25 barbers have made it on to the shortlist of Scotland’s biggest barbering competition.
All 25 barbers will need to produce some of their finest work as they look to make their way to the live final of Scotland’s Best Barber 2017, which will be held at the Scottish Hair and Beauty show on Saturday, April 23, at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre.
A selection of work from each of the shortlisted barbers will feature on the Scotland’s Best Barber website throughout February and March, where the general public have been invited to vote for their favourite barbers and hairstyles.
Over 100 barbers entered the competition, but only the best 25 have been chosen to feature in the competition’s online vote.
Four barbers will make it through to the live final and will have the chance to perform two haircuts on the Great British Barbering Academy (GBBA) stage for their chance to be crowned the king or queen of Scottish barbering.
Barbers from all over Scotland entered the competition, including Fraser Milligan and Steven McDonald.
Previously a professional footballer at Dundee United football club, Fraser has been barbering for just over two years and has already experienced the adrenaline of performing on stage at a busy event.
He said: “I celebrated my first year in barbering by cutting on stage at The Great British Barber Bash in January 2016. It was an amazing feeling that taught me a lot and presented me with challenges that I enjoyed – hopefully there will be plenty more to come.”
Meanwhile, Steven – who spent two years sleeping rough from the age of 16 – said: “I got into barbering because it felt like I was wasting my life not doing something worthwhile. Since joining the industry I’ve met some of the most amazing people and have found a true passion for the art.” These are just two of the many fascinating stories to come out of this year’s shortlist.
Scotland’s Best Barber 2017 is being hosted by premium educational service the Great British Barbering Academy (GBBA) and one of the hair and beauty industry’s biggest professional retailers, Salon Services.
“We are very happy to announce our involvement in this year’s Scotland’s Best Barber competition,” said Salon Services’ PR Manager Joanne Etherson. “Barbering is a profession that Salon Services take very seriously and we are excited to see this fantastic competition unfold,” she added.
On the day, Salon Services will award the overall winner with a brand new barber chair to take back to their shop. The company will also be rolling out its new Basin St pods at Scottish Hair and Beauty. These pods are dedicated to providing barbers with all of the products they need and highlight Salon Services’ commitment to the barbering industry.
The live final will be judged by some of the United Kingdom’s most renowned barbers, including the GBBA’s Head Educator Mike Taylor and last year’s competition winner Stacey McCabe.
She said: “I would always encourage barbers to enter competitions. They are hard work but reward you with recognition from some of the industry’s most talented professionals.”
The South Lanarkshire barber went on to say that winning events such as Scotland’s Best Barber have given her a “platform to gain more valuable work and open new doors.”
Barbering is currently enjoying a remarkable renaissance, especially in Scotland. Research conducted by premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has revealed a 15% surge in the number of barbershops that have opened over the last 12 months. The total number of shops now trading on Scottish high streets stands at a staggering 1,345.
The trade’s continued popularity is something that can also be seen in the number (and quality) of entries Scotland’s Best Barber 2017 has received.
“The Great British Barbering Academy is incredibly proud to be hosting this prestigious competition,” said Mike Taylor. “The standards of barbering displayed by all of those that have been shortlisted are a testament to Scottish barbering and the hair and beauty industry as a whole. We’ve seen more entries this year than ever before and can’t wait to crown a new champion.”
To vote for Scotland’s Best Barber 2017, please visit: http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk/scotlandbarbervote/