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Yasemin Hassan launches Talking Textures Exhibition

Award-winning barber, Yasemin Hassan has announced the launch of Talking Textures. A groundbreaking exhibition which set to illuminate London’s Ugly Duck Venue with its launch on April 12th, 2024. Curated by Yasemin Hassan and captured through the lens of photographer Yeliz Zaifoglu, the photo series dives deep into the intricate relationship between beauty, cultural identity, and the resilient nature of hair, especially within the Southwest Asian & North African (SWANA) communities.

Talking Textures is more than just an exhibition; it’s a movement. Spanning across a series of 26 compelling photographs, a poignant short video, and an engaging panel discussion, the project aims to celebrate, educate, and redefine the cultural significance of textured hair. This initiative seeks to bring to light the challenges, beauty rituals, and the profound connection between hair and cultural identity in SWANA regions.

Yasemin Hassan, an award-winning hairdresser, has emerged as a pivotal figure for individuals with textured hair in London, particularly within the SWANA community. Her extensive experience on high-end fashion shoots and London Fashion Week 2023, coupled with personal conversations within her community, inspired the creation of Talking Textures. Yasemin’s mission is to decolonize perceptions of hair and address the underrepresentation of SWANA identities in the hair industry.

Working closely with Dania Arafeh, founder of 3EIB – a SWANA fashion platform reclaiming the Arabic word 3Eib, meaning ‘shame’ – this project is a reaction to the underlying shame that SWANA individuals often experience from others within their own cultures, as well as what we are taught in the mainstream media about beauty.

The exhibition runs from 12th April at Ugly Duck London, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL.

For more information please visit

Wahl X Lister: Take A Load Off.

A safe space to pop your feet up, offload, and have a chat.

Lister have teamed up with parent company Wahl to create a pop-up barbershop at The Royal Highland Show to help raise awareness around mental health in agriculture.

Take a load off. A safe space to pop your feet up, offload, and have a chat. Mental health in the agricultural industry is something that doesn’t get talked about enough. With 92% of UK farmers under the age of 40 ranking their mental health as being poor, it is a hidden problem that we need to talk about.

The pop-up barbershop will be open from Friday the 23rd to Sunday the 25th near the Shearing Pavilion at The Royal Highland Show. Providing visitors with the opportunity to get a fresh hair cut by a professional barber, the campaign will be raising money for The DPJ Foundation and the RSABI, both mental health charities within the agricultural industry.

Attracting over 190,000 visitors each year, this year’s Royal Highland Show will be hosting the Shearing World Championships, seeing shearers and enthusiasts travelling from all around the world to support the competition. Creating this safe space at the event is crucial for those who may want to take a moment to relax and just chat in a safe space.

Martin Booth, Head of Sales and Commercial at Lister, said, “Partnering up with Wahl and offering a service, such as barbering, that can sometimes be difficult to arrange when travelling and working long hours is an important step in our mission to supporting mental health within agriculture. It is vital to raise awareness on this issue the industry is facing and ensure individuals who work in the rural community get access to the support and resources available.”

Lloyd Rees, shearer and Lister ambassador, said, “Many people working in farming and agriculture often feel isolated and distanced from the wider communities. This can have a big impact on their mental health, and without the proper resources and support to hand, can often spiral into something bigger”.

Kate Miles, Charity Manager of the DPJ Foundation, said, “We are really pleased and grateful that Lister have taken the lead with the Take a Load Off initiative to provide an opportunity to promote good mental health in agriculture, the power of taking time and talking. The eyes of the shearing world will be on the Golden Shears so it’s a brilliant chance to raise awareness.”

WAHL are proudly sponsoring Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE Battle of the Barbers 2023

WAHL are excited to be sponsoring the Battle of the Barbers at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE. We are passionate about providing the finest equipment for barbering, so look forward to seeing the best UK barbers battle it out on stage for the chance to be crowned the best Barber in the UK.

An untouchable lineup of skilled barbers wanting to take their careers to the next level will have the opportunity to do just that on the 29th of May 2023! Held at the biggest Afro exhibition in Europe, Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE, 10 sharp barbers will be battling their skills for the incredible prizes and prestigious ‘Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE Barber Stylist of the Year’ winning title.

