SAVE THE DATE - Sat 15th June 2024

Categories and Criteria

How to enter

Entering the awards is free. The first step is to create an account which takes a few seconds. You will then receive an email from the awards platform, please click on this to verify your details. You’ll then be directed to the entry pages of the awards. You don’t have to upload your entry in one go; you can save your details and complete it at a time that suits you. After entering you can return using your login credentials, enter other categories and manage your account.

Please email info@nibeautyexcellence.com if you need any  further assistance with the entry process.

Entry requirements

For each category you must provide

• Contact Name
• Name of Business or Product
• Telephone Number
• Address
• Email Address
• Social Media handles
• Your Website domain

Please ensure you are available to attend the 2024 Awards on Saturday, 15th June, 2024 

Categories 2024

1. Aesthetics Clinic of the Year (Doctor / Dentist Led)

Is your clinic the foremost doctor/dentist-led aesthetics clinic in Northern Ireland? Do you offer the best treatments administered by a team of highly skilled professionals? The judges will be looking for a doctor/dentist-led aesthetics clinic that is innovative, not only in the services they provide but also in the quality of care they give their clients. The award will recognise an outstanding doctor/dentist-led clinic that is pioneering the way in the aesthetics industry. (The clinic must have a medical practitioner, doctor or dentist only, whether visiting or full-time onsite, providing the injectables) 

2. Aesthetics Clinic of the Year (Nurse Led)

Is your clinic at the forefront of nurse-led aesthetics clinics in Northern Ireland? Do you offer the best range of treatments from a highly trained team of staff? The judges will be looking for a nurse-led aesthetics clinic that is innovative, not only in the services that they provide but also in the quality of care they give their clients. The award will recognise an outstanding nurse-led clinic that is leading the way in the aesthetics industry. (The clinic must have a nurse medical practitioner, whether visiting or full-time onsite, providing the injectables.)

3. Skincare Salon / Clinic of the Year

This category recognises any skincare clinic or salon in Northern Ireland that specialises in providing advanced skin treatments to clients. Your salon/clinic can specialise solely in skincare or provide general beauty, nails, and spa treatments, but the focus of your business will be advanced skin treatments. Judges will be looking for a skin clinic or salon that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

4. Barbers / Male Grooming Salon of the year

This category will recognise a Barbers or Male Grooming Salon that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are a small independent business or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a salon that stands out in the barber / male grooming market. Judges will be looking for a Barbers / Male Grooming Salon that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

5. Beauty Salon of the Year (Large)

This category is open to a salon that has 5 or more staff members (including you) that specialises in classic beauty practices and  that stands out in the Northern Ireland beauty industry. The judges will be looking for a highly esteemed practice that uses quality products, combined with excellent customer service. 

6. Beauty Salon of the Year (Small)

This category is open to a solo entrepreneur or salon that 4 or less staff members (including you) that specialises in classic beauty practices and will that stands out in the Northern Ireland beauty industry. The judges will be looking for a highly esteemed practice that uses quality products, combined with excellent customer service.

7. Day Spa / Boutique Spa of the Year

Does your spa offer the most luxurious treatments and top-class service in Northern Ireland?  The judges are looking for the most innovative spas in Northern Ireland that use high quality products and offer clients an unforgettable experience. This category is open to both day spas and residential spas. 

8. Cosmetic Dental Practice of the Year

Are you the leading Cosmetic Dental Practice in Northern Ireland? Do you offer a superior range of treatments? The judges will be looking for the Cosmetic Dental Practice that is the most innovative, in not only the services they provide, but also the quality of care they give their customers. The award will recognise the Dental Practice that is leading the way in cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland. 

9. Hair, Beauty, or Aesthetics Educator / Training Provider of the Year

Education and training are at the core of all salons and clinics. This category will recognise an inspirational or innovative educator, training academy or school that stands out in the Aesthetics, Beauty, and Hair industry in Northern Ireland. Whether you are an individual, small, or large training academy, our judges want to recognise a training provider who focuses on quality and expertise and excels in quality practice and customer service. 

10. Hair/Beauty/Aesthetics Retailer or Supplier of the Year

This category is open to any ecommerce or store-based retailer/supplier (whether you are a small independent or part of a large chain), in the hair, beauty or aesthetics industry based in Northern Ireland that goes above and beyond for its customers. (Applies to both trade only and / or open to the public) 

11. Hair Salon of the Year (Small)

This category is open to a solo hair stylist or hair salon, with 4 or  less members of staff (including yourself), that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Our judges want to recognise a salon that is a ‘cut above’ in the NI Hair industry. Judges will be looking for a salon that excels in professional practice, uses high quality products, and has outstanding customer service. 

