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Contents NEWS 06

INDUSTRY UPDATE We share the latest news in the industry.


MASTER BARBER LIVE 2019 PREVIEW Learn more about the up and coming event taking place this September, Master Barbers Live.



BARBERSHOP CONSUMABLES We have all the products your clients will be looking for this summer!


SHAVING AND SKINCARE Yucel Olmezkaya talks through his step by step shaving and skincare routine. EQUIPMENT OLD AND NEW We go back in time and see how popular brands in the industry have changed.


CHARITY FOCUS Armour to Barber explain how they offer ex-service men a chance with a barbering career.



BARBERSHOP OF THE MONTH Notjust Barbers in Manchester, express pure minimalism throughout their Barbers.


MANAGING DIRECTOR JOHN DENNING © 2019 TGM Publishing Limited, The Goods Shed, Jubilee Way, Whitstable Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8GD. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form – electronic, mechanical or physical – without express prior permission and written consent of the publisher. Contributions are invited and when not accepted will be returned only if accompanied by a fully stamped and addressed envelope. Manuscripts should be type written. No responsibility can be taken for drawings, photographs or literary contributions during transmission or in the editor’s hands. In the absence of an agreement the copyright of all contributions, literary, photographic or artistic, belongs to TGM Publishing Limited. The publisher accepts no responsibility in respect of advertisements appearing in the magazine and the opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the Publisher. The Publisher cannot accept liability for any loss arising from the late appearance or non publication of any advertisement.



RISING STAR Meet Ruthless Barbers Josh and how he started his successful career.


BARBERS AROUND THE WORLD Travel around the world with us to get an idea of barbering from Poland!


BOSS TALK Get inspired by Lee from The Urban Gent, who shares his story of his successful career.





his month’s issue is filled with some great content! With the Master Barber Live coming up… we spoke to Cofounder Anthony Copeland to find out more about the show and details of what to expect during the busy event. We take a journey around the world and get to know barbers form all over! Including 16-year-old Nikodem who is an award-winning barber in Poland, go to page 30 to learn more about the Poland way of barbering! It’s worth the read. This months Boss Talk is with Lee from the Urban Gent, he was once interested in the coffee industry and made a swift turn towards the barbering trade, his story is really inspiring so, take a look if you’re looking for some inspo! As you know the magazine has recently introduced a charity focus page, this month we decided to speak with Armour to Barber to get to know more about their charity with a little background story, which will help a great cause! Head over to page 50 to see this month’s rising star, a great guy who has been in the industry for about 3 years! Josh from Ruthless barbers gives his story about how he joined the industry make sure you check out his instagram too! We have had the pleasure of working with Josh on our stand at Barber UK and Barber Connect where he received many compliments for his barbering skills. Hope you enjoy the read!




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Industry update Panasonic rise the bar again!

O National student barber of the year 2019


.he competition is to discover students who have got what it takes to be ranked amongst the next generation of British barbering talent. The competition will give learners the chance to develop their skills and demonstrate their technique to their peers, as well as being recognised for their exceptional achievement. The competition is open to all BBA members, and the student must be studying a formally accredited barbering qualification. Paulina is currently studying a Level 2 Barbering Apprenticeship on the Hair Professional Standards (barbering). Students entered from throughout the UK. Paulina is a student at Michaeljohn. She has demonstrated outstanding barbering skills, and Ryan Rushworth, Paulina’s assessor, decided to enter her in for the British Barbers’ Association (BBA) National Student Barber of the Year 2019 competition. Out of all that entered, Paulina came first place, winning a certificate of merit, a trophy and a goody bag of industry products as well as a cash prize of £500. This will be presented by The British Barbers’ Association at an award ceremony later in the year.


llie Foster, Director of Number 47 Barbers in Chester has been one of The Barber Magazine’s Rising Stars, and recently received a Panasonic T-Outliner to try out. “I’ve just received the new Panasonic T-Outliners and I’m enjoying them very much. They’re versatile and are a fantastic edition to my tool kit, especially when used as an all-rounder. I specifically use them to trim up any moustaches that sit in my chair.” Easy to use! “They’re also ideal for brittle skin and kids. Ultimately, they’re lightweight, easy to maintain, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone!”

NBBS Barber and Beauty event


ark Sproston has been announced to be the first overseas and international educator at the NBBS Barber and Beauty event in Atlanta Jan 2020. Mark has been teaching the professional wet shave for 2 decades, he has demonstrated all over the world including Europe, Far East and Middle East. He has collaborated with some of the world’s well- known shave and skincare brands and created shave and skincare treatments for the beauty and spa industry. He has several following from the US including those who run NBBS Barber and Beauty event in Atlanta,

he has therefore been asked to attend their show as their first international and overseas educator, on the main stage and small workshops.

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The Dandy Gent, Expands


wner of renowned Derbybased barbershop and product manufactory, Shane O’Shaughnessy, is looking for experienced barbers to work from his third Dandy Gent branch opening in the Nottingham City centre this summer. Following a strong growth in business in Derby, Shane feels that the time is right to expand outside of his beloved Derby and into the developing ‘gateway to Nottingham’ adjacent to the city’s beautiful train and tram station. The Dandy Gent was founded in 2012 as the eye-catching brand for busy barber, Shane’s new range of 6 handmade traditional grooming products. These included shaving cream, soap, oil and beard care products. The popularity of the products and its traditional branding led Shane to re-brand

his small Derby barbershop in-line with the products - a move that has proved a master stroke for the Master Barber. Today Shane steers the good-ship Dandy, based at his Irongate shop - and is looking for barbers to continue to build his strong reputation - this time in the neighbouring city of Nottingham. Applications, in the first instance, should be directed to: shane@

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The Master Barber Live offer 25 free tickets to their upcoming event!


.he Barber Magazine have joined forces with The British Master Barbers to bring 25 lucky readers and their friend’s free tickets to their amazing barber show Master Barber Live. Sign up today for the chance for you and a friend to win free entry to a host of educational seminars, product exhibitors, main stage demonstrations and even watch the British Master Barber of the year live final. The Master Barber Live Show is held on Sunday the 8th September at the Arora Hotel Crawley near Gatwick. A modern venue with plenty of facilities for show goers. If you want to stay on and join in the after party, you can find discounts on hotel rooms and more information about the show at the official website.


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s the popularity of social channels continue to soar, brands and retailers are .considering how to bring highly visual, memorable and shareable moments into physical stores. Moving further towards spaces which will resonate with the next generation of digital-led consumers. Familiar with the brand? Jack the Clipper has become a household name; renowned for making Londoners look sharp with expert techniques handed down from three generations of master barbers. Situated in the heart of Bow Lane, London, the store elicits a playful satire, ode to the brutal killings of Jack the Ripper. “Tasked with creating the new design blueprint, our challenge was to ensure that the concept felt luxurious and original; whilst invoking the brand story in a contemporary and authentic way,” the studio said. “Several exciting visual cues are introduced throughout the space, referencing the industrial design of the Victorian era and adding a layer of theatre.” As part of this ‘new’ barber experience, clients are also invited down to the Basement Bar, where they are offered the finest selection of drinks. The custom-made bar is a relaxed yet luxurious setting, invoking a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ look and feel.

