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Queer Eye TV Personality and Hairstylist, Jonathan Van Ness, Launches Own Haircare Line

The JVN haircare line is a collaboration between Amyris and Jonathan Van Ness: hairstylist, Emmy-nominated TV personality, New York Times best-selling author and podcaster. Jonathan Van Ness introduced JVN as a haircare line that see all beauty, serves all beauty, and honors the uniqueness in each person.

Before becoming a TV personality, author and podcaster, Jonathan worked as a professional hairstylist between Los Angeles and New York. His role on the hit TV show, Queer Eye, is to help both men and women build hair and skincare routines, and feel empowered by their grooming routines, to feel their most confident self.

The tagline for the JVN is “Come as you are.” Jonathan Van Ness said: “JVN allows everyone that uses it to find their best hair self, feel beautiful, and show the world that they can look better than ever while being confident in their choice to bring clean beauty to their hair.”  With this sentiment in mind, the JVN line is both gender and texture inclusive.

The JVN line also prides itself on having the most innovative and up-to-date ingredients, prioritizing the performance of its products. They have also made efforts to make the line as sustainable as possible, saying@ “We stand as allies with other mission-driven organizations, and find unexpected ways to take care of our community and the planet. JVN products are packaged in infinitely recyclable materials like aluminum and glass.”

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Connecticut Barber Expo X This Weekend (August 14-16, 2021)

The Connecticut Barber Expo X and associated events will take place August 14 – 16th, 2021, and be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Finally, after several reschedulings due to the Covid19 Pandemic, the tenth anniversary of CT Barber EXPO, organised by legendary Jay Majors, has finally arrived. As the official media partner, we at BarberEVO can’t wait to see what this weekend has in store.

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, the Expo will start off with the 2nd Annual International Barber Grammys / Pre-Party from 8:30 PM to 2 AM. This will take place in the Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, CT. This is a dress to impress, black tie affair.

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Educational Seminars will take place from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. The Educational Seminars will be presented by some of the industry’s most respected educators. The Barber Battle and Expo will occur from 2 PM to 9:00 PM.

On Monday, August 16, 2021, the Educational Seminars will take place from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. The Barber Battle and Expo will occur from 2 PM to 7:30 PM.

Sharpen your skillset, and rub arms with some of the biggest barbers, stylists and educators in the industry, such as @ivanzoot, @vicblends, @andyauthentic, @kduncangrooming, @andyfademaster, @lici_ladybarber, @be.lechendary, @v.hugostyles, @micdamiano, @diego_djdgaf, @barber.josh.o.p, @bossiocuts, @iamtyrikjackson, @thebizlawyer, @rumbarber and @cutthroat.mike… Just to name a few!

Plus, visit BarberEVO at booth 407!

For additional information, please visit

The 2021 BarbersRide Journey Begins!

The BarbersRide barbers started the first leg of their journey yesterday, Sunday the 8th of August, taking on the longest section of the journey, from Liverpool to Glasgow. The forty-odd riders gathered on the 7th of August from all across the UK, in aim to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation, and to ride their motorbikes across the north of England and into Scotland, stopping at reputable barbershops along the way.

Having gathered at Cut Throat Pete’s Barbershop in Liverpool on Saturday, the barbers’ first full day of riding was nothing short of eventful. True to the Scottish reputation, the riders experienced nearly every variation of weather; including thunder, lightning, and torrential downpour.

Luckily, the night’s event was hosted at the lovely and atmospheric House Martin Barbershop in the City Center of Glasgow. Owner Stephen Martin was there to give all the riders a warm Glaswegian welcome, with high-quality whisky to warm up with! The night continued at the bar next door, the Howlin’ Wolf, where the riders exchanged stories and prepared for their next day’s journey to Fort William.

After their stop at Fort Williams Stag&Buck barbershop, the riders will continue on to Dundee, stopping at Hard Grind Barbershop. Wednesday, the barbers will visit Ultimate Grooming in Yarm, then finish their journey together at Lords’ Barbering in Leeds on Thursday.

BarberEVO was able to catch up with the barbers during their stop in Glasgow and hear a bit about their involvement and love for BarbersRide. One said: “To take on this ride, you have to be a little crazy, love bikes, and love being a barber. That’s what makes it so fun, and the long, wet days like today, worth it!”

Stephen, owner of House Martin said: “It feels great to be able to get involved in the fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation, and host members of the barbering community in the shop again. It has been a long time since we have been able to get together and hold an event like this, and it was an honour to be able to represent Glasgow in the BarbersRide event!”

We wish the riders the best of luck for the remainder of their journey, and applaud their efforts and bravery for weathering the storm to raise money for a worthy cause like the Make a Wish Foundation!

To learn more, or to donate to the cause, click here

Disruptour features top educators, hands-on instruction and a newfound energy

If you missed Wahl Professional’s first leg of the Disruptour, you’re in luck. The nationwide educational experience is back at it this month with three more stops, beginning in Chicago. Attendees will learn two trendy haircuts, social media best practices, photography tips and the latest product information from the nation’s top educators.

