Announcing the Raw Talent Finalists for 2023

Raw Talent 2023

After a careful judging process, the finalists for Raw Talent 2023, in association with Mike Taylor Education, have now been selected.

For the first time, the final round of the Raw Talent Barbering competition will be held live at Salon International, across Sunday 15-Monday 16 October at ExCeL London.

Entries were split into three categories: Student, Graduate and Post Graduate. In Round One, all entrants submitted an image of their best work, and in Round 2 the judges’ picks will recreate their work live on stage. To see the finalists in action, you can book your tickets to Salon International here.

Thank you to all those who took the time to enter, and congratulations to our finalists. We can’t wait to see you at Salon International!

The finalists for 2023 are…


Adam Griffiths, Bolton College

Lee Meacock, Hairs Solo

Bear Mitchell, Barbering School of Wales

Harry Nunn, Francesco Group

Ben Pearcey, Milton Keynes College

Jai-li Rayneau, Milton Keynes College


Sam Compton, Quarter Barbers

Auburne Enkel, Mr Barbers

Jason O Connor, Jason O Connor Hair

Connor Tookey, Taylor Male Image

Alfie Thornton, Baldys Barbers

Post Graduate

Fharen Asbury, Nu Era Barbers

Ryan Benfold, Apothecary 87

Curtis Burke, Taylor Male Image

Ryan Evans, Goose The Barber

Sam Minns, Gould Barbers

Raidon Rattigan-Khan, Mancave Putney


To check out what else will be happening at Salon International, why not have a peak at the Modern Barber stage line up here?