AMERICAN CREW ALL-STAR CHALLENGE UK AND IRELAND WINNERS
Congratulations to Serena Hussain Hill from Toni & Guy Birmingham and Ciara Madden from Marks Barbers who have been named the UK and IE winners of the 2021 All-Star Challenge respectively.
After the first-round of the brand’s highly-anticipated global grooming competition, their images stood out to the judges (one of whom was MB editor Charlotte). Matt Horder, Revlon Professional commercial director for UK & IE commented on the talent: “The past year has taught us a thing or two about our community and our American Crew family. We are so proud of the winners and runners up whose passion and skill shone through in their entries and now join our elite All-Star Challenge hall of fame winners from years past.”
As the All-Star Challenge progresses, Serena and Ciara’s work will be submitted to the American Crew All-Star Challenge Global Committee, which consists of David Raccuglia, founder of American Crew, Paul Wilson, global artistic director; Phoenix Thomson, global education director; and Luke Munn, 2019-2020 Australian All-Star Challenge Winner.
Announced in June 2021, the five Global All-Star Challenge winners will receive a number of prizes including a $5,000 monetary award and an allexpense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to participate in an editorial photo shoot directed and shot by David Raccuglia.
ANDIS ANNOUNCES KEVIN LUCHMUN’S NEW ROLE
Andis Company has announced that renowned barber, men’s stylist, educator and photographer Kevin Luchmun has joined the brand as international artistic team lead.
In a newly created role Kevin will play a pivotal part in the development of educational programs and artistic directions for photoshoots. He will also be instrumental in the formation of new programs to continually develop the creative and editorial talents of Andis’ audience of creators.
NEWS IN BRIEF
NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS (NOS) ARE APPROVED
The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Hairdressing have been published by Government, following consultation with Habia. A key feature of the new standards was meeting the needs of the diverse UK population. Joan Scott, chair of Habia said: “Despite a challenging year, we’re delighted the review of the national standards hasn’t been delayed. There was a great deal of interest in the hair standards as it was important they should be inclusive of all hair types, including wavy, curly and coily.”
FUTURE TALENT SHINES BRIGHT
Congratulations to the finalists in the Raw Talent Barbering Competition, sponsored by VTCT and brought to you by Mike Taylor Education and BARBERFEST. The talent we saw was truly amazing. Come watch the live final at BARBERFEST on Monday 5 July, held at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel. The competition is split up into three categories of barbering abilities – Freshers, Graduates and Post-Graduates. Read the full list of finalists at www. modernbarber.co.uk/congratulationsto-raw-talent-barbering-competitionfinalists/
HAPPY (BELATED!) PRIDE MONTH
June marked Pride month, however MB firmly believes that equality for LGBTQ+ communities should be a focus all year round. Need a recap of current issues? Watch Hair Has No Gender on Modern Barber’s YouTube channel where barber Keri Blue talks MB through how you can be inclusive in the barbershop to both clients and colleagues. It’s essential viewing. Follow @hairhasnogender for more information and for details of the training programmes that Keri offers.
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NEW DARK STAG AMBASSADORS
Barber tool company Dark Stag are proud to introduce barbers Bridey Jo and AJ Rapture as their very first ambassadors.
The British-based manufacturers of barber tools are making a push to offer barbers superior online services to complement their equipment. Their strategy started in May, with the onboarding of two official ambassadors who will be spearheading the company’s online expansion.
NEW DARK STAG AMBASSADORS
The Collective Pride Awards, presented by the Lions Barber Collective, has launched to recognise barber, beauty and hair professionals who go above and beyond for others and their local communities, acknowledging that the industry offers way more than just personal care treatments.
Launched by the mental wellbeing and suicide prevention charity, the brandnew awards will recognise the hard work of unsung hair and beauty heroes (individuals and teams) in eight categories. “After losing award-winning barber, Lions Barber Collective ambassador and friend Sam Wall to suicide last year, I wanted to do something to keep his name alive – celebrating those who really look after their clients and the communities they sit within, as well as those who go above and beyond to make a difference to the industry,” explained Tom Chapman, founder of The Lions Barber Collective.
Modern Barber (part of Professional Beauty Group) is thrilled to announce that we are official media partners of the Collective Pride Awards.
Beyond Business AwardMore Than AwardAgainst The Odds AwardsMy Saviour AwardSpecial Recognition Awards (there are three categories in this section)The Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Exceptional Educator AwardExceptional CollegeSam Wall Unsung Hero Award – the jewel in the awards’ crown. An individual can be nominated for this award for a truly superlative effort to help others, going above and beyond the call of duty within the hair, beauty and barbering industry – or within their community.
If you have a friend, family member, a colleague that springs to mind – the charity urges you to nominate them!
Entries for each category opens on 1 July and closes on 15 November 2021. Every nomination will be given equal consideration by a board of specialist judges. The winners will be announced at a glamourous event at the Barber- Surgeons’ Hall in London on 17 January 2022.
To enter and for more details on each category, visit www.collectiveprideawards.co.uk