Last year’s ‘tour went on an unexpected hiatus due to the pandemic. But the desire to serve communities with an education-first mindset about how to best use tools behind the chair only grew stronger during the break.

“We sat and thought about how we wanted to relaunch in 2021. We wanted to see how we could reach people in a different way,” said Lisa Finucane(@lisafin1), Wahl Pro US Director of Education. “People were looking for a connection, not just to a brand, but to each other.”

To that end, the 2021 Disruptour is demystifying clipper cutting education by breaking down the barrier between the company and communities with a shared experience.


This year’s setup is different, but excitingly so. Every educator is assigned a table with at most five attendees, allowing everyone to feel a stronger, more intimate connection to the material being presented. And while the core group travels to every stop, each experience promises to be different.

“There are new people that join at each location, so you won’t get the same experience twice if you decide to go to multiple shows,” says Finucane.

For example, attendees will be able to earn Continuing Education credits in Chicago, purchase products in Atlanta, and party with a year-end celebration in Miami.

Attendees will feel at ease no matter which city they travel to. “This is one of the least intimidating experiences anyone will get. You’ll learn something no matter your skill level,” says Finucane.


The Disruptour has been to Austin, Boston and Nashville already, with noticeable progress at every stop.

“(Austin) was a little scary since we were still in the midst of Covid, but once we got there, everyone felt a sense of relief and a lot of healing came from this show,” says Finucane. “The team really started to gel in Boston and everything came together in Nashville. Communities were coming back into the light again after a dark time.”


Plans are already being made for an evolved 2022 Disruptour.

In the meantime, barbers and stylists should be on the lookout for popups that include information about different tools and the 1919 haircutting system, along with a full-force, one-stop-shop for cutting, styling and finishing.


Tickets for the Disruptour are available exclusively online. VIP tickets can be purchased and come with a limited-edition Disruptour Clipper, two mannequin heads and hands-on instruction.

Mizutani International Competition

Last call for Mizutani’s World Cutting Photo Contest!

Mizutani, the scissor experts, are inviting the last entries to their incredible 100th anniversary special event, the World Cutting Photo Contest 2021.
Show your passion and creativity by entering this photo contest before entries close on July 31st, and put your creativity forward for judging by industry giants.

There are three categories: The Classic Men’s Style, with judges from across the globe deciding on the winner. Then there is the Men’s Avant-Garde Short Style category, giving a chance to showcase that innovation and style. This class is judged again by incredible barbers from both the UK, the USA and Japan. And finally, there is the Ladies’ Avant-Garde Short Style category, which will see the likes of Whitney VerMeer, Stephen Moody, Sofia Justine Pok Emu Okamoto and Jean-Baptiste Mazella selecting their chosen winner.

There is a special prize for the winners of each category including an exclusive live virtual class with Schorem/Mazella and Partners One to One Education, a Mizutani’s Cut Master Set (five scissors), a trophy and certificate, and the opportunity to appear in both Japanese and international magazines.

The final results will be announced on 10th November, 2021. Go to to enter.

BabylissPro Announce Team for CT Barber Expo!

BabylissPro have pulled together a star-studded team for this year’s Connecticut Barber Expo, some would say their biggest and best to date!

For anyone who is unfamiliar, Connecticut Barber Expo is a two-day event that brings some of the biggest names in the barbering and hairdressing industry together for trade-shows, education, hair competitions and so much more.

The event this year is held from August 14th-16th, and you can find out more about this incredible and career-changing opportunity here, and receive updates via their Instagram, @connecticutbarberexpo.

BabylissPro have curated a team so perfect for their booth, we cannot wait to share the undeniable supergroup they have formed!

We have:

  • Rob The Original – Babyliss legend (@robtheoriginal)
  • Sofie Pok – Babyliss pro and STMNT Grooming Educator (staygold31)
  • Joshua Hawkins – BabylissPro Educator (@thehawkvision_)
  • Patty Regan – NFL Barber and BarberEVO cover star (@patty_cuts)
  • Carlos Estrelaa – Babyliss Educator and NAHA Finalist (@los_cut_it)
  • Andy Mendoza – Babyliss Educator (@andyauthentic)
  • Vic Fontanez – Educator and YouTube king (@vicblends)

This year’s CT Barber Expo is going to be one for the books, make sure you don’t miss out and grab your tickets while you can – stop by the Babyliss booth and tell them we sent you too!

Let’s Ride!

Today starts our competition with our friends at BarbersRide.

In association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, BarbersRide assist in raising funds for critically-ill children to help them and their loved ones make lasting memories, along with helping the child cope with the illness.