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VTCT appoints three new trustees


TCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) is a specialist-awarding organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. VTCT has over 1,900 approved centres globally, with a market share of 63% within the UK hair & beauty sector. They offer smarter support for brighter futures, ensuring the learner is at the heart of our work, through world-class qualifications and education resources. VTCT and iTEC has added three new board members, exemplifying

the vocational and technical awarding body’s period of growth. VTCT’s qualifications span a range of sectors including hairdressing and barbering, beauty therapy, complementary therapy, sports, active health and fitness, hospitality, business and retail, and learning and development. The new appointments include former Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws (April 2019), Executive Director of M Squared Media, Jayne Lewis-Orr (February 2019), as well as higher education specialist, Stephanie Richardson (October 2018).

levels are new technical qualifications which will be offered by schools and colleges for 16-18-year olds. They are two-year programmes set at level 3 and will be equivalent to achieving three A levels. The T level for hair, beauty and aesthetics is currently under development, although it will not be introduced until 2022 or 2023. Learners will complete a common core programme and then specialise in either hairdressing, barbering or beauty therapy. A consultation is expected on the draft hair and beauty T level in late July. The content of T level programmes is based on the equivalent apprenticeship standards. Unlike apprenticeships which are mostly work-based, T levels include a work placement which only last 45-60 days. A recent report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has shown that finding enough work placements will be a major concern for providers, especially in sectors such as hair and beauty which are dominated by small and micro businesses. In response, the government has introduced some flexibility into placements, including a trial of employer cash incentives for the first wave of T levels.

NICCE SS20 Johnathan Andrew for Fudge Professional


ondon Fashion week Men’s took place in June with an exciting schedule. “NICCE was going old school with it’s collection drawing on the bold style of


the 90’s rave flyers. So, I wanted to take the hair on a sporty festival vibe, stylish but related working with the natural textures for boys and girls creating slick wet lock finishes.”

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loractive’s Barber-Line was developed to allow Hairdressing Industries the opportunity to reflect on Classical and Vintage ways of treatment, styling and after care products. And the opportunity to witness the birth of the first Barber-Line Products with a more rustic design rich with natural ingredients dating back in time. All products have packaging and essences that refer to the classic and vintage assets such as cloves, Cinnamon, Melaleuca, Rum, among others. According to research done with some barbers, it has been identified that the barbering industries has grown much more since 2013, with lectures and workshops, many hairdressers have perfected themselves to offer the best treatment to their clients. From this line of thought, Floractive has identified that in addition to quality treatment, barbers need to use the highest quality products to ensure the best performance in their work. It was from this principles and understanding that Floractive developed its products brands by

founder - Wilson Oliveira - CEO of Floractive. Floractive Barbersline is composed from moulding ointments of various types, beard balm, shampoo and mask for treatment, hair tonic, oil and lotion for moisturizing the beard. Floractive Barber-Line has been designed and developed with active and natural ingredients such as cloves, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Melaleuca, which moisturises, nourish and leaves the beard, hair and moustache feeling soft, healthy and refreshing. We believe our Brands and Products will introduce a new and revolutionary ways of taking great care of consumers within the Hair industries. Our aim is to be providing the best quality products to the Hairdressing Industries in order to meet the desires and expectations of consumers. Floractive Barber-Line Products will help consumers to archive the classic and vintage look they desire and keeping the hair strands healthy and nourished. Contact: Tel: 07383 310116 Instagram: @floractive_europe floractiveeurope



What to expect! On the 8th of September, The Master Barbers Live Show returns with a remarkable line up of talented Barbers from all around the UK. Come see us on Stand 12.


he Master Barber Live is the perfect place to inspire BMB members along with barbers from around the country. Anthony Copeland is the Co- founder of the British Master Barbers and is very excited to host such an eventful show. Anthony Copeland: “Education will be at the forefront of this year’s show with the Great British Barbering Academy team offering free seminars throughout the day, displaying a range of shaving fading and traditional techniques a real must for anyone looking to brush up on their skills or theory knowledge.” “New for this year we have opened the Members stage. An area for BMB members to learn and progress their stage platform skills. Hosted throughout the day by Sean Sweeney and Robert Grosvenor, members will get the chance to demonstrate live on stage in front of a friendly crowd of likeminded peers. These lucky people will also get a free stage presence seminar with the amazing Sid Sottung who will be on hand to guide them through their demonstration.” Several familiar faces will be appearing at the show, known throughout the industry. This is a great opportunity for those who follow these individuals to have the chance to meet and gain further knowledge


about the industry. The show is welcome to anyone, all you need to do is go onto the Master Barber website: for further information. Anthony Copeland adds: “Headed by none other the amazing hair artist and Grand Master Barber MK who will be commentating the entire show, he will be introducing the newly formed evolved team, a young group of highly skilled barbers displaying the new wave of modern barbering techniques. Mike Taylor and his team will be displaying why they offer the best education in the UK currently and Andy’s Barbershop team will be on stage talking about how to run a successful business.” “This year we are giving away tickets to students attending college completely free if applied through the college so, if any colleges or lecturers would like to get their students

involved and would like to apply for free tickets to this event please contact us at” British Master Barber of the year is sponsored by Andis. With this year’s category being ‘Music through the decades’ there is no specific genre, if there is an obvious link to the music culture all you must do is wow the crowd and impresses the hand-picked selection of judges. The Entry is open now for BMB members to apply until the closing date 24th August. New for this year they have decided to open the Members stage. The purpose for this it to be a dedicated area for BMB members to learn and progress their stage platform skills. Hosted throughout the day by Sean Sweeney and Robert Grosvenor, members will get the chance to demonstrate live on stage in front of a friendly crowd of likeminded peers. These lucky people will also get a free stage presence seminar with the amazing Sid Sottung who will be on hand to guide them through their demonstration. For more details about the show and to purchase tickets please visit

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much not knowing how to do a proper men’s cut. I like barbering because it lets me use more of the creative side of my brain, I’m very visual and because I’m dealing with a lot of gradient from light to dark, I find it very therapeutic. It doesn’t feel like work, more like hanging out with friends and cutting hair. My signature look would be blending barbering and hairdressing together. Barbering is a lifestyle, it’s not a job. Once you learn the craft you can go anywhere in the world.

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It all started with cutting hair, little by little I realised I could actually make a living out of this. I asked people in school and the neighbourhood if they wanted a haircut and developed from there. A lot of barbering came from hip hop, when I started out, I cut a lot of musicians’ hair. What makes a great barber shop is to have great service, treat people with respect and provide a great hair cut because where I grew up in Puerto Rico, you had to be good to stand out. Your eyes are your best teacher, continue to practice, the more you work with different textures the more you get it.

