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Out Now: BarberEVO North America Issue 22 – December 2021

The latest issue of BarberEVO North America is OUT NOW.

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The latest issue of BarberEVO North America is OUT NOW! This issue is headed up by the renowned Nieves Almaraz, who is front and center of this action-packed 104-page, beautifully presented issue.

Nieves charts his journey through 2021 and talks about the amazing ride the Wahl Disruptour has been as it traveled all over the country, as well as opening his own barber school in Chicago, the How to Fade Hair Barber School, this barber is committed to passing on his knowledge to the next generation of barbers and we are delighted to be able to share his story.

We also have a review of the recent Barbercon LA event. What a blast it was! The EVO team made an appearance, and we were buzzing with the energy and the joy that the event brought to so many showgoers. Read all about it on pages 36-37 of this issue.



New year, new you! Moving into 2022 and it’s time to look ahead to see what trends are coming our way. We speak to the biggest names in the industry to find out what they predict for 2022, the styles (the mullet is back, baby!), the techniques, the brands and the color services they are already working with, and how barbers are trend setters in their own right.


Speaking of trends, color is one that is quickly becoming a staple in the barbershop chair. @PapiBlendzz talks to us about his urban color work and how even before it was trending, he was all over coloring his clients with his distinctive creations. @Los Cut It also shows us his latest color work, these guys know how to rock those vidid colors, and we also have a step by step by @CJDaBarber.

Haircare / Aftercare

It’s what this business is all about, haircare. The aftercare is the expert advice that your clients expect to get from you. We speak to Gabriel Quinones, @GQfromgqcuts who works with Johnny B products. He has an incredible knowledge of the products he uses and knows exactly how to cocktail the range to suits his clients perfectly. We also speak to Boardroom Salon for Men about the advice they offer their clients on haircare and aftercare and how the male grooming side of the industry is on the up.


As always, our columnists have their fingers on the pulse of what you need to know. Tyrik Jackson is talking about the reality of being an educator and not just a demonstrator and why it matters. Also we have advice from Ivan Zoot on holiday retail and Joe Agnello walks us through how to schedule your barbershop efficiently for the holiday rush. While Whitney Ver Meer gives advice on how to work the crossover, between male and female clients and the importance of have a fully rounded skillset to be able to cut anyone who walks through your door.

We hope you enjoy this issue! You can order your print copy here

Andis® Company Releases the reSURGE™ a New Dual, Independent Gold Titanium Foil Shaver


STURTEVANT, WI (November 2021) – Andis® Company, a leading manufacturer of barbering and grooming tools, has released the reSURGE Shaver with new dual, independent gold titanium, hypoallergenic foils to combat irritation. This premium tool features an integrated long hair trimmer that reduces the amount of pre-trimming needed before shaving.With a sleek black and gold design, the innovative shaver has an easy pivot head that adjusts to hug the contours of the face, head and neck. It’s extremely powerful, high-speed motor delivers 9,900 strokes per minute to glide through wet or dry hair—eliminating the need for a straight razor.

reSURGE Shaver™

“The reSURGE Shaver lets barbers and stylists do it all,” said Angie Perino, Andis Global Education Manager. “With a state-of-the-art design, wet/dry capability, integrated long hair trimmer and hypoallergenic dual gold titanium foils, this shaver packs all the punches. We are excited to get the reSURGE Shaver in the hands of barbers and stylists everywhere to empower them to create their way.”

The reSURGE shaver is the first to feature the company’s new logo and packaging and has a premium, sealed electronic on/off switch. Lithium-ion power delivers a 60-minute run time on a single charge. The shaver’s smart LED design features a 3-bar battery status indicator with a red low-level warning. A travel lock prevents accidental battery discharge. For nearly 100 years, Andis Company has been a leader and innovator in the men’s grooming industry with its innovative technology and top-tier educational offerings. Andis offers free online educational resources at, allowing everyone from expert barbers to beginners to learn new tips and techniques behind the chair.

You can purchase the new reSURGE Shaver directly at as well as from authorized Andis dealers.

Retailers and distributors interested in carrying the reSURGE Shaver, or any other products from Andis Company, can find more information at or call 800-558-9441.

MSRP: $200.00

At Risk Cleveland Students Receive Full Scholarships Through Wahl Professional’s Innovative Fade It Forward™ Program

November 23, 2021 (Cleveland, OH) – On November 8th, eight Cleveland students received life-changing news when they were awarded full scholarships to local barber schools, thanks to Wahl Clipper Corporation’s Professional division and its innovative Fade It Forward™ program.

“It’s like my dream just came true. I was just so surprised, I almost cried,” said D’Niyae Morris, one of the Fade It Forward scholarship recipients. “It reminds you there’s still good people out here in the world.”

