As we look towards 2023 it’s important to remember everything you have achieved and there’s lots to be proud of as we look at the Modern Barber reader highlights. This year has brought some serious challenges for a lot of us from rising energy bills and skills shortages to the lingering effects of the pandemic. But despite all this there is a lot to celebrate as the barbering community was once again able to meet face to face and come back stronger than ever.
2022 was great! Proud that I became an ambassador for Ohka Sakura scissors as well as Hair in Motion Education. The main stage at the Great British Barber Bash Liverpool was the topper though! – Sam Massey
Cutting hair at Great British Barber Bash, Footlocker and becoming a UK Hair and Beauty Awards Rising Star Finalist and barber.josh.o.p finalist! – The Fadeist
Being on the main stage at Salon International with the barber.josh.o.p team – Tony Forrest
My proudest moment in 2022 had to be hosting a fundraiser for Movember where I cut hair for 24 hours straight. I organised for a national radio station to be there to broadcast the fundraiser while also having a nurse on site for health checks for anyone who felt that they wanted a check-up. All proceeds from the day went to Movember raising around €1500 just from cutting hair myself. It was an amazing day that highlighted men’s mental health along with a multitude of other things. I suffered with my own mental health myself early in the year after as I was in a car crash that put my career at a major risk. I had to get emergency plastic surgery on my hand and have it reconstructed with k-wires. From breaking three fingers in my hand and losing movement in my thumb it was a very bad experience for me. So, all in all my proudest moment of 2022 was creating the fundraiser for the people who suffered and still suffer with what I was fortunate enough to overcome – Jack Nolan
96% of our Barber students who graduated found work in the industry – Gareth Philpott
Leaving my city job after ten years to pursue a career I always wanted and do what is right for me. It’s something I always wanted to but as the years went on the more unrealistic it became financially as I had other commitments. When lockdown happened, I managed to get some money behind me to back the career change, so it wasn’t as much of a struggle, I completely quit in May this year and started at the London school of barbering. I have not looked back! I never want to be behind a desk/computer again in my life – The Must Dash Barber
Winning the Community Hero Award at the Modern Barber Awards meant the world. To even be shortlisted by yourselves was amazing! It was validation for the work I’ve been doing and really awesome to share it with the MB team and so many other awesome finalists! – Ken Hermes
Opening my barbershop and getting my apprentice trained and helping him pass his NVQ. Barbering is more than a passion to me it’s my identity. This year I want to start doing shows and events and hopefully get my name out into the world – Zeke The Barber
I have a lot of children that hate having their hair cut. I’ve had clients travel a good distance to come to me – which is amazing in itself – but when that little one finally trusts you and you can do ‘a big boy hair cut ‘ that is why I’m more than happy to cut kid’s hair when a lot of others stay away – House of Handsome, Bedford
Don’t forget to check out our Big Fat Christmas Survey to find out what everyone’s up to over the Christmas period.