A barber from Kent is celebrating after being crowned the very best wet shaving barber in Britain.
Enver Yesilbulut, owner of Kings Barbers Male Grooming in Deal, won the coveted Britain’s Best Shave 2018 competition at the Barber UK show in Birmingham on Sunday May 20th.
He beat off razor sharp competition from seven other finalists at the national final of the annual shave off, run in partnership between industry watchdogs British Barbers’ Association and The Bluebeards Revenge male grooming brand.
Enver impressed the judges on a number of criteria, including shave preparation, razor technique, post-shave routine, health and safety and overall efficiency.
His prize was a belt to display in his shop as well as £500 worth of products from The Bluebeards Revenge.
It is the second time Enver has made the final round of the competition and it is his second title after securing Britain’s Best Barber, for hair cutting, in 2016.
He said: “It feels amazing. The feeling still hasn’t sunk in. I really wanted to win but I told myself not to get nervous. I knew if I did that it would be game over. It’s the first time that one barber has won two belts in the competition.
“This is my passion. I have to thank all my clients who allow me to do what I love every day. Without their continuous support it wouldn’t be possible.”
The winning moment was all the more special for the dad-of-two because his daughters, Hira, four, and one-year-old Eda, plus wife, Gulfer, were there to watch him.
He said: “When I got to the final round I asked if I could bring my daughters in to watch as you had to be 15 to come into the exhibition space. It felt good to have them there.”
The final of the competition took place inside the legendary boxing ring and attracted hundreds of spectators throughout the day.
Nick Gibbens, spokesperson for The Bluebeards Revenge, said: “Enver is a very deserving winner and we hope his success will inspire barbers from all over the UK to enter the competition next year. He performed fantastically well on the day and we look forward to working with him to promote British barbering to a global audience.”
Erik Lander, Steering Group Chairman of the British Barbers’ Association, added: “A truly deserving champion, to get in the ring and be judged by your peers and industry experts takes nerves and Enver showed his resolve, skill and determination to be crowned Best Wet Shaving Barber in Britain.
“He is an inspiration to others to enter the competitions and if at first you don’t succeed, to try again. We are continually learning and I think this shows Enver’s determination to be the best at what he does. Massive congratulations and well done.”
Britain’s Best Shave 2018 National Final: Full Results
Allan Stone beat Jamie Crawford
Yucel Olmezkaya beat Kevin Voyse
Enver Yeshilbulut beat Elvis Gjokaj
Sophie Collins beat Jack Jenkins
Allan Stone beat Yucel Olmezkaya
Enver Yeshilbulut beat Sophie Collins
Enver Yeshilbulut beat Allan Stone