoured to be the first precipitant of this amazing Accolade. This industry is absolutely amazing.”


After the 14 Most Wanted winners of 2016 had been named, the packed crowd celebrated with cocktails and dancing in the Guildhall Crypt until the wee small hours.