Two of the most eagerly anticipated barbering competitions of the year reached a sensational conclusion at Salon
International in October, as some of the industry’s brightest talents competed for ‘HJ Afro Barber of the Year’ and ‘HJ Barber of the Year’ titles.
In the competition zone, barbers at the top of their game performed with the added expectations of industry icons such as Andis European Lead Educator Baldy, Andis Educator Leah Hayden Cassidy, Andis Global Education Manager Jessica Zeinstra, barbering legend Tom Chapman and HJMen editor Charlotte Grant-West, scrutinising each finalists work for perfect execution of their model’s hair.
With both competitions sponsored by Andis Company, judges deliberated diligently before Leah Hayden Cassidy took to the stage to announce Emmett Williams as HJ Afro Barber of the Year and Harry Rushton as HJ Barber of the Year. Andis Education Manager Jessica Zeinstra: ‘As always, the standard in this competition is exceptionally high and the margin between finalists and the winners is so narrow. As a manufacturer of worldclass tools we look for precision cutting, clean lines and perfection in the final cut. Emmett and Harry are exceptional talents and
deserving winners and, as a proud sponsor, we’re delighted to offer our congratulations.’
Andis Senior Manager Corporate Communications Bruce Bock added: ‘As a professional brand we are committed to raising professional standards in the global industry. These competitions are synonymous with excellence, education and continual improvement – values we embrace – so we’re delighted to be associated with HJ, HJMen and both competitions.’