Four Scots are one step closer to being crowned Scotland’s Best Barber this morning, after securing their place in the live final of a prestigious competition of the same name.
Heather Atkinson, Jamie Stuart, Stacey McCabe and Davie Walker triumphed over two other talented barbers in a nail-biting online public vote, after beating off razor-sharp competition from scores of hopefuls from across the country to make the initial shortlist. Walker was added as a wild card entry as the voting was so close between 3rd and 4th place.
The competition, run by the esteemed British Barbers’ Association alongside premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge and Barber NV magazine, also saw Darren Simons and Max McAulay, both from Glasgow, make the cut, but they narrowly missed out on making it through to the final round after falling behind in the public vote.
The four successful winners will now go on to compete at the competition’s prestigious grand final, to be held at the 2016 Scottish Barber trade show at Edinburgh’s RHC, on Sunday 24th April. The barbers will be given an hour on the stage in which to impress judges – who include Britain’s Best Shave champion Luigi Caterino – with two of their most creative cuts.
The winner will be awarded the coveted title of Scotland’s Best Barber, walking away with £250-worth of grooming products from The Bluebeards Revenge and the chance to become an ambassador for the brand.
Research conducted by the British Barbers’ Association together with The Bluebeards Revenge has revealed a surge of 15% in barbershop openings over the past twelve months, with the total number of those trading on Scottish high streets now standing at 1,345 – an increase of 175 compared to this time last year.
The Scotland’s Best Barber competition marks an exciting year for those working in the trade, and The Bluebeards Revenge’s marketing manager Nick Gibbens said that it was hoped to be the first of many.
“It’s great to see the birth of a new wave of barbershops that are opening up across Scotland. Industry standards have been rising and rising for some time now, and it’s clear that those who choose the profession have a lot of passion for what they do. That is what drives them to continue to learn and improve, and Scotland’s Best Barber is a real celebration of that.
“It’s all about raising those standards further still, and inspiring Scottish barbers to reach the top of their game, but also enabling experienced barbers to put their skills to the test and see how far they have really come. This might be the first time we have run the competition in Scotland, but it certainly won’t be the last.”
THE FINAL 4:
From: Davie The Barbers, Paisley
From: Barber & Groom, Gourock
From: Barberdoo, Edinburgh
From: Jentz Male Grooming, East Kilbride
Interested in watching the grand final at Scottish Barber 2016 later this month? You can register for tickets today by clicking here.