Barbers should enter more competitions, says Stacey McCabe

It's only natural when you think about it; with more men than ever before taking an interest in their image, that the classic trade of barbering is now at the forefront of the hair and beauty industry.

And with barbering on so many peoples' minds, there has never been a better time for barbers to test their talents against other committed professionals in industry competitions.

Winner of Scotland's Best Barber 2016 Stacey McCabe says: “I would always encourage barbers and stylists to enter competitions. They are hard work but reward you with recognition from some of the industry's most talented professionals.”

The South Lanarkshire barber owns Jentz Male Grooming on Maxwelton Avenue, East Kilbride and has been creating exquisite men's hairstyles for over 25-years. Last year, she was named Scotland's Best Barber 2016 after a tense live-final at Scottish Hair and Beauty in Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre.

“Winning Scotland's Best Barber has changed my entire career,” she said. “It has given me a platform to gain more valuable work and opened so many new doors for me.”

Since winning the industry-recognised award, McCabe has worked with some of the industry's biggest brands: American Crew, The Bluebeards Revenge, Slaters Menswear, Salon Services and soon professional barber training service the Great British Barbering Academy.

For those wishing to flourish in an industry that is packed with so many talented professionals, the competitive stage offers an advantage: “It can be difficult to stand out in this industry, especially now that there are so many of us applying our trade. But competitions allow your work to do the talking and offer you the chance to shine.

“It really is a unique experience and I will be eternally grateful to all of the judges and sponsors for presenting me with such a life-changing award.”

Stacey McCabe will be returning to Scotland's Best Barber in 2017 to sit on the judging panel and crown her successor alongside the Great British Barbering Academy's Head Educator Mike Taylor.

Taylor added: “Competitions really are the future of barbering. They present enthusiastic professionals with the chance to showcase their finest work and always help to raise standards within the hair and beauty industry.

“The Great British Barbering Academy is very excited to be hosting this year's Scotland's Best Barber competition and is expecting to see some truly inspirational efforts.”

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