Mathew shows who’s boss! – The Barber Magazine


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!

The final became a battle between Rachael Flynn and Mathew Guerin.

Mathew 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 Clippers and Sensei scissors.

“I was absolutely over the moon. I had worked so hard over that last three years competing all around the country to raise my profile and show the industry what I was a capable of.  I am now doing a lot of educating work helping inspire others.”

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