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COMFORT AND STYLE revolving and reclining man chair with hydraulic base. head rest, footrest and metal arm rests skai covered. covering skai. Brings a great style to your Barbershop to make sure your barbers trendy and comfortable for the clients. Find the full collection:

Featuring Bluebeards classic British barbershop scent that has been specially designed with sea salt minerals to give men a natural look that adds hold, volume, texture and wave. It’s summertime in a bottle! shake the sea salt spray well before use to activate the sea salt minerals. spray onto wet hair and blowdry into shape with a comb or brush to create a style that will last all day. Find more here:


Introducing a self-heating foil sheet mask, packed with hyaluronic acid & Q10 to deeply hydrate and add moisture back into dry, dehydrated skin. Within the 20-minute treatment, your natural body temperature will radiate from your face and reflect against the foil. This process creates a warming sensation, which helps to accelerate the penetration of ingredients into the skin. Shop the masks here:


a dry styling spray that creates instant volume and texture that lasts. so, hair feels fuller and more textured. Full Dry Volume Blast is ideal for fine, flat hair and anyone seeking volume and texture. It is silicone-free, safe and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair. Shop the whole collection here:

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IT’S DETANGLE TIME Alter Ego’s Gentle Detangler is suitable for all hair types and is perfect for restoring brilliant levels of hydration along with adding elasticity and softness to the hair. It’s great to use on clients in salon as part of the Alter Ego scalp rituals or to retail to your clients for home use with their regular shampoo. Shop the whole collection here:


Bending society’s expectation of male grooming, MVRCK gives room for unconventional styles while still embodying the classic skill and craftsmanship of barbering. Modernise, revamp or just maintain your look with the latest range that is rooted in functionality and authenticity. Created for barbers by barbers, a complete line of trusted products designed to suit any grooming need, elevating your experience at home or in the barbershop. Shop more from the collection at: mvrck/



Unisex cutting cape featuring a PVC window which protects your clothing but allows your client to use their phone or read a magazine. Gown made from static-free 100% polyester. Water repellent. Features a press stud fastening that adjusts to fit all. Find more gowns here:

Why not treat yourselves to a relaxing foot treatment? Dry, hard, rough skin will naturally shed from the feet over the course of 7 days, leaving feet feeling soft and looking refreshed. Remove booties from pouch and cut along cutting lines. Wash feet thoroughly with clean water only. Dry feet thoroughly and place clean, dry feet into the booties. Wear for a maximum of 90 minutes. Remove booties and thoroughly wash hands and feet with water only. For smooth soft skin! Shop the masks here:


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More than just a booking system With the on-going evolution of technology, it is now becoming easier to run a business, no matter the size. The old barbering ways are still popular but booking systems within the industry are ensuring appointments and information is well organised and kept safe for the business.


hilst in the Barber industry walk-in appointments predominantly remain, there’s a lot of technology that businesses can be using to further improve their booking rate. So, Salon Tracker software are discussing the benefits of online booking and how this can advance footfall within your business. By offering a solely walk-in service, you’re only attracting opportunity clients who are passing your business, or who know of your barbers and have therefore travelled there specifically to get their hair cut. On occasions such as these, if the client comes into your salon, say they can’t get an appointment at that time, they may then perhaps look elsewhere if they haven’t got long to wait. So, how can online booking help, what are the benefits? If a client walks-in and can’t get an appointment with you right at that moment, with online booking, they can register for your app and see when your appointment gaps are later that day. Not to mention, by offering an app, you are then capturing client’s details in the process, to be able to further market to these customers later. Once you then offer an online service continuously at your barbers, this also helps to improve your client retention. As if you have a regular customer and you offer online booking, next time this client needs an appointment, they can make a direct booking with you at


their preferred time and often with their chosen barber too. So, for any new clients, if you offer this service from the beginning this then helps to hold their custom too. You also start to further attract customers who may want to book in with you via the app at convenient times, for example over lunch breaks if they work close to your premises, or even after work on their way home. If you only offer a walk-in service, a client may be less likely to chance visiting your barbers over their lunch hour, as they take the risk of you being too busy and then they may have had a wasted journey if they are pushed for time. However, if you have a booking app that clients can use, they then have the confirmation that their booking is

made at their chosen time – meaning that they can just nip out over their lunch hour, or other chosen time! By offering an online booking package, as a business you also have much more control over your appointments and you can start to further identify sales information, including peak booking times. Not to mention, your barber booking system is then accessible 24/7 and being productive even when business doors are closed. You may fill an appointment gap that you may not necessarily have done if you didn’t get a walk in at that same time. Trial Salon Tracker FREE for a fortnight, with no obligation: Email or call 0113 350 8230 for more info.



ALONGENIUS is one of the longest-standing businesses in the industry and has been working closely with hair and beauty professionals for the past 20 years to become the software it is today. Even if you have a smaller barbershop with only a few working barbers, or you run a group of businesses with a multitude of services, having a flexible booking system helps you organise and strategically plan your days and minimises the risk of any errors and double bookings. Because, the system allows you to, get an overview of your bookings for the week or dig into each barber’s schedule, to see where there’s availability and help manage the workload in the barbershop. Barbers and receptionist can easily search up a client and receive an overview of any client who will walk through the door. The SALONGENIUS system keeps hold of information about the client; their preferred barber, latest allergy test and even how they like their tea and coffee. Ensuring that all information inputted into your SALONGENIUS system can also be viewed in the form of reports making admin and financials a breeze! SALONGENIUS offers an exclusive Sage pay-integrated payment solution

with some of the best transaction rates in the industry. Available with both wired or wireless card terminals, pdqGENIUS works with chip & pin payments, contactless, Google Pay and Apple Pay. Businesses who have

swapped to pdqGENIUS from other payment solutions have been able to save a 20-30% of their monthly card bill. Within SALONGENIUS, you can utilise intuitive performance gauges to identify business strengths as well as areas of improvement. The system also gives you forecasts for how business changes such as increased pricing or higher retention rates could boost your bottom line. Choose whether to only take bookings via your reception desk, or to allow clients to book appointments online via your website and Facebook page. The system also offers SMS appointment reminders, which have been known to reduce no-shows SALONGENIUS by up to 90%. SALON offers a range of features designed to help you run your business smoothly and successfully. These include staff targets, stock control, automated marketing, loyalty cards and much more. Find out more at



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dam Szulc has been barbering since 1986, a total of 33 years to be precise. He remembers .being a child playing with his toys in a bathtub pretending to shave their ‘beards’. It was about that time when he decided to tell his parents that he wanted to become a barber. Barbering has been a passion in his family for many years. Adam explains: “My grandfather was a barber during the II World War when Poland was under German occupation. He learnt his craft from a German craftsman during his exile. My grandfather was always supportive of my decision to go to the barber school and he was one of my first models on who I practised shaving. He’d still ask me to shave his face even when he was at the end of his days. I dedicated my first book to him.” Adam not only enjoys barbering, he has a passion for music and for many years played the drums in various bands. Which reflects in his barbering work. “My interests about subcultures are intertwined with my everyday work. Haircuts that I do are rawer and a bit punky, but I also like the traditional barbering. My other great passion is history. I like facts, historic details, and I like to combine them all in my work.


