A Dundee barber was left feeling “ecstatic” when he was crowned as Scotland’s Best Barber 2017 at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Show on Sunday 23 April.
Vincent Quinn – who is the Head Barber at Hard Grind Dundee – fought off tough competition to lift the prestigious champion’s trophy in front of an enthusiastic crowd on the Great British Barbering Academy stage. The barber impressed the industry-recognised judging panel with his captivating stage presence and slick styling skills.
“I’m incredibly honoured to be named as Scotland’s Best Barber 2017,” said Vincent. “I was up against some really tough competition, but I’m ecstatic that my performance was enough to impress the judges and the crowd.”
The live final of the competition took place on day one of the popular trade show and was hosted by the Great British Barbering Academy, premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge, Salon Services, and leading trade magazine Barber NV.
The stage was all set for the competition’s six finalists to perform exquisite cuts: Alisha Storrie, Ethan Stubbs, Scott Reynolds, Crihan Corneliu, Dianne Philbin and Vincent Quinn all made it through to the final after an online poll that received in excess of 5000 votes across 25 shortlisted barbers. The chosen six were then given one hour to create a man’s hairstyle that would impress the judges at the live final. The judges marked each cut on its difficulty, health and safety, techniques used, and overall look. Extra marks were also awarded for stage presence.
When asked about the inspiration for his final cut, Vincent called upon his history. Originally from Manchester, he told the judges that his cut took inspiration from the bowl cuts and ‘Gallagher’ cuts that popular rock band Oasis inspired. “I’m taking the classic bowl cut and giving it a more modern interpretation,” explained the 25-year-old while on the stage. “It’s a bowl cut for the Indy kids that can be worn every day.”
The Hard Grind barber’s cut was a huge hit with the judges, who admired its precision and the story that Vincent gave to it. The Great British Barber Academy’s Head Educator Mike Taylor even labelled it as “an exceptional example of the incredibly high standards of Scottish barbering.”
Vincent began his barbering journey at the age of 15, when he spent four years at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon salon in Manchester. “I’ve always been interested in art,” says Vincent, “but unfortunately I can’t even draw a stickman! The art of cutting hair drew me into barbering and has allowed me to express my creativity by constructing shapes with hair. When I started my training 10-years ago, there wasn’t a great amount on offer as barbering was nowhere near as popular as it is today. At Vidal I qualified in barbering, advanced barbering, and women’s hair – it was a fantastic experience.
“I chose to study women’s hair alongside my barbering qualifications because I am a big advocate in reducing the divide between barbering and hairdressing. We all need to accept that both practices have evolved dramatically and that there is a great deal to be learned from both.”
On this year’s Scotland’s Best Barber competition, The Great British Barbering Academy’s Head Educator Mike Taylor said: “The Scottish barbering scene is only getting bigger and better. This year’s competition has been entered, viewed, and appreciated by more people than ever before and this certainly highlights the increased recognition that barbering is now receiving. Men are now looking after themselves a lot more and have finally realised that a barber is the best person to cut their hair.
“All of our finalists were incredible and they should all be very proud of their performances. It was fantastic to experience the passion that each of them has for their trade, and it is clear that keeping up with the high demands that barbering requires is important to each and every one of them.
“Vincent’s cool and collected stage presence really impressed the judges, as did his creative cut. He should be very proud to call himself Scotland’s Best Barber 2017. It’s certainly no mean feat, and he has done incredibly well to get to this point.”
As the winner of Scotland’s Best Barber 2017, Vincent has received an impressive list of prizes that will help him to continue to practice the barbering trade. He received: £500 worth of professional-quality hair and grooming products from The Bluebeards Revenge, a Kensington barber chair from Salon Services to the value of £850, a shiny new pair of Matsuzaki barbering scissors, a year’s subscription to Barber NV, and a double-page spread dedicated to his win in the next edition of the trade magazine.
The final placing’s for this year’s Scotland’s Best Barber final can be seen below:
1. Vincent Quinn
2. Crihan Corneliu
3. Dianne Philbin
4. Alisha Storrie & Ethan Stubbs
5. Scott Reynolds