Barbers all over the UK are celebrating today, after being shortlisted to take part in a national competition to be crowned Britain’s Best Wet Shaving Barber.
After months of sweat, blood (they didn’t make it through!) and tears, seven outstandingly talented barbers have shaved their way into the live finals of Britain’s Best Shave 2020!
Yucel Olmezkaya (Mr Barbers), Jim Dee (Cresswell Barber Co.), Claire Cant (Claark Barbers), Anthony Komodikis (House of Thrix), Fakir Shamsaden (Bobby’s Barbers), Emanuele Chiruzzi (Aveda Men Cutters Yard) and Marian Jarcu (Mojo’s Barbershop) all beat off razor sharp competition to earn the right to challenge for the prestigious Champion’s Belt in front of a live audience at HJ Live London – one of the UK’s largest hair and beauty shows.
To make the final cut, these formidable talents impressed the judges (all leading barbers themselves) with their skills across a number of strict disciplines, including shave preparation, razor technique, client aftercare and health and safety. As a result, they are all now honing their blades ahead of the main event on Sunday 29 March.
On the day, two-time defending Champion Enver Yeshilbulut (Kings Barbers Male Grooming) will join the 2020 finalists as he aims to make history by being the only Champion to ever successfully defend his title three years in a row. On Britain’s Best Shave, he said: “This competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious prize in the barbering industry and attracts hundreds of entries every year. To share the ring with the 2020 finalists will be a huge honour and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds.”
Run by the British Barbers’ Association (BBA) and supported by leading men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge, Britain’s Best Shave is now the longest-running competition of its kind.
Bradley Wicks, Marketing Manager for The Bluebeards Revenge, summarised the importance of the competition, saying: “Britain’s Best Shave is about more than just shaving. It encapsulates the growth of barbering in Britain over the last few years and highlights the high levels of skill that can be seen throughout the trade.
“Every year the level of competition improves and it’s because of competitions likes this and the dedicated work of associations such as the BBA. The Bluebeards Revenge is very proud to support such an iconic competition that celebrates one of the most established and respected trades on the planet.”
Trevor Studd, Director of the BBA, added: “The amazing thing about getting to watch the UK’s most talented barbers in this type of competition is seeing them get the recognition they deserve in a live show environment. Britain’s Best Shave truly brings together the best of the UK, and those that have made it to the finals seem to really cherish the platform they’ve been given. The BBA is extremely proud to share this experience with its community. From the heats right through to the finals, our family grows and strengthens every year.”
Gary Machin, the competition’s Head Judge, concluded: “As a barber, business owner and educator it excites me on all levels to be involved in this fantastic competition. It makes me very proud to see first-hand how this event brings together the best wet shavers in Britain. The participation and standard of work gets better year after year and fills me with such pride that our industry is heading in the right direction, with so many passionate and talented barbers out there.
“I’d like to say well done to all the competitors who have taken part this year. And to those that have made it to the finals in London, I wish you good luck! Remember, preparation is the key to success – from travelling to the event to the model you choose, everything can make or break your ambition to become Britain’s Best Wet Shaving Barber.”