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Booksy Presents – Better You, Better Business in Sheffield

Booksy presents a game changing night full of inspiration and entertainment for you and your salon, barber, or beauty business!

Meet fellow entrepreneurs from in and around Sheffield for a night of entertainment, masterclasses and advice on how to not only survive, but thrive and get to the top of your industry. The event is hosted by Booksy UK and is free to attend for Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauty, Nail & Lash businesses.

What you can expect on the night

  • A masterclass in hairdressing and barbering from Alan Beak and Pedro Plastics 
  • Tips on how to protect and grow your revenue from Alice McNails
  • Access to exclusive offers and incentives from Booksy and partners
  • Three-course meal and drinks
  • Industry networking opportunities
  • Quality entertainment

Please note this is a private event for the beauty industry for hairdressers, nail/lash salons and barbers. Dress code is smart/casual and please bring ID with you on the evening. If you’d like to bring an industry guest they will need to make sure that they register for their ticket.

Date and time

Mon, 19 September 2022

18:00 – 22:00 BST


Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield

Victoria Station Road


S4 7YE

Stylebook Directory founder announced as Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2022 finalist

The fabulous founder of Stylebook Directory, Sarah Yorke has been recognised as one of the best in the business after being named a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

Sarah is one of the shortlisted business leaders from across the nation to have been selected out of over 5,300 entrants – the most the awards has ever had. A well deserved announcement we think!

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in partnership with Starling Bank, acknowledges and champions the hard work and uplifting stories of business owners across the UK, with an emphasis on their journey and resilience over financial achievements.

Twelve awards will be given out per region for categories including Disruptor of the Year, Entrepreneur for Good Award, and the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. Notable winners from previous years include Social Chain founder Steven Bartlett, who went on to become the youngest ever investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Sarah is super ecstatic about being shortlisted for such a fantastic award and is over the moon to have been selected out of thousands of entrants! She looks forward to attending the awards in autumn to build her ever-growing network and cheer on other fellow finalists too.

This year’s awards will also feature a brand new award highlighting the organisations investing in the training and development of young people. The John Caudwell Blaze Your Own Trail Award looks to recognise outstanding examples of businesses offering apprenticeships, vocational training, and diversity and inclusion initiatives, all in the name of improving young people’s access to work.

The winners will be announced at a Grand Final, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 21st November.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The alumni has collectively generated over £30 billion in revenue and employed more than 450,000 people.

To mark the milestone year for the programme, entrants will have the chance to win over £30,000 worth of marketing support and a tree will be planted for every application submitted with the support of Ecologi.

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said the quality of this year’s entrants exemplified the strength of entrepreneurship across the UK: “The quality of applications is consistently excellent year on year, but we have been especially blown away by the innovation, drive and determination demonstrated this year. Shortlisting from so many inspiring contenders has been more challenging than ever, with many deserving cases put forward and an ever-growing business community thriving across the country.

“From the pandemic to the ongoing cost of living crisis, business owners haven’t had it easy over the past few years, but it’s a testament to the tenacity and perseverance of these entrepreneurs that they have continued on their path and refused to give in.

“This year’s finalists should be so proud of what they’ve already achieved both in business and in being shortlisted for an award – we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Finals and unveiling the winners!”

Anne Boden MBE, Founder of Starling Bank, headline partner of the Awards, said: “Congratulations to all those businesses who have made the shortlist. It’s great to see the passion, resilience and amazing ingenuity from entrepreneurs across so many categories.” For the full list of finalists, visit

Tickets on sale now for O.P Hairshow and Awards!

Following a phenomenally successful and impactful O.P Awards 2021 the team is back this year with an even bigger and better O.P Hairshow & Awards 2022. Held on Sunday 25th September in the centre of Birmingham.

“The energy you put into what you do is the energy it will be received with,” – is a quote often used by Josh and never more relevant than when planning this event.

He said: “The O.P Hairshow 2022 will be an event like no other in the UK. An event dedicated to you. Each and every one of you. No sales, no vendors, no marketing, no gimmicks. Just pure, organic energy, education, information and inspiration. The O.P Hairshow is your day. To surround yourself with like-minded, motivated individuals. To network. To learn. To leave a more confident, determined and better you.”

The O.P Hairshow will consist of a full day’s education. Fully representative of Barber.josh.o.p Education in covering every single aspect of our industry:

– Cutting demonstrations – Long, Medium & Short hair. Modern & Classic. Scissor work, Fading, Styling and Creativity.

– Cutting theory presentations – The D.F.S Formula, Line Theory and much more.

– Business seminars

– Social media growth and marketing seminars

– Photography and content creation seminars

– Mindset and motivation seminars

– Self Study seminars

– Networking

Light refreshments will be provided.

This will then be followed by the second annual O.P Awards. Josh said: “Last year was an unbelievably powerful evening where our online academy members from across the globe came together for an evening of joy, inspiration and emotion. The evening was described by many members as ‘a family reunion’. All our finalists got the opportunity to take the stage and share their story, their journey and their inspirations and in doing so each finalist lit up and inspired the entire room. This year will not be the same. No. This year will be even better!

“The O.P Hairshow & Awards 2022 will undoubtedly be the event of the year and we are delighted to say that you are invited.

“Our differences are the most beautiful thing we have in common and here at Barber.josh.o.p Education we look to ensure that no matter who you are, what ‘category’ you fit into within our industry, that you are celebrated. That you have a place to come to learn, to grow, to network, to share, to laugh and to most importantly be fulfilled. We make it our mission to help every individual find what makes them fulfilled and build a life where they can maximise their fulfillment and in doing so maximise their success.” Head to to purchase your tickets and we’ll see you there!

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.”

For more info, go to

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!