Every time I look at a historical figure, the first thing that I notice is their haircut.” We know how popular barbering is in England and how much the profession has grown over the years. Adam has seen a population growth in barbering also but in Poland. He refers to barbering in Poland in the 90s to 2014 as “A great Misery”. He adds: “Stylists were a new thing back then and they were supposed to do everything: cut men’s hair, lowlight women’s hair, do perms, and maybe even match the colour of nail polish to outfits. I believe that a barber and a hairdresser or stylist represent two, entirely different professions which differ in almost every aspect - interior design, history of the profession, different tools and cosmetics, and most importantly, the gender of a client they’re serving.” Adam states both men and females expect different things from their hairdresser/barber. He explains that men need continuity and tradition but a woman, on the other hand, wants to be constantly surprised by her hairdresser. Adam adds: “In old American barbershops, a man was facing the room when seated on a chair was because, he wanted to be a part of the collective, including the waiting room. In a beauty salon, women usually require peace, relaxed atmosphere, and intimate conversation with their

hairdresser. All of that simply cannot coexist in one place.” Adam believes that in the UK there are still many old barbers who are greatly respected and are still shaving, cutting hair and work in their classic ways. Overtime Adam has also noticed that in the British barbering scene there is a lot of individualities and eccentrics, which he thinks is good because the barbering profession thrives thanks to those who cross the boundaries. “All barbershops around the world look similar. They all have mirrors, chairs, waiting areas and receptions. Nevertheless, in Poland after 1989, the year when communism collapsed, everything that was widely related to barbering died. It was shameful to be a barber back then. There was no education, shows, or even tools or cosmetics for barbers and their clients. There is not many of us, barbers faithful to the tradition of that time, left. The majority either resigned or… left to the UK.” There are many trends and fads within the industry and styles come and go. “The ways to cut hair in the UK also differ a bit to the ways in which we cut hair in Poland. There’s more extravagance and geometry. It may be the contribution of Vidal

BARBERS AROUND THE WORLD Sassoon. London as the capital of male fashion and barbering is still leading with new trends and still setting the pace for the rest of the barbering world. For many years now, I and my crew have been attending Barber Connect – it’s a very good event. Slowly but surely Poland is catching up so come see us!” In the UK we hold many competitions and exhibitions. As well as, classes and appetencies for those who are looking to develop their career in barbering, which is why the profession is so popular and enjoyed. Adam teaches a class in Poland, which focusses purely on barbering. “I really do hope that clients themselves will notice who became a barber because it’s their passion and who did that just because it’s fashionable.“ He believes barbering is something you do because, it’s the only career you want to pursue. He likes to think of himself as a teacher, by educating all his family members the true skills of barbering. As a father, Adam tries his best to share his love for barbering with his children. Nikodem (his son aged 16) works beside him and attends Adam’s barber classes. In April 2019 he earned the title of The Best National Barber in Poland, so Adam is obviously doing something right. The rest of his family help as much as they can too. “I have two younger sons: Adam (12 years old) and Frank (8 years old). Basically, they’re growing up in a barbershop.” Adam runs his own Barbershop in Poland called, ‘Adam Szulc Barber’ the name being quite simple is a brilliant trademark In Poland and a symbol of reliable work. For short they have decided to name the Barbershop ‘JAMA’ which means ‘The Man’s Cave,’ Adam discusses his Barbershop further: “Inside the barbershop, you can immediately notice barbering done right. The interior decoration is a mixture of my hobbies: hardcore and

punk music, straight-edge philosophy, history, skateboarding and Steam Punk subculture. We have lots of devices made in the spirit of the Victorian Era, just like from the Jules Verne’s stories. They were all made by a local artist.” “There is a whole percussion set built in the reception desk. In the window cells, you can see the posters with haircuts from our latest photo shoots. Music is playing all the time, which just completes the entire vibe. Inside you can buy various cosmetics from all around the world.” Adam decided to write his own book, ‘The Barber’ this is about the history of barbering, cosmetics, tools, various haircuts, beards and so on, in a way it’s

a kind of a handbook for young adepts but also a massive dose of knowledge for barbers with years of experience. Adam systemized his entire knowledge in that book. So far, they have sold more than 5000 copies in just 6 months. Adam offers great classes but stands by only a few procedures to become a successful barber. “Humility, hard work, respect and understanding for other people, striving for success in your own way, not being afraid of implementing your own ideas and not copying others, taking risks and, finally, education, education, and education!”



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ikodem is only 16 years old and lives in Poland, Poznan. He has been interested in barbering for as long as he can remember, mainly because his father runs a barbershop in Poland and has therefore been around barbering most his life. Nikodem adds: “In our family, barbering has always been a part of our everyday life. Even now there are some days when all of us are in the barbershop, working. My sister, as well as my mother, help maintain the order. My sister is also a receptionist and she’s usually taking care of sign-ups, register, and preparing parcels and various orders. My two younger brothers sweep the floors and take out the bins, and my father and I stay chair by chair.” Nikodem remembers sweeping the floors and emptying the bins to get just a peek of the barbering world, until the big day came where at the age of 11, he finally took part in his first training session and knew instantly barbering was the career for him. Although, barbering is his main priority, Nikodem has had interests in the military, especially in airsoft, which he expresses in his barbering work.


He adds: “I’ve been just as well interested in the military, especially in airsoft. It is my passion till this day. Hence my favourite haircuts are uppercuts, skin fades and customised haircuts with strong military features. I also skateboard, whenever I have some free time on my hands I go out with my friends or alone to the nearest skatepark to practice some tricks.” The barbering industry is constantly growing in the UK and attracting more and more people from around the world. With different styles and trends in each Country, barbers are keen to follow those fads. Nikodem explains how Poland’s barbering differs from UK style and trends. “Most and foremost it’s the way in which some haircuts are done. There is currently an on-going trend in Poland on more classical haircuts, combed back, with parts of all sorts, and slick backs. In the UK, from what we’ve noticed, totally extravagant haircuts are now dominating. Haircuts cut high and crops combed forwards have been popular among teenagers, and not only, for a couple of years now. In

Poland, these styles of haircuts somehow cannot break through.” Being only 16, Nikodem has learned countless skills and a wide range of knowledge since working in the industry. He believes certain qualities make a barber successful, he adds: “This profession takes lots of patience, dedication, engagement and most of all, consistency. If you have only just become a student training to become a barber one day, do not take offence when someone asks you to sweep the floor, wash the windows or take out the bins. These are the beginnings that every barber, great one or not, had to go through. Just like me, my father, and every one of his employees.”


