NHBF announces Top 100 Influencers Index 2023

Published 21st Nov 2023 by Ellen Cummings

The third annual National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) Top 100 Influencers Index has been revealed. 

The influencers were invited to celebrate at an event held at St James’s Church in Paddington, London on November 20, where the top 20 were revealed live.

The party, sponsored by City and Guilds, Schwarzkopf Professional UK, Vagaro and Lopay, was hosted by hair stylist Katie Walsh and drag star The Royal Serenity.

The Top 100 Influencers Index provides an opportunity to recognise industry professionals who use their social media platform to influence the sector and create change.

In July, people were invited to nominate the individuals who they thought were the most influential on social media, with engagement playing an important role in the positions. 

Beauty professionals appeared throughout the top 100, with nail artist and PB favourite Kirsty Meakin taking the fifth spot. 

Nail techs Michelle Humphrey, Charlotte Cliff and Harriet Westmoreland also secured spots in the top 20.

Meanwhile, massage therapist and Professional Beauty Awards finalist Hayley Snishko placed at number 67, and make-up artist and regular PB contributor Lan Nguyen-Grealis came in at number 32.

Beauty professionals in the Top 100 Influencers Index 

98. Jennifer Rose @siren_beauty_x
97. Tracey Bainbridge @traceybainbridgebeauty 
89. Grace Yardley @nailsbygracey
85. Abby Healey @beautiloxncl
84. Jaz Moger @paintbyjaz
77. Kirsty Leask @inbubeauty
68. Sarah Hughes @alluretouches
67. Hayley Snishko @hayley_snishko
59. Alexis Day @alexisdayhmu
47. Theresa Foddering @thenaildresser
32. Lan Nguyen-Grealis @lanslondon
26. Imogen Southwood @ilashedbyimogen
22. Amanda Byrne @amanda_byrne_nailartist
18. Michelle Humphrey @nailsbymh
16. Charlotte Cliff @charsgelnails_
11. Harriet Westmoreland @harrietwestmoreland
5. Kirsty Meakin @kirstymeakin 

Hairdressing influencer and hairstylist Chloe Swift took home the coveted number one spot after placing 13th in 2022 and 9th at the inaugural awards in 2021.

Swift commented, “I’m so pleased and genuinely surprised to have landed the top spot at the NHBF Top 100 Influencer Index! As it’s ranked with social stats and analytics, you never know which way it will go when the rankings are announced – I was just hoping for a place in the top five to be honest!

"This year I really focused on posting six days a week consistently across three platforms, sharing hair styling tutorials and tips for both professionals and consumers. Thank you NHBF for the number one spot, I can’t wait for the year ahead!” 

Caroline Larissey, the newly elected chief executive of the NHBF added, "The NHBF Top 100 Influencer Index represents a celebration of innovation, talent and dedication within the hair and beauty sector.

"These influencers not only champion professionalism they have transformed trends but more importantly they have also significantly contributed to raising the profile and advancement of our sector, inspiring others to push boundaries and strive for greatness."

What do you think about this year’s Top 100? Let us know in the comments…

Ellen Cummings

Ellen Cummings

Published 21st Nov 2023

Ellen Cummings is the senior content writer at Professional Beauty, working across the magazine and online. Contact her at [email protected]

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