The winner will receive the Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE Battle of the Barbers trophy as well as:

  • The brand-new WAHL 5 Star Gold Cordless Magic clip, Gold Cordless Detailer and Vanish Shaver worth up to £500
  • An incredible £1000 CASH prize
  • Exposure that can boost your business and profile, taking it to the next levelIt doesn’t stop at first place, those taking second, and third places will also get a trophy and bundle of premium WAHL products.We are expecting to see an electric crowd surrounding the main stage at 2pm, come and see who will be crowned 2023’s winner!

About Wahl

When Leo Wahl invented the first electric hair clipper in 1919, he didn’t just revolutionise an industry. He created one.What started as one man’s brilliant, innovative idea in America’s heartland is now the worldwide standard for barbers and hairdressers.All Wahl products are designed with professional barbers and hairdressers in mind. We aim to provide powerful and durable products that are the very best quality on the market. Our extensive portfolio of clippers, trimmers and styling products has been created to offer each professional, regardless of experience or regularity of use, products that perfectly suit their needs.

ANDIS® invites barbers to compete in the new Battle Royale competitions at Barber Connect!

Barbers set to compete for coveted titles in 3 live competitions at the UK’s premier barbering event. 

World leading manufacturer of barbering, styling and grooming tools, Andis remains at the forefront of innovation and education and is the main sponsor of Barber Connect, which takes place at the International Centre, Telford on June 11-12. This year Andis will debut Battle Royale – a new barbering competition format designed celebrate originality, technical precision and creativity.  

With three categories; ANDIS Creative Freestyle Barbering, ANDIS Fastest Fade and ANDIS Student Barbering, the competitions will bring together the most talented barbers from around the world to showcase their skills and creativity, and compete against each other to win in their chosen category.

“Ultimately, Battle Royale is an exciting and dynamic event that celebrates the artistry and skill of barbers,” says Andis International Artistic Team Lead, Kevin Luchmun. “It provides a platform for barbers to showcase their talents, connect with other professionals in the industry, and push themselves to reach new heights of creativity and excellence. We’re so excited about presenting this competition on our impressive stage at Barber Connect.”

Judged by a panel of leading industry experts, including Andis International Artistic Team Lead Kevin Luchmun, Andis UK Education Team Lead Baldy and Andis International Platform Artist Hayden Cassidy, each contestant’s work will be closely evaluated based on criteria such as technique, style, and overall presentation. 

Joined by judges Joseph Goss from Rum Barber, Andis Educator Sid Sottung and Bonds Barbershop owner and educator Mike Taylor, the winners will receive a range of prizes, including Andis tools, a cash prize and the opportunity to be featured on Andis Social Media channels. The competition is a highly respected and sought-after accolade, and winning will be considered a significant achievement in the industry. All contestants will receive and Andis tool assortment values at £500, just for competing.

Competition schedule, entry costs and prizes:

Day: Sunday 1pm-3pm

Category: ANDIS Creative Freestyle Barbering (30 mins cutting time)

Entry fee: £100

Day: Sunday 3.30pm-5pm

Category: ANDIS Fastest Fade (15 mins cutting time)

Entry fee: £100

Prizes for Creative Freestyle Barbering and Fastest Fade categories

1st Place: £500, beSPOKE Trimmer, post on Andis IG

2nd Place: Black reVITE Clipper and taper blade, plus a post on Andis Instagram

3rd Place: Grey reVITE Clipper and fade blade, plus a post on Andis Instagram

Day: Monday 10:30am-12:30pm

Category: ANDIS Student Barbering (30 mins cutting time)

Entry fee: £60

Prizes for ANDIS Student Barbering category

1st Place: £250, beSPOKE Trimmer, plus a post on Andis Instagram

2nd Place: Black reVITE Clipper and taper blade, plus a post on Andis Instagram

3rd Place: Grey reVITE Clipper and fade blade, plus a post on Andis Instagram


To enter the competition please visit 

Competitions are limited 8 competitors for each event

To keep up with Andis® Company, follow them on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

MR. Barbers Take on the 100 km Ultra Challenge

MR. Barbers are taking on a 100km (62 mile) walk within 24hrs and are hoping to raise as much as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by passionate scientists and supporters, they’re challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.