12. Hair Salon of the Year (Large)

This category will recognise a hair salon, with 5 or more staff members (including you), that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are an independent salon or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a salon that is a ‘cut above’ in the NI Hair industry. Judges will be looking for a salon that excels in professional practice, uses high quality products, and has outstanding customer service. 

13. Hair Loss Specialist of the Year

This category will recognise a hair loss specialist that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are a small independent or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a specialist that stands out in the NI Hair industry. Judges will be looking for a salon that excels in professional practice and customer service. 

14. Hair Extension Specialist of the Year

This category will recognise a hair extension specialist that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are a small independent or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a specialist that stands out in the NI Hair industry. Judges will be looking for a salon that excels in professional practice and customer service. 

15. Brow Specialist of the Year

This category will recognise a brow specialist that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are a small independent or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a specialist that stands out in the NI Beauty industry. Judges will be looking for a salon that excels in professional practice and customer service. 

16. Lash Specialist of the Year

This category will recognise a lash specialist that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are a small independent or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a specialist that stands out in the NI Beauty industry. Judges will be looking for a salon that excels in professional practice and customer service. 

17. New Business of the Year – Aesthetics, Beauty, Hair

This category recognises the best new aesthetics, beauty or hair business in Northern Ireland Your business must be newly opened from April 2022. Your business could be a product or service from a company based in Northern Ireland that supports the industry through innovation and enhancing the needs of its customers. Judges will be looking for a business that excels in quality practice and customer service. (Two Years or Under) 

18. Mobile / Home-based Business of the Year - Aesthetics

This category recognises the best aesthetics business in Northern Ireland that operates as a home-based or mobile company You will provide aesthetic treatments to clients, either on a mobile therapy basis, or at a home-based salon/spa/clinic. Judges will be looking for a business that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

19. Mobile / Home-based Business of the Year - Hair

This category recognises the best hair business in Northern Ireland that operates as a home-based or mobile company You will provide hair treatments to clients, either on a mobile therapy basis, or at a home-based salon/spa/clinic. Judges will be looking for a business that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

20. Mobile / Home-based Business of the Year - Beauty

This category recognises the best beauty business in Northern Ireland that operates as a home-based or mobile company You will provide beauty or spa treatments to clients, either on a mobile therapy basis, or at a home-based salon/spa/clinic. Judges will be looking for a salon or clinic that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

21. Makeup Studio / Artist of the Year - Creative Makeup Artist of the Year

This category will recognise an individual creative makeup artist, or creative makeup studio that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are an individual, small independent or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a creative makeup studio/artist that shines in the NI make-up industry. This category will focus on those artists and studios that specialise in creating non-conventional looks such as images or characters for their clients using makeup or prostheticsThese looks may be for special occasions such as Halloween, film or tv, or for your own enjoyment. Judges will be looking for a creative makeup studio/artist that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

22. Makeup Studio / Artist of the Year - Wedding / Occasion Makeup Artist of the Year

This category will recognise an individual makeup artist, or makeup studio that is excelling in Wedding or Occasion Makeup in Northern Ireland. Whether you are an individual, small independent or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a makeup studio that shines in creating looks that are for special occasions such as weddings, formal occasions, or nights out etc. Judges will be looking for a makeup studio that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

23. Nail Salon of the Year

The judges will be looking for a Nail Salon / Manicurist that provides excellent treatments using quality products, combined with excellent customer service.  

24. Sustainable Business of the Year

This category will recognise a beauty, aesthetics or hair business in Northern Ireland leading the way in sustainability. This category is open to businesses that embrace sustainability. 

25. Semi or Permanent Makeup Specialist of the Year

This category will recognise a semi or permanent make-up specialist that is excelling in Northern Ireland. Whether you are an individual, small independent business or part of a large chain, our judges want to recognise a semi or permanent makeup specialist that is making an impact in the NI Beauty industry. Judges will be looking for a salon or clinic that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

26. Specialist Salon or Clinic of the Year

This award will recognise an individual, salon or clinic that specialises in one area in the Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics Industry in Northern Ireland. For example, you could be a holistic therapist, alternative beauty expert, tanning guru or a massage specialist. Judges will be looking for a salon or clinic that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

27. Beauty Business of the Year

This category is open to any Hair, Beauty or Aesthetics business, which could be a product or service from a company based in Northern Ireland that supports the industry through innovation and enhancing the needs of its customers. Judges will be looking for a business that excels in quality practice and customer service. 

28. Outstanding Contribution to the Industry (Non-Entry)

This special award will be presented to an inspirational person in the Hair, Beauty, or Aesthetics Industries (based in Northern Ireland) that went above and beyond for their clients and community. We want to shine a light on the amazing industry professionals who taught and inspired us to get creative with our hair, skincare and/or make-up during those long days at home.