BarbersRide gives you full access to some of the industries finest barbers with six exclusive events across the United Kingdom, before hitting the road again the very next day. All rides to date 2017-20 have attracted huge media attention, with video crews filming the entire ride for separate TV and film productions.

The list of dates and cities for 2021 are as follows:

  • 7th August: Cut Throat Pete’s Barber Store, Liverpool
  • 8th August: House Martin Barbers, Glasgow
  • 9th August: Stag&Buck, Fort William
  • 10th August: Hard Grind, Dundee
  • 11th August: Ultimate Grooming, Yarm
  • 12th August: Lords’ Barbering, Leeds

To celebrate their incredible and kind act, we have partnered with them for a very exciting give away!

Starting from today, Monday 28th of June until Friday 2nd of July, we are launching an Instagram competition. The prize package includes 2 full access BarbersRide tickets worth £360 and some very special goody bags!

For a chance to win:

  • Follow @BarbersRide on Instagram
  • Follow @BarberEVO on Instagram
  • Comment on either of our posts/reply to the stories why you should win and which city you would like to attend (can be done once a day)
  • Share to your story (can be done once a day)

Winner will be picked midnight on the 2nd of July 2021 (GMT), so good luck!

The 2022 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Entry Phase Opens TODAY June 14th, Including Barbering Category

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), the largest and most inclusive national trade organization representing manufacturers, distributors, salon and spa business owners, and licensed beauty professionals, is excited to provide two important reminders regarding NAHA. As the top hair and makeup competition in North America, NAHA is the premiere platform for beauty professionals to push the boundaries and bring their artistic visions to life.

The first is to announce the call for entries for NAHA 2022 opens June 14th. The second is to provide details regarding the live awards show for NAHA 2021, which will take place August 29th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale now.

Call for Entries Opens June 14th for NAHA 2022

Categories for the 33rd Annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) are as follows:





• MASTER HAIRSTYLIST OF THE YEAR (by invitation only)





BARBERING (replacing Men’s Hairstyling)





New in 2022, NAHA is replacing the Men’s Hairstyling category with Barbering. Additionally, NAHA is bringing back NAHA Remix, which allows artists to enter previously submitted collections as long as they meet certain criteria.

Entrants for all categories must be licensed cosmetologists or barbers, with the exceptions of Student Hairstylist of the Year, Makeup Artist of the Year and Inspiring Salon of the Year.

Key dates for NAHA 2022 are as follows:

Entries Open: June 14, 2021

 Entries Close: September 10, 2021

 Finalist Announcement: November 10, 2021

NAHA 2022 Award Ceremony: January 30, 2022—Long Beach, CA

For specific category rules and to enter, please visit

Tickets Now on Sale for the 2021 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)

NAHA 2021 will take place on August 29th at Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center. NAHA is the must-attend event for the who’s who of the beauty industry, where attendees experience the magic of the red carpet, mingle with the best and brightest in the business and watch artistic vision come to life.

Usually held in Long Beach in January, NAHA 2021 was pushed back to August to ensure it could remain live and in-person. “This will undoubtedly be an unprecedented event,” shares Nina Daily, PBA’s Chief Marketing Officer and incumbent Executive Director. “The level of artistry that will be on display, set against the backdrop of Las Vegas, is just what the industry has been craving.”

 NAHA 2021 will be hosted by Michael Shaun Corby and will feature a Mainstage Performance by 2020 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year Silas Tsang, an Artistic Presentation by Ulta, and many other surprises.

For pricing and information on VIP packages, as well as special offers exclusively available to Professional Beauty Association members, visit For media credentials, please contact or fill out this form.

Premiere Orlando Rescheduled to June 2021

The annual event will no longer take place this year, and instead will reconvene next year. Premier Show Group released a statement yesterday, Tuesday 8th September:

“Premiere Orlando is not just an event that happens over a handful of days, it’s a community. It is OUR beauty community. The COVID-19 outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on the beauty industry, and as a result we have come to the decision to reschedule Premiere Orlando to 2021 and take the next steps to ensure a safe and productive return to Orlando. We look forward to seeing you next year on June 5-7, 2021! Those who have purchased a show pass will be eligible for a ticket exchange or a full refund.”

Visit the event website for more details on the event, including show information and travel details.

Wahl British Barber of the Year 2020 Opens Up Entries

While this year has seen a lot of events and competitions cancelled or postponed, Wahl is keeping spirits up by going ahead with its annual British Barber of the Year competition.

Past winners include Carl Taylor of Murdock Barbers of London, Keune ambassador James Beaumont and Andrea Raymond, who now has a place on the Wahl Artistic Team.

2019 winner Carl Taylor

Wahl have said that this year they will be ‘doing things a little differently,’ with more details on this to be released in due course. In the meantime, barbers can submit their entries via and completing the entry form.

Barbers are encouraged to submit four images showcasing their best work along with a biography on themselves and their career.

Finalists will be contacted and provided with further details once entries close on 26th October 2020.

Good luck!