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Mathew shows who’s boss! What a great year 2019 was for the entrants of the BBA British Barber of the year competition. The applicant numbers were more than double from last year!


he final became a battle between Rachael Flynn and Mathew Guerin. Mathew Guerin gives his thoughts on the thrilling day. “There’s a selection process where competitors need to send in images of their cuts as an application. Those images go in front of a panel of judges and they then choose the best 6 applicants to compete head to head in a boxing ring on the day. There are 2 elimination heats that everyone takes part in before the two finalists are chosen to go head to head in the last round.” With a busy day ahead, Mathew knew he had to push and do his best to show his skills and talent. “The first heat is a flat top category, a traditional and classical style that shows all areas of skill and abilities. The second heat is a freestyle creative category where the competitors get to show their artistic side. Each round is scored on points and the top two competitors fight it out in the final and can do whatever style or cut they want to try and take the title.” Gary Machin a BBA Judge said, “We knew this was going to be a very competitive and exciting final, all the finalists really wanted the title and you could feel the tension build throughout the day and, the adrenaline was certainly flowing in the boxing ring in the final!” “I stood out in my flat top heats, scoring the highest points. In the next round most people were fading, but I produced something creative with colour and revers fade on a tapered haircut to really stand out. This scored me high enough to get through to the final.” “I was up against Rachel Flynn who is an amazingly creative and precise barber and her final model was a really


effective and unique looking female model, so I was worried to say the least. Fortunately, on the day the judges scored me higher and I won the title.” Mathew not only wins the coveted BBA Belt and title of BBA British Barber of the Year 2019 but also takes away prize money of £2,000 and £500 worth of BBA Male Grooming Products, Wahl

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For gents with style and character This month’s Boss Talk is with Lee Thomas, the owner of The Urban Gent. He tells us how he created his business, from coffee to barbering. 1. How did you get into barbering, was this something you’d always planned? Do you have a tale about your ‘journey’? I used to import green beans from around the world to roast and create coffee blends. I have been in coffee since ‘98. One day, I was watching a television programme about beard products and ingredients and looking down and seeing the labelling of what I was using and not recognising any of the ingredients, I began to research the ingredients and look at how they were combined and started to make my own.

2. When did you start your business, and what differences did this make to your life? I started producing my beard

products for myself a year and a half ago and then with the company a year ago once we have everything certified and the website designed. As everything is handmade, I find it relaxing and methodical, it’s a community that I love being in and everyone is so friendly and supportive, I enjoy the charity work and supporting good causes through the local beard clubs.

3. What has been your best moment? One is definitely seeing the whole range develop and grow, listening to my customers and responding to their requests and needs. After attending our first show and successfully networking with barbers who really like the products and rate them, we can’t wait to see how the brand grows and develops over the next few years.

4. Any further ambitions? I really want to grow the range and develop new avenues like


pomades, clays and a conditioning oil to develop the hair care range. We have recently developed and released our own range of Shampoo & Conditioners aimed at Beards and Hair so, we are starting to make moves into the barbering side already. With our natural range and a vegan choice, we can cater for both barbers and end user a like. I would love to take The Urban Gent into other countries and establish the brand as one of the leaders in natural and organic products. Find out more about Lee at and connect at urban_gent_style

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Yuushuu A new professional range of barber scissors and thinners


uushuu (meaning “Excellence” in Japanese) is pleased to announce the launch of its new ‘PRECISION’ range of professional scissors and thinners. The products have been specifically developed by The AVEC Corporation for today’s barber and are designed to help you master your craft and deliver the perfect end result to clients. Yuushuu ‘PRECISION’ is a high-quality range of professional scissors and thinners that are available in sizes up to 7.0 inch. The scissors and thinners are manufactured using only the finest, high-quality 440C Japanese stainless steel. Every pair of scissors and thinners are hand-made with a convex blade and round tip to give a clean, razor sharp cut on both wet and dry hair.


All Yuushuu scissors have an in-built silencer providing noise free cutting and a forged finger rest with an ergonomic handle to deliver a comfortable hold and help minimise fatigue. Tension of the blades can be altered via the flat screw system using the included screw tool, which adjusts and creates stable tension and a smooth feel. Add texture and remove bulk from the hair with Yuushuu ‘PRECISION’ thinners. Featuring a straight, sharp blade, each pair of thinners has 30 teeth for a smooth feel that doesn’t pull or catch the hair. Thinners are available in two sizes – 6 inch and 6.5 inch. The new Yuushuu ‘PRECISION’ range has been specially designed to appeal to barbers. The ‘PRECISION’ range has a sleek black titanium coating which,

as well as looking stylish and attractive, enhances durability and helps prevent rusting from contact with styling products or professional disinfectant solution. Every scissor is housed in a stylish ‘oriental’ (traditional Kimono pattern) box with a hidden magnetic closure for storing and keeping your scissors safe. Scissor oil is included in every pack and is a must have accessory to help you care for your Yuushuu purchase. The Yuushuu ‘PRECISION’ range is available this summer and can be purchased from selected professional hair and beauty wholesalers across the UK and Republic of Ireland, including most branches of Capital Hair & Beauty and Aston & Fincher.


Help from the pros! Yucel Olmezkaya is a highly skilled barber currently working for MR Barbers, Head of Education, he teaches level 2 and level 3 Barbering and collaborates with West Suffolk College. Yucel is also an educator for the Great British Barbering Academy. He is well known within the industry and has decided to work with The Barber Magazine to share his step by step shaving routine.


ucel believes that facial has become more popular over the years, with a surge in the number of men embracing the beard and moustache trend, but he still thinks a full-face shave is still the traditional service in most barbershops, and in order to achieve the closest and most comfortable shave possible it is vital that you prepare your beard effectively. Yucel says: “Poor shave preparation is one of the most common reasons for shaving irritation and spending just a few minutes getting ready before shaving can transform your shaving results.” “When I shave in the shop, I like to use BBA Men’s grooming product with a combination of Jack Dean post shave products. Using good products to prepare the face is vital as I need the pores opened to be able to have the smoothest shave. I would say 80% of the shaving service is preparation.”

STEP BY STEP WITH YUCEL: STEP ONE Preparation is very important as this can impact on the client’s experience, it can help promote extra services and products, can help prepare the skin and hair to prevent discomfort and aid in the technical execution. All my tools are prepared prior shaving I like to use steamer as this continuously provides heat and moist to the skin to keep the skin at the required temperature for a smoot shave. Consultation, identifying factors on the skin is very important i.e. Hair type, density, texture, hair growth pattern, skin challenges (skin tags, scars, razor bumps) if this is avoided and there are some contraindications this could put your shaving in difficulty.

STEP TWO Exfoliating / face wash is my first product that I apply on the face to cleanse the skin from dirt and oil and doesn’t leave the face stripped or dry.


Natural exfoliating rice particles help remove dead skin and ingrown hairs. This is applied in different massage techniques to stimulate the sebaceous gland and blood flow. Once applied I then use a hot towel to cover the face, this helps to open the pores. I then use BBA shaving butter where this provides nourishment to the skin to reduce any irritation from the razor for a softer luxurious shave.

STEP THREE Lathering and applying shaving cream is an essential part of the shaving service. This lubricates the beard and makes the hair stand out from the skin. Shaving cream must be prepared in good time after the hot towel as we don’t want the skin to get cold otherwise pores will close and shaving will be more irritable for the client. When applying shave cream, I like to use a brush with long bristles, I use circular motion when applying this to keep the pores open and push the lather under the hair.


STEP FOUR The actual shaving starts now where I use a cutthroat razor with single disposable blade. Tensioning the skin is very important to avoid cuts and ensures an even shave. This provides a smooth surface for the razor to pass over and prevents creases, which could cause cuts. This is done with the free hand and always follows the razor. First stroke is always with the directional growth and then against, different techniques (backhand, freehand and reverse freehand. It’s a good practice to do 2 passes depending on the beard and skin condition to execute close shave.