Students will receive mentoring from industry professionals while attending classes at The Keratin Barber College or Allstate Hairstyling and Barber College in Cleveland. The goal of the mentorships is to reinforce the hard work and dedication needed to achieve success in this competitive industry.

Garland “G Whiz” Fox was at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland to personally welcome the shocked recipients into the Wahl family. As a former homeless vet whose life was transformed by his barbering career, this ceremony was incredibly personal for him.

“I can’t think of a more deserving group,” says Fox. “Each student is a story of perseverance. They show up every day, not only for themselves but to improve the lives of their families and community.”

The recipients of the eight scholarships from the Sterling, IL-based clipper manufacturer are: Dominic DeLaRosa, KeVonte Sumlin, D’Niyae Morris, Chad Medley, Jr., (Jason) Jalen Dennis, Faith White, Brandon Thomas and Brooklyn Hatchette.

“I have no doubt these youth will make their families extremely proud,” said Lance Wahl, Global Vice President of Professional Products, Wahl Clipper Corporation. “We can’t wait to see how they progress and grow in their careers.”

This is the third city where the program has made its mark, making its debut in Chicago in 2018 and expanding to St. Louis last year. And Wahl Professional hopes to Fade It Forward to more youth in another community soon.

“Everything about this program is heartfelt. We are a family. Wahl is a family-owned company. And we are about community,” said Fox.

To get involved or learn more about the Fade It Forward program, visit

Wahl Professional Introduces New Field Sales Team

In-depth, in-person education will serve as a catalyst for client success.

November 11, 2021 (Sterling, IL) – The beauty industry sales process has changed due to e-commerce, the “Amazon effect” and fewer distributors.

Wahl Professional is making things personal again with the creation of their Field Sales Team.

“We determined the best strategy for our business was to get closer to our distribution customers and Professional Barbers & Stylists with our own Territory Managers, who are focused on our brand and developing relationships with our customers,” says Anne Marie Kollias, US Director of Sales and Marketing for Wahl Professional.

The seven Territory Managers will be led by Andrew Papoccia, a native of Sterling, Illinois, the birthplace of the Wahl Clipper Corporation. Their mission is to provide barbers, stylists, and Distribution Managers with the education they need to make informed purchasing decisions.

“Our customers are a direct extension of Wahl, and we want them to be informed accordingly,” says Papoccia. “Our Wahl sales team gives our customers direct and immediate access to help best support their needs to be successful in today’s marketplace.”

Andrew served as the National Sales Manager for Wahl Italy before accepting his new role. His in-depth knowledge of the Wahl line of products made him a natural choice. So did his understanding of what the Wahl brand stands for: Professional passion, family ties, and quality tools for exceptional looks. When building his team, he made sure this same familiarity was front and center.

“Our Territory Managers first needed to connect with the values and culture of Wahl Clipper Corp,” he says. “The team has all adopted the Wahl culture into their daily lives and carried that through to our customers.”

Educating Through Collaborating

Territory Managers meet at least monthly to discuss recent industry trends. They also talk about the types of questions prospects are asking to ensure they’re even better prepared for every client interaction.

As Thomas Crumpton, Territory Manager for the Southeastern US region states, “Proper planning prevents poor performance.”

The sales process might vary slightly based on the end consumer, such as a barber shop or distributor. But Territory Managers make it a point to discuss more than Wahl product benefits. It’s common for their agendas to include improvements available for the customer business model, such as additional resources for marketing or growing client sales.

The team is already seeing success with visits to salons, barber shops and distribution centers, despite the lingering obstacles of Covid.

“The feedback has been extremely positive,” says Kollias. “Our distributors feel better connected to our brand and the direct feedback from distributors and industry professionals allows us to better respond to their needs.”

Meet the Team

Each Territory Manager is responsible for a different region and brings relevant business-building experience.

Nathan Bittner (@nathanbittner5), started with Wahl in the manufacturing division and has a deep understanding of company culture. He covers the Upper Midwest Region:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin

George Cole managed two salons before working with household brands like L’Oreal and Proctor & Gamble. He is responsible for the Mid-Atlantic region of:

  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia

Thomas Crumpton has been selling Wahl products since 2011, when he was President of Southeast Rep Services, an organization that services beauty distributors. His Southeast territory includes:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Ron Kantor covers the Northeast. He comes from the athletic apparel industry where he led his sales team to the largest growth in a decade while managing 10 national strategic customers and more than $20 million in annual revenue. His eight states include:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Kevin Podolak is responsible for the Southwest US, including Arizona, California and New Mexico. Prior to joining Wahl, he was a Business Development Representative for the online giant Groupon.

Janise Robinson is a licensed cosmetologist, educator and school director. She is responsible for the Northwest region which covers:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Northern California
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Utah

Raul Saavedra has been in sales for more than 16 years, the last four with Wahl. He brings fresh ideas and multi-lingual fluency to the Southern region, including Mexico and South Texas. Those who are interested in getting one-on-one, personalized attention are encouraged to call 800-767-9245 to reach their regional representative. To become a distributor of Wahl Professional products, fill out this form

About Wahl Professional

Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl Clipper Corporation has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category. Today, with over 2,500 employees worldwide, Wahl is proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo J. Wahl. Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, Wahl distributes to 176 countries and has eight global manufacturing facilities as well as 25 sales offices. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of groundbreaking innovations for the present and future for the global market. Visit for more details.


Another Legendary Tool in the Making: Wahl Professional Launches the 5 Star Cordless Legend Clipper

Made for those who want to level-up their fading game.

November 16, 2021 (Sterling, IL) – Raising the bar in the ongoing cordless revolution, Wahl Professional is thrilled to announce the release of their latest tool: the 5 Star Cordless Legend.

Improving on the performance of the corded version of the industry favorite, the 5 Star Cordless Legend is the ultimate Fading Clipper. The uniquely designed blade slide coupled with a deep tooth Wedge® blade allows for a wider range in cut lengths which helps create seamless, blended fades. Crunch Blade Technology™ makes a crisp, crunch sound when cutting to help barbers and stylists know when their fade has been perfected.

Also included are eight patented premium cutting guides with metal clips to round out the enhanced cutting experience.

Interested barbers and stylists can purchase at for $149.

“We’re answering an industry need with this,” says International Wahl Educator John Carlo Ramos(@johncarlo_newyork).


Taking center stage is a special blade that gives barbers and stylists the ability to create a wider range in cut lengths, which helps create seamless blended fades.

“For me, it’s the blade slide and the upgraded metal taper lever,” says International Wahl Educator Garland “G-Whiz” Fox (@thisisgwhizwahlclippers). “This is ideal for soft-line fading and clipper-over-comb. I think cosmetologists will really enjoy using this.”

This innovation should be a go-to for hot looks from Euro cuts to modern bob-lengths and cropped styles.

The 5 Star Cordless Legend is the only clipper on the market to feature the Wedge®blade. Engineered for superior cutting and performance, its deeper, longer teeth work perfectly on thick and textured hair for smooth bulk removal.


Users will notice two more must-have features: A powerful motor and an even more powerful battery.

The 5 Star Cordless Legend won’t get bogged down in wet or dry hair. It features 100 minutes of runtime between charges and it works corded as well – plug it in and keep on cutting. A smart LED flashes when the battery is low so barbers always know its charge level.

“We knocked it out of the park with this one,” says Fox.

And true to Wahl’s commitment to quality, the Cordless Legend is built to provide years of use.

“This is a premium tool. It can last a lifetime with proper maintenance,” says Ramos.


While the 5 Star Cordless Legend can reduce the number of needed tools, it works best in tandem with a select few to elevate the end look.

“I like using this with the Detailer Li and its high-precision T-Blade. It works well for really detail-oriented designs,” says Ramos.

To round out their growing line of cordless products, Wahl also offers a Cordless Clipper Charge Stand, sold separately.

“It’s a godsend,” says Fox. “You never have to worry about how long your battery will last. Your station is cleaner. And the Cordless Legend just looks good sitting there.”

The 5 Star Cordless Legend is now available for purchase at For the latest details about its launch, follow Wahl Professional on Instagram (@wahlpro).

Professional Beauty Association Reveals 2022 North American Hairstyling Awards Barber of the Year Finalists and their Collections

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is honored to announce the 33rd annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) finalists. NAHA is the most prestigious professional beauty competition in North America and honors the salon industry’s top artists who push the boundaries of skill and artistry.

For the 2022 awards, the men’s haircutting category has changed to the Barber of the Year Award, giving more emphasis on the skillset associated with the trade of barbering.

“The 2022 North American Hairstyling Award finalists showcase excellence, creativity, and technical ability,” shares Nina Daily, PBA’s Executive Director. “Year after year, we continue to be amazed by the level of talent and elevated artistry shown by these artists.”

To win a coveted NAHA award, artists submit their collections, the Barber of the Year Category is just one out of 14 categories. Development of these collections often take months of envisioning, planning, and shooting. Collections are judged anonymously in three rounds by a panel of esteemed hairdressers, makeup artists, educators, and experts–including Serge Normant, Danilo, Sam Villa, Vernon François, Robert Ham, Antoinette Beenders, Kevin Murphy, Michael DeVellis, Kris Sorbