Hartlepool hairdresser is a cut above rivals after winning Matrix Destination Fame competition

Jonathan Turner working on his design
Jonathan Turner working on his design

A TALENTED stylist has been crowned winner of a national hairdressing contest – with help from Mail readers.

Hartlepool hairdresser Jonathan Turner has been named Matrix Destination Fame competition winner.

And as part of the prize, the 28-year-old former Henry Smith School pupil, wins a “Year of Fame” to help advance his career even further.

Jonathan works at Hooker & Young, which has salons in Wynyard, Darlington and Newcastle, and appeared in the Mail in May appealing for online votes to help him win.

After being short-listed and subsequently winning the finals in London last month, he thanked Mail readers who helped him on his way to triumph.

“The competition was tough and the standard was so high so when they called out my name it felt surreal.”

His “Year of Fame” includes mentoring from some of hairdressing’s most innovative and iconic names, working on a big-budget photo shoot, helping out on hair shows – both within the UK and Ireland – and receiving marketing and PR support from the Matrix team.

Jonathan, whose family live off Easington Road, in Hartlepool, said: “I am most looking forward to working with and being mentored by some of the biggest names in hairdressing and doing my own photoshoot later in the year.”

Jonathan’s fresh ideas and raw talent wowed judges during the finals.

He was one of 12 competitors who took part in the finals after his entry stood out against hundreds of entries that were judged by 22,000 public votes before undergoing a further 16 hours of scrutiny from the panel of expert judges.

On the day of the final, Jonathan impressed judges with his knowledge of catwalk trends despite only taking up hairdressing 18 months ago.

Judge Ann Veck said: “Not only did Jonathan showcase great cut and beautiful colour work, his presentation was flawless and demonstrated a strong connection between what’s happening on the catwalk and with his clients in the salon”.