STEP FIVE Post shave – once the shaving is completed, we must bring the skin back to its natural condition. I like to

and softens the face with a light, non-shiny and easy absorbing formula. This is how I shave and the routine I follow to execute my signature shaving.

“I recommend my client to shave usually after the shower as the skin would be then prepared and softened for a close shave, after care advise is always given and products recommended.” apply BBA Post shave balm which provides instant relief from shaving, nourishment to repair razor damage and protects the newly shaved skin from the environment. I then apply the cold towel to close the pores and tighten and tone the skin. Finally, apply the face moisturiser which hydrates

Products for shaving and skincare is important and clients should be advised in how to use products correctly. If you have any top tips you would like to share with us, feel free to email a member of the team! We would love to hear what you can share with the rest of the industry.



A2B This month’s charity focus is with Armour to Barber, a charity helping ex-service personal reinvent themselves within the barbering industry.


.he Armour to Barber movement founded by former serviceman Liam Hamilton.

Liam and Armour to Barber Liam generously devoted 21 years of his life serving in the Coldstream Guards. He was later medically discharged to then be challenged with an adversity that nearly 14,000 forces members face each year- a lack of post- service jobs opportunity. Liam previously had experience within the barbering industry, this gave him an opportunity to get back to what he was doing before he decided to become a serviceman. Barbering gave him a platform to build his own business, and hopefully start a career for himself. He was able to develop many skills: trade and leadership, which he is now able to use wisely towards his career. He decided to join his two past experiences together, with the help of The Bluebeards Revenge, Liam and his Armour to Barber (A2B) programme


are now empowering former service personnel to reinvent themselves, just like Liam wanted to do for himself, he aims to help others develop careers within the barbering industry, with the support desired to do so.

Armour to Barber Thesis Technology Products Ltd. Is a family business established in the 90’s by a crowd of engineers, technical and finance professionals, designing and manufacturing an increasingly diverse range of solutions including NeoCape (barbers cape.) NeoCapes water-resistant hairdressing gown from Thesis Technology, and the charity Armour to Barber decide to collaborate in hope to raise money for ex-service personnel. 100 special edition Jungle and Desert camouflage style NeoCapes were created by Thesis as part of a fundraising idea for Armour to Barber.

Each sale of a Camouflage Neocape generated a £10.00 donation to the charity. The collaboration raised more than £1,000. Matt Woods, Sales and Marketing Lead for NeoCape: “We are very proud to collaborate with Armour to Barber and support this worthy cause. After the success of this initiative we are planning to organise similar events in the future to help raise funds for this amazing organisation.” At the recent Barber Connect exhibition, Armour to Barber were keen to display the fundraising idea, by displaying the NeoCape on their stands proudly. Matt Woods adds: “Armour to Barber aims to assist ex-service personnel to transition into civilian life by retraining as professional barbers. Since its inception Armour to Barber has helped many soldiers to reintegrate through a combination of training courses and work placements with professional barbers. The organisation has proved to be a lifeline to many by providing a network of practical and emotional support needed to re-train, succeed and prosper in the barbering community.” “Following on from this successful collaboration, we will look to reproduce this positive result with a different material for A2B in the coming year.” To find out more about Armour to Barber search:

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Lets take a trip through time... We go back in time through the industry to look at how well-known companies have developed their products over the years. 1940





eo Wahl created the world’s first electromagnetic hair clipper in 1919. Since then, Wahl has developed a wide range of grooming, styling and personal care products for their customers. Now celebrating an exciting 100 years of Wahl, we have decided to showcase some of their products through time. 1919 - The Electric Hair Clipper Revolution Begins - When his uncle, Dr. J. Frank Wahl, is called to service during the Mexican Revolution, Leo takes over the manufacturing business and begins experimenting on a new electric hair clipper. 1923 - 1st manufacturing plant,


Sterling, - Leo Wahl purchased 100% of the Wahl Manufacturing Company stock and renamed and incorporated the business as Wahl Clipper Corporation. 1933 – Lightweight hair dryer– Provides a lighter motor, making its assembly considerably simplified and a better, more economic dryer. 1940 - With the addition of various manufacturing technologies, including plastic injection moulding presses, the corporation grows as a vertically integrated manufacturer with almost every component produced at the Wahl plant. Product lines also grow with professional items, such as salon hair

dryers, shears and shear sharpeners. 1962 – The Royal Taper - Advanced professional clipper offers a cut “Fit for a King”. 1969 – First Rechargeable TRIMMER – Provides a rotary motor trimmer with improved design and production efficiencies supporting long term professional use. 2014 – WAHL SETS THE 5 STAR STANDARD FOR BARBERS - A specialist range of powerful, dynamic clippers and trimmers created for barbers, stylists and men’s hairdressers who demand the best. 2019 - 100 Year Clipper! HAPPY BIRTHDAY



markets worldwide and has recently celebrated the sale of one billion jars of pomade.

anufacturing, labelling, packaging and distribution were all done by hand. The first product formulated and produced was a shampoo known as the ‘Marie Antoinette Eucalyptus Egg Julep Shampoo’ and this was followed a year or two later by Morgan’s Pomade. Morgan’s have developed over time and are still creating products for barbers.

2013 Morgan’s Styling Pomade – Slick / Extra Firm Hold Morgan’s introduced a selection of waterbased styling pomades to cater for the upcoming trend for classic slick styles. The perfect product for styling a slicked back, pompadour, quiff, comb over, side part or any other retro men’s hairstyle that requires an extra strong hold with shine.

1873 Morgan’s Original Hair Darkening Pomade Established in 1873, Morgan’s Pomade is one of the oldest independent manufacturer of hair products. The Original Hair Darkening Pomade was first sold in the fashionable gentlemen’s hairdressers in London’s West End. Over the years, the popularity of Morgan’s Pomade grew Worldwide and today it is distributed to over 50 export



2014 Morgan’s Beard Oil Beards were growing in

popularity, so Morgan’s launched an exclusive beard care range. Morgan’s Beard Oil is infused with 100% natural blend of oils for a soft, smooth and well-groomed beard. The unique formulation contains essential oils of Indian Peppermint, Tea Tree and Mandarin to hydrate the skin and strengthen hair follicles, to promote a healthy beard that will grow faster, thicker and stronger.

2018 Morgan’s Volume Powder Morgan’s most innovative product instantly adds volume and texture to the hair without weighing it down. The easy to use formula thickens hair with a matt finish.



stablished more than 70 years ago with a Heritage dating back 100 years, REM has established itself as a leading supplier of equipment to the salon, beauty and spa industries. The REM team aim to develop and design stylish, unique and practical products. The products are kept stylish to complete salon and barbers design.

• The Voyager, currently the bestselling Barber chair with sprung/ webbed seating and branded with the REM logo.

• In The 1930’s/40’s the image shows a Barber chair made by such companies as Eugene a name formerly associated with REM’s 100-year Heritage. • The President chair made 12 to 15 years ago. • The Statesman is a REM Barber chair from around 20 years ago and still selling well in the budget market. • The REM Emperor made by REM with REM personalised castings available in 20 fabric finishes. A strong, robust Barber chair which has now unfortunately been copied and sold by others but is far inferior in terms of quality and styling.


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Pure minimalism This month’s Barbershop of the Month is with ‘notjust’ barbershop. Based in the very popular Manchester, owners Tom Burbidge and Nathan Haley challenge the meaning of city centre barbering.


otjust are bringing modern men’s hairdressing beyond the norm, and into the creative realm. With a minimalistic style running through their barbershop, Tom Burbidge and Nathan Haley trust each cut is as unique as the collective it is delivered by. Tom adds: “The inspiration for the shop was that of a European taste, Italian and Danish predominantly, something fresh, not a shade of Manchester. Our Art and design heritage are what informs the space, a gallery feel, a modernisation of the barbershop.” They believe each cut is an extension of the collectives’ imagination, their creative ability, and commitment to earning the title of a high-end hairdressers in Manchester’s’ Northern Quarter. Whether you’re looking for a new Manchester Barbers, or are looking to branch out for a high-end Men’s Hairdressers in the city centre, notjust offer the diversity and skill you desire. Northern Quarter was always the ideal location for the notjust studio for Tom and Nathan. From the artistic backdrop of Ancoats and the emerging start-up scene, to the ever-changing art and commissioned work across


the City Centre, notjust simply had to disrupt the Manchester barbering scene with a Northern Quarter base. Tom: “From the services we offer to the barbering workshop for hairdressers of all kinds, discover the new era of barbering with notjust. ‘notjust’ lies outside of the fine line between barbering and creative pursuits.” Being a young barbershop, opening in only 2017. The notjust team have devoted their time and energy into the making of notjust in hope to therefore, receive amazing customer feedback. Tom adds: “Our clients come to us for the refreshing context in which we cut, it’s an antiBarbershop if you like, widening the spectrum of what a ‘shop’ can be. The traditional approach one end and us the other. The principles of Barbering can be applied in a nowadays fashion, traditions must evolve and in 20 years a traditional shop may be different. Time capsuling the practice keeps it in the ‘trade’ Realm, we make art on a daily.”

With always getting compliments on their design and décor, notjust was subsequently featured in The Guardians top 10 Barbershops, so it’s clear notjust doesn’t go un-noticed. “The style of the shop is something of international inspiration, Tom and I both have an Art and style heritage, an eye for all design whether it be clothing, paintings, interior or architecture, our passion and preference spills into the space and brand. European style is injected in our minimalistic taste, tones of Italian and Danish design as a stronger note for sure. “ The barbershop is extremely unique to your standard barbers, especially with the barbershop name. Tom and Nathan decided they wanted a short name for their barbers, because, they preferred the way it looked. Also choosing a name that signified both Tom and Nathan. Tom explains:” We were adamant that we needed a 6 letter or short word, obsessive with the look of name and the aura surrounding it. ‘not-just’ refers to our personalities and attributes, we


love to make, create and are interested in everything under the umbrella of art. Nathan and I began working as barbers as we were drawn to the craft, the creativeness and the sculpture of hair, as if it were a medium not a trade.” Working together and deciding to open a business in 2017 was something that trigged their creativeness, they have many future plans to help develop their business and ensure it is always growing. Tom explains: “Our passion is creation, Forever. Hair is one application of our making, which consumes us these days as we are so driven to take things further and push message and brand into a direction that no other men’s hairdressing company has been before. Our uniqueness is what we want to show and grow. Plans to take our brand to another country are one of our aims. Bringing the design and art element into a truly flourishing state also another, cutting hair keeps us very busy.” Tom and Nathan have faced a variety

of struggles just like any start up business, however they are hoping to focus on their future and provide brilliant opportunities for the business. “It’s been a struggle in some aspects of our timeline as we were forced out of our first stop and have had to self-fund two builds in our first two years. The whole experience to date has been a mind blowing one, hardship and reward on a daily, only recently have we found ourselves being noticed, making top ten barbershops in the UK (the guardian). The people we meet, and our teaching has been extra special. Changing the course of individuals lives by showing them the trade and introducing the craft to the next generation.” The products used in the notjust barbershop need to match the elegance of the barbers and ensure

their products express a sense of style. “As Artists it’s important that we use our own concoctions to enrich our work. Notjust mediums are an array of styling products, created by us. Each of the notjust mediums create their own distinct texture and finish, our range can be applied to any canvas none gender specific, no lines drawn and will help showcase your hair.” To connect, follow notjust on instagram @notjust_


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BEARD OIL The Dandy Gent 10A Irongate House, Irongate, Derby, DE1 3FJ T: 01332 265 722 M:07976 771289 E:

BARBER & SALON FURNITURE Barber Equipment Centre / Salon Equipment Centre Leicester Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4HF T: 01455 553 558 E: info@salon W: barberequipment W: salonequipmentcentre. Concept Salon Design Unit 12 Brookfield Drive, Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AS T: 0151 523 0132 E: W: Moda Salon Interiors 1s 1st Floor 4A, Brittany Court, High Street South, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 3HR T: 0800 999 6446 W: www.modasaloninteriors. com REM UK Ltd Glenfield Mill, Glenfield Rd, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 8AW T: 01282 619977 E: Salons Direct Unit 8 Bassendale Road, Croft Business Park, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 3QL T: 0844 875 7775 E: W: Instagram: @salonsdirect


HAIR REPLACEMENT/ GROWTH Pharma Medico Ltd Un 42 Park Hall Business Unit Village, Parkhall Road, Longton, Staffs, ST3 5XA T: 01782 793050 E: hairgrowthplus@

HYGIENE P&S Products & Refreshening Ltd Unit 1, Furze Farm Estate, Manby Road, Legbourne, Louth, Lincolnshire,LN11 8HB T: 01507 328338 E: W:

Dark Stag Un Unit 11, Thesiger Close, Worthing, West Sussex, BN BN11 2RN T: +44 (0) 1903 209409 E:

ANTIQUE & ORIGINAL BARBER GEMS Barber Shop Originals Le Leicester Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4HF T: 01455 553 558 E: info@ W: barbershoporiginals. Instagram: @barbershoporiginals

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COFFEE SUPPLIES Allied Drinks Systems Ltd T: 0800 44 22 99 E: W:

EDUCATION Anglian Academy 66 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JX E: info@anglianacademy. W: www.anglianacacademy. The Barber Academy T: 0800 193 8588, E: info@thebarberacademy. Training Solutions in Hair Ltd National Training locations (England, Scotland Wales, NI and ROI) T: 0208 845 4115 E: W: Wet Shaving Academy Patrick Bryan T: 01962733040 M: 07723091845 E: Patrick@

INSURANCE Bridge Insurance Brokers Ltd Cobac House, 14-16 Charlotte Street Manchester, M1 4FL T: +44 (0) 161 234 9405 W: www.bridgeinsurance.

