One of the highlights at Barberfest is our Raw Talent Barbering competition, brought to you by Mike Taylor Education and sponsored by VTCT.
The competition is designed to give a platform to barbering students and apprentices, offering them the chance to show the industry what they can do, while presenting them with a career springboard like no other.
The first round of the competition was judged based on photographic entries sent in, with finalists being invited to compete live at Barberfest, recreating their look for the panel of judges. It’s a great atmosphere to show the barbering world they are one to watch — and not just that, the winner will win a prize of £250!
The Raw Talent Barbering Competition is aimed at students currently undertaking a formally accredited Level 2 barbering qualification, currently registered on the Hair Professional Standards (Barbering) or recently qualified within the previous 12 months.
2021 runner-up Yasemin Hassan from Joe and Co, says: “I entered Raw Talent because I wanted to challenge myself, I wanted to integrate myself into the industry and wanted to showcase a look I was really passionate about. I had no idea what to expect but everyone was so lovely and supportive and at the end of the day, it’s all a learning experience and good fun to just take part in. I didn’t win, but I loved the fact I made it to the final and that was the most important thing for me. A lot of the guys from my salon came and my family and the amount of support you get, the vibe and the atmosphere is something I can’t put into words. It’s nerve wracking, but the feeling once you’ve done it is really worth it.”
Sunday 10 JULY
The competition takes place throughout Barberfest, with three categories:
• Freshers – for students, this category is for those working towards a Level 2 qualification at a college or training academy
• Graduate – for apprentices, finalists are those who are currently on the Hair Professional Standards (Barbering) Apprenticeship
• Post-Graduate – for junior barbers, come and watch the finalists who have recently achieved a Level 2 qualification in Barbering (within 12 months)