Scotland's Best Barber 2019

The Hunt For Scotland’s Best Barber Is On!

Are you a passionate, skilful barber that’s clever with the clippers and handy with a pair of scissors? Then it’s time to put your skills on show as you battle to be crowned Scotland’s Best Barber!

Styling Products UK has joined forces with the Great British Barbering Academy and Andis in a bid to track down Scotland’s king or queen of cuts.

How To...

Those wishing to take part have until March 31st 2019 to get their entries in. All entrants must be practising their trade in Scotland and are required to submit three examples of their best work for consideration. Be sure to select images that best show off your strengths as a barber; whether that is perfectly executed classic cuts, modern adaptations, or truly out-of-this-world styles.

All entrants will be whittled down to a final shortlist by judges. The shortlisted barbers will then compete in the live final at Scottish Barber, where our knowledgeable judges will crown the most exciting and promising barber as our winner.

The Scottish Barber show will be held at the SEC, Glasgow on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th April, alongside Scottish Hair & Beauty.

The event promises to showcase the rising standards of barbering and men’s hairdressing across the country, with razor-sharp skills and results that truly speak for themselves.

The first stage

This competition is open to anyone who is a recognised barber or hairdresser - not a student.

The first stage of Scotland’s Best Barber 2019 will open on 01/03/2019. Barbers are invited to submit their entry online by clicking here.

You will need to attach three different examples of your best work. The deadline for entries is 31/03/2019. There are three sections to be judged; Classic Barbering, Styling and Barbering Trends.

Barber clipping customer's hair in a salon
Close up of Barber cutting hair

The Rules

Photograph Rules

The photographs must comply with the terms of entry, which are:

1. Images must be taken and presented in a professional manner.
2. Images entered by email must be good quality images in JPG format – good quality mobile phone photos will be allowed. Each image that you submit will need to be less than 1mb in size.
3. All photos must be saved as your full name.

The Judging

A team of judges from SPUK, Andis and The Great British Barbering Academy will shortlist six entries for the finals at The Scottish Barber Show.

The six highest scoring barbers from the judge’s vote will then be invited to compete in the national final at the Scottish Barber show on 29/04/2019 at the SEC, Glasgow.

Each finalist will have 90 minutes on the main Great British Barbering Academy stage to perform different haircuts, giving the barber the chance to showcase all of their skills.

They will need to bring along one models for the day. The barber will be able to use their own equipment on the day. More information and logistics will be made available to finalists nearer the time.

Judging Criteria

On the day, our expert judges will be scoring each barber on the following criteria:

Difficulty (max of 15 points).
Techniques Used (max of 15 points).
Health and Safety (max of 15 points).
Stage Presence (max of 15 points).
Overall look (max of 40 points).

A maximum of 100 points can be awarded from each judge, giving each barber a total score out of 500.

Winners and Prizes


The six finalists will each receive a prize bundle including; Artero Professional Scissors, Jim Williams Miso Thirio Oil, a copy of Mike Taylor’s educational book, an Andis Supra Li 5 and an SPUK voucher.

Overall Winner

The overall winner will be crowned Scotland’s Best Barber for 2019 – a coveted title which they can use in their own PR and Marketing – and receive:

- Press Coverage from SPUK, GBBA and ANDIS.

- The opportunity to perform on the Great British Barbering Academy’s stage at Scottish Barber show on 29/04/2019 at the SEC, Glasgow.

- An SPUK prize bundle including: Artero engraved professional scissors, Jim Williams Miso Thirio Oil, Mike Taylor’s Educational book, an Andis Supra Li 5 and a SPUK voucher.

Scottish Barber prizes

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