MALE GROOMING PRODUCTS BARBER PRO The world’s first sheet mask range developed specifically for men T: 01273 32 32 32 E: Bedfordshire Beard Co Unit 10 Flexspace, Glasgow Business Park, Springhill Pkwy, Glasgow G69 6GE T: 01462 339263 E: info@bedfordshire W: www.bedfordshire Captain Fawcett T: 01553 833001 E: W: Chief Barber Supplies Egi Eg Syahreza (+62)8788899-1417 Ja Ciragil 1 No 11 Jalan Ke Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta -12180, Indonesia Dapper Dan Ltd Un Unit 36 New Mesters, 53 Mowbray St, Sheffield, S3 8EN T: 0114 438 8026 E: W: Dear Barber 62 Rothersthorpe Crescent, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8JD T: 01604 953749 E: Haryali London Unit 8A Cromwell Centre, Roebuck Road, Hainult Business Park Essex, IG6 3UG T: 0208 500 9623 E: W:

CONNECTIONS Hommage T: +44 (0)333 011 8354 E: partnership@hommage. com W: Facebook: /HommageLuxe Instagram: @hommage_ luxe LEA PRODUCTS LASCARAY S.A. Portal de Arriaga 78 01013 Vitoria, Spain T: +34 945265077 E: W: en Lord Stanley Products 1733 Park Street, Suite 255 Naperville, IL 60563 United States T: 1 630 553 3043 E: lordstanley W: www. MENROCK T: 0845 643 2459 W:

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PROFESSIONAL BARBERSHOP SUPPLIES Barber Blades T: 0800 6440234 W: Morgan’s Pomade Company Limited Tyler Way, Swalecliffe, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2RT T: +44 (0)1227 792761 E: sales@morganspomade. W: www.morganspomade. Ps! Hair & Beauty Wholesaler Unit 2, 553 Victoria Road (side of Kwik-Fit), South Ruislip, Middlesex , HA4 0QF T: 020 8839 9666 E: W:

Scottish Fine Soaps Ltd North Main Street, Carronshore, Falkirk, FK2 8HT T: 01324 573 402 E: sales@scottishfinesoaps. com W: www.scottishfinesoaps. com

Salons Direct Unit 8 Bassendale Road, Croft Business Park, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 3QL T: 0844 875 7775 E: W: Instagram: @salonsdirect

Se Seven Potions T: 0203 6423 440 E: W: Instagram: @sevenpotions

The Bluebeards Revenge Bluebeards HQ, Unit One, Langage Business Park, Eagle Road, Plymouth, PL7 5JY T: 01752 898191 W: Urban Jack 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU T: 020 363 341 20


Viking Beard Stuff W: www.vikingbeardstuff.

Clean Cut 7 Firth Row, Bradford, BD4 6DX T: 07956 093627 E: Facebook: @ScissorNinjas

Worldpay My Business Hub T: 0808 208 5172 W: sme/face-face/my-businesshub

Raw Supremo 62 Rothersthorpe Crescent, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8JD T: 01604953749 E:

The Bearded Man Company Unit 19 Victoria Industrial Park, Victoria Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5AJ T: 01322 401583 W: www.thebearded



Mr Bear Family Distansgatan Di 2, 421 74 Göteborg, Sweden T: +46 769 30 82 66 E: W: Instagram: MrBearFamily

Squire Hair Limited T: (0044) 161 973 6165 M: (0044) 7759 794737 E: W:

Sp Spencer Scissors M: 07817 082754 M: 07834 538671 E: W: Fa Facebook: Spencerscissors Twitter: @spencerscissors Instagram: @spencerscissors


PROFESSIONAL HAIR & BEAUTY SUPPLIES Salon Connect 1 Connect Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, IG6 2AN T: 0208 418 2490 E: salon@salonconnect. Facebook: Salon Connect LTD

SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION TRAINING MR SCALP SMP Trainer & practitioner T: 07971671806 E: W:

SCISSORS Akito Scissors T: 07341470257 W: Facebook: /akito.scissors Twitter: @Akitoscissors Instagram: /akitoscissors

Newway T: 0208 690 9775 T: 0753 419 8871 E: newwaysupplies

SOFTWARE Booksy UK T: +44 1424400091 E: Booksy Ireland T: +353766801661 E: Salon iQ 19 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1EN T: 01892 280123 W:

SUNBED / TANNING EQUIPMENT Tansun Sunbeds Spectrum House, Ridgacre Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 1BW T: 0121 580 6200 E: sales@tansunsunbeds. W: www.tansunsunbeds.

TRADITIONAL BRITISH BARBERSHOP GROUP MR.Barbers 27 North Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2LD T: 01799 611 504 E: W: Social: @mrbarbers

TOWELS & ROBES Gemstar Ltd T: 01787 464058 E: W: Twitter: @GemstarLtd Facebook: @gemstarukltd

WAXING EQUIPMENT Hive of Beauty Ltd. London, NW8 6EP, UK T: +44(0) 141 814 3260 F: +44(0) 141 814 3261 E: W: Salons Direct Unit 8 Bassendale Road, Croft Business Park, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 3QL T: 0844 875 7775 E: W: Instagram: @salonsdirect




A great success… This month’s Rising Star is with Joshua Collins from The Ruthless Barbers. When did you realise you wanted to become a barber? To be honest – I didn’t know I did until I tried it! Back in 2014 I was working in a dead-end job and one day a customer asked me how my day was going. Well, I straight up told them I was having a terrible day, I hated my job and I really wanted to try something new. It just so happened that she was the owner of a barbershop and she offered to train me up and give me a job! I’ve never looked back since!

Out of all the things the job includes, what is your favourite? I had a guy come into my shop recently who hadn’t had a haircut in months. His self-esteem was at a real low. He said he usually just asks for a simple 4 back and sides, but I convinced him to just let me do my thing. I switched up his look for him, gave him some tips on how to style it and watched him walk out of my shop a new man with all the confidence in the world. Those kinds of transformations are without a doubt my favourite part of the job.

What’s the proudest moment of your career so far? In 2017, my 7-year-old stepson, Zach, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a cruel and fatal muscle-wasting disease. I felt completely lost at the time but knew I wanted to do something special for him. I decided that I would do whatever I could to get that awesome kid to Disney World and embarked on a crazy, 24-hour hair cut-a-thon. I was blown away by the response from our community and we managed to raise an incredible £10000 to send him on the trip of a lifetime! It’s not just the proudest moment of my career but the proudest moment of my life. Follow little Zach’s story here & feel free to donate to an amazing cause for


a very brave little boy: www.gofundme. com/zachsbattle-fighting-duchenne

If you were to offer anyone thinking about joining the industry, what 3 top tips would you offer? Be professional but remember to have fun. This job is about so much more than the cut, it’s the service as a whole and you’ve got to make your shop a place that people love to come to. Constantly strive to improve and don’t ever be too proud to ask another barber a question. Watch what they’re doing - is it different to what you do? Why is it different? What can you learn? Take photos of your cuts! When

people are looking for somewhere to go and get their hair cut, the first place they’ll search is online. Make sure you’re the person they come across and that they get to check out all your best work!

Do you have any plans that you can share? I’ve had a busy past few weeks highlights were cutting hair at BarberUK and Barberconnect for the first time! But now that things have calmed down, it’s time to focus all my energy on getting a new shop opened in Daventry with the Ruthless team. It’s a project that I’m massively excited to be a part of and I’ve got a real good feeling about what’s to come!

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