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Tuesday 11 July 2017

One of the UK’s most celebrated hairdressing names, Andrew Barton, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Southampton Solent University on Tuesday 11 July 2017. 

Speaking before the ceremony, Andrew said: It's such a great honour to receive this Doctor of Arts from Solent University - not only for me but also for our great hairdressing industry. British hairdressing is renowned throughout the world and our stylists dominate the fashion runways; advertising campaigns; education and international magazine editorial work. As hairdressers we have the power to not only transform how someone looks but how he/she feels about themselves. It's wonderful that this amazing industry has received the recognition it deserves as an Art." 

Andrew’s work graces global magazines, TV campaigns and print advertising; and he is on speed dial for the British beauty media for his expertise. 

With over three decades of hairdressing experience, Andrew holds a string of awards including British Hairdresser of the Year and British Hair Icon.  

His hairdressing skills are showcased on TV shows around the world,  most famously on the hit TV make-over show, 10 Years Younger. 

Andrew also has an extensive roster of creative collaborations, from fashion to beauty, arts to celebrity. 

In 2018 Andrew will showcase his passion for hair in a unique, international touring exhibition called ‘Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries’ – a collaboration with Donna Bevan, Solent's Course Leader for Fashion Journalism. 

Andrew also heads up a hairdressing empire, with an award-winning hair care and electrical tools range. He is Creative Director for Urban Retreat at Harrods, one of the world’s biggest hair and beauty destinations. 

A voice for British hairdressing, Andrew travels the world, sharing his signature hair philosophy, presenting hair education, working tirelessly to promote its export, and nurturing new talent.  

Andrew is actively altruistic and supports various charities and causes.  He is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, Patron of The British Association of Adoption and Fostering and was recently awarded the Ambassador to the hairdressing industry.