Our Raw Talent competition is now open, and according to last year’s runner up Yasemin Hassan from Joe and Co, London, taking part was a career changer!
“I entered Raw Talent because I wanted to challenge myself, I wanted to intergrate myself into the industry and wanted to showcase a look I was really passionate about.
“I entered a soft 70s glamrock look, because it’s an era for me which I love the idea of gender fluidly and the fashion that comes with it. When you think of long layers and a fringe we automatically think of a woman’s haircut or a feminine style, whereas I wanted to show that this can equally be styled on a man and still look masculine especially as we are moving into a time where we are using gender neutral prices.
“I was so nervous on the day – it was the first big competition I had taken part in – and I wish I had let myself go a little bit as I put tones of pressure on myself. I had no idea what to expect, but everyone was so lovely and supportive and at the end of the day it’s all a learning experience and good thing to just take part in. I might to have won but to be named runner up was amazing. I had made it to the final and that was the most important thing for me. It gave me confidence to enter another competition which I won!”
Entries are now open for this year’s competition with the closing date of 10 June. Entrants must be currently undertaking a formally accredited level 2 barbering qualification, currently registered on the Hair Professional Standards (Barbering) or recently qualified within the previous 12 months.
There are three categories to choose from
Freshers – This category is for students – ideal if you’re working towards a level 2 qualification at a college or training academy
Graduate – This category is for apprentices – ideal for anyone currently on the Hair Professional Standards (Barbering) Apprenticeship
Post-Graduate – This category is for junior barbers – ideal if you’ve recently achieved a level 2 qualification in Barbering (within 12 months)
So what advice does Yasemin have those thinking about entering? “Honestly, just enter! It’s a great experience to showcase what you love most, good to network and a fun day. A lot of the guys from my salon came and my family and the amount of support you get, the vibe and the atmosphere is something I can’t put into words. It’s nerve wrecking, especially the first time you do it because of the pressure, but the feeling afterwards is way worth it!”
Check out all the rules and timings here