Event: Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge 2023, from 24 June 2023 to 25 June 2023

Participants include: Karl Foster, Mark Lovell, Mick Phipps, Jamie Cooper-Hawkins, Mark Price, Ellis Girling, Jacob Gallally and Callum Slater

Donations can be made directly to their fundraising page –

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer’s Research UK and
automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is
worth even more.

Thank you for your support!

Wahl Barber of the Year 2023 Applications are Open

Calling all barbers! Do you want to level up your career? It’s time to prove it as entries are now open:

The renowned Wahl British Barber of the Year competition is also coming to Barber Connect for the first time ever!

Now is your chance to celebrate your skills and show the industry how you deserve a place among the UK’s most talented barbers. This acclaimed competition gives you the chance to showcase your talents, receive recognition from industry experts, and become an ambassador for quality barbering in the UK. 

Not only will you get to lift the prestigious Wahl British Barber of the Year trophy, but you will also:

  • Be fully kitted out with a prize bundle of Wahl tools worth over £1,000
  • Get a year of free mentoring from our very own Wahl Global Artistic Director, Simon Shaw and his team.
  • Get the chance to join us on stage at shows throughout the year. 
  • Have the chance to land a lucrative spot on the Wahl Artistic Team

“Winning WAHL British Barber of the Year was the best thing to happen in my career for me personally,” says Carl Taylor, Wahl British Barber of the Year 2019. 

How To Enter 

To enter, you’ve just got to tell us why you believe you are worthy of the title Wahl British Barber of the Year. We want to hear how you plan to take the barbering world by storm, tell us about your ambitions for the future, as well as your most impressive achievements. You will need to submit up to three images showcasing your best work as a barber – make sure these are the best possible representation of your abilities. We want to be impressed!

The entry deadline is May 31st 2023, with 4 lucky finalists then battling it out in a LIVE Final on the Wahl stage at Barber Connect on Sunday 11th June 2023.

Wahl want to celebrate and recognise your hard work we see every day; one lucky person will be crowned Wahl British Barber of the Year 2023… will it be you? Enter the competition here:

Root Cause Clinical Host Very First Online Event

This week, telehealth concept, Root Cause Clinical, hosted their first ever online event – The Science of Hair Q&A for all your hair and scalp concerns.

The open Q&A allowed attendees to ask questions to Root Cause Clinical Expert Trichologist and Co-Founder, Wil Fleeson, and Advisory Board Member, Jacky Van Driel-Nguene regarding scalp concerns hair loss. Questions included the condition Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Cicatricial Alopecia and if the ingredients within many of the commonly known hair loss products and supplements, really work. As well as why Root Cause Clinical can be a beneficial tool to recommend in the salon for both the hairdresser and the client.

Jacky delved deep into the taboo subject of racial bias, discussing the importance that trichologists and hairdressers are able to treat clients equally and are knowledgeable on the different hair types (particularly in regards to curly hair from 2A to 4C). She discussed looking after these hair types and avoiding hair loss and scalp issues by using the appropriate deeply moisturising products and informing clients that should they need to, hairdressers/trichologists should advise clients to stop styling their hair in hairstyles such as braids, weaves and tight ponytails that can cause tension on the hair.

Commenting on the success of the event, Victoria Russell, Co-Founder of Root Cause Clinical said, “We had an amazing interest for our inaugural presentation for Root Cause Clinical and on joining the event, we were delighted to see a great number of attendees from hairdresser to hair loss professionals and clients from the UK and International. We received some fantastic questions and engagement throughout the event and some excellent feedback post-event from attendees who found the session insightful and who left the Zoom with invaluable knowledge from our Trichologists to take back to the salon. We can’t wait to host many more events like this in the future – stay tuned!”

Attendee of the event and Owner of SMART:EST 73, Steven Smart, said, “There is very little direct and constructive information about thinning and loss of hair within the industry generally. The experts on hand gave a great amount of detail and explanation which was a fantastic starting point on learning more about a delicate subject. This is an area of education for a vast majority of our industry, is very much needed. “

Root Cause Clinical Launch The Science of Hair Event

Root Cause Clinical, a telehealth concept to support those with hair loss and scalp conditions, are delighted to announce the launch of their online event, The Science of Hair – Q&A for all your hair and scalp concerns.

The informative and interactive session about hair loss and scalp concerns will be held by two of Root Cause Clinical’s expert qualified trichologists, Wil Fleeson and Jacky van Driel-Nguene, who have an extensive experience of working with clients who are experiencing hair loss and scalp anxieties.

The event will start with Co-Founder of Root Cause Clinical, Victoria Russell introducing Wil Fleeson, fellow Co-Founder and Trichologist, and Jacky Van Driel Nguene, Board Advisor. Victoria will ask questions and Wil and Jacky will provide the answers.  Questions will include the importance of understanding the racial bias between hair and scalp, how and when hairdressers should discuss sensitive hair loss and scalp concern issues with their clients, and how they can use tools like Root Cause Clinical to their advantage to gain loyalty and trust with their clients. This will be very interactive and two way before the session will open up with a general Q&A that will be advantageous not only for hairdressers and salon owners themselves, but also their customers.

Commenting on event, Root Cause Clinical Co-Founder and Trichologist, Wil Fleeson said, “We are thrilled to now have launched our The Science of Hair event. This will be a fantastic event for hairdressers who want to know more about approaching the hair loss and scalp concern topic with their clients and the signs to look out for when it comes to hair loss, but also for clients who are experiencing these issues and would like some advice from leading, qualified trichologists. It’s incredibly important that hairdressers and Trichologists work together when it comes to being able to provide clients with the best care possible when it comes to hair loss and scalp health anxieties and Root Cause Clinical bridges this gap.”

Date and time – Monday 6th March 2023 18.00pm – 19.30pm GMT

Location – Online

Price – £20.00

Full event information can be found at:

America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago Announces 2023 ABS Global Image Awards

The Internationally Acclaimed Industry Competition is Back! 

The world of beauty is watching! America’s Beauty Show (ABS) by Cosmetologists Chicago proudly announces the2023 ABS Global Image Awards are back. The deadline to enter has been extended to February 10, 2023. The ABS Global Image Awards celebrates the passion and artistry of professional and emerging stylists in an image and video competition that features professional and student categories. This year’s competition offers participants from across the globe the opportunity to enter their fiercest hair collections and storytelling. Entries are opening in November at

This incredible international image and now video competition fuels intense creativity and passion for hairdressers, colorists, salon teams, nail technicians, makeup artists, students and more – and it continues to grow year after year in 2023 with a dynamic presentation during America’s Beauty Show on the evening of Saturday, April 15th.  

The ABS Global Image Awards draws entries from across the globe from talented professionals, emerging stylists and cosmetology students. The winners of the world-wide industry competition will be recognized during America’s Beauty Show in a way that’s never been celebrated before in this prestigious competition.

Now is the time for pros to ignite their passion and begin their most creative preparations in order to enter the 2023 ABS Global Image Awards. There are 9 different professional categories and 2 student categories in this juried industry competition for the best-of-the-best to enter and to share their personal story. All categories are gender neutral.

The 2023 ABS Global Image Awards categories include:

  • Total Transformation
  • Collaboration (Professional and Student)
  • Full Concept 
  • Haircutting
  • Texture
  • Barbering
  • Creative Color
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Nail Design

“We expect to see tremendous artistry from our extremely talented competitors,” said Karen Gordon, Past President of Cosmetologists Chicago. 

“America’s Beauty Show offers a perfect backdrop to showcase a deeply creative competition at our world-class show. We are thrilled to shine a global spotlight on the originality and talent that resides in the professional beauty industry and for our emerging artists who are students.”

“To all salon professionals, I will say that the ABS Global Image Awards will unleash your inner creativity,” said Mio Sota, past ABS Global Image Award winner. “Don’t be afraid,” added Sota. “There is no right or wrong. Everything you try will either work out great or turn out to be an amazing learning experience!”

Chrystofer Benson, past ABS Global Image Award winner said, “The ABS Global Image Awards is a great platform where you can share your work with the world! It is a positive and encouraging competition that allows global artists to compete and share their work.” Chrystofer encourages all salon professionals to share their work with the world, and that you never know what might happen if you enter.

“Entering helps you to keep in touch with the reason you started doing hair and gets in touch with the passion you have for the hair industry.”In encouraging pros to get involved in the competition, past ABS Global Image Award winner Daniel Rubin notes, “Don’t give up until the miracle happens!”

The ABS Global Image Awards are open to all licensed salon professionals, barbers or the business equivalent where licensure is not required. In addition, there are categories where cosmetology students may compete. The entry process opens November 28, 2022 and closes February 10, 2023. ABS Global Image Awards finalists will be announced on February 24, 2023. The ABS Global Image Awards ceremony is Saturday, April 15, 2023, during America’s Beauty Show!

Complete rules and regulations can be found on  

Each professional category will offer a single winner an impressive award from America’s Beauty Show to display with pride. In addition to each category winner, one extraordinary submission will be awarded The Leo Passage Gold Trophy Award in honor of the late Pivot Point International founder, and Cosmetologists Chicago member, Leo Passage.

For more information regarding the 2023 ABS Global Image Awards, go to

Fellowship Awards 2022 are back!

The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Image Awards are back for 2022! The most anticipated awards in the hairdressing calendar sees hairdressers and barbers across the UK recognised for their innovation, inspiration and beautiful imagery.

Some of the most iconic hairdressers have won the award, including Nicky Clarke, Anthony Mascolo and Errol Douglas MBE. Now, the categories are open for entry, inviting hairdressers from across the UK – and internationally – to enter the awards with the stunning images they create. 

For 2022, images must be from 30 May 2021-30 September 2022 and rather than uploaded onto Instagram as in previous years, there is a special private entry portal. Closing date is 30 September, judging is totally anonymous, and the winner will be announced at the Fellowship Luncheon & Awards on 5 December.

Also launching for 2022 are the Art & Commerce Awards, previously known as the Business Awards, with two new categories.

Fellowship Image 

The ultimate award – an image that showcases the professionalism, passion and skills from British hairdressing. 

2021 winner – Casey Coleman, Chair Salon

Afro Image 

An image that captures all textured hair, curls and coils, taken in a professional environment.

2021 winner – Emma Simmons, Salon 54

Colour Image 

A stunning professional image puts hair colour at the heart of the image. 

2021 winner – Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young 

Men’s Image 

An outstanding image from a professional collection, or an individual shot taken in a professional environment. 

2021 winner – Charlie Cullen, Joe and Co 

Snapshot Image 

Whether it’s a client, a friend or non-professional model, this hair photo showcases your work outside of the photographic studio. 

2021 winner – Efi Davies, TONI&GUY

International Image 

If you are based outside the UK, this is the category for you! 

2021 winner – Jacky Chan, Oscar Oscar Salons

Art & Commerce Awards 

Individual Salon Award

Recognising the very best individual salons in the UK.

2021 winner – Karoliina Saunders

Salon Group Award

Open to independent salons, or those that are part of a group or a franchise with two or more salons.

2021 winner – Blushes Collective

NEW! Session Hair Stylist of the Year 

Aimed at those who work in the fashion world, from behind the scenes at fashion weeks to working won international brand campaigns and high-profile celebrity photoshoots. 

NEW! Educator of the Year

Aimed at individuals or teams providing hairdressing education, including colleges, private academies, in-salon educators and freelancers.

NEW! Hall of F.A.M.E. Award

Open to all former members of the F.A.M.E. Team, share your unique stories of success after being part of the mentoring programme 

Closing date is 30 September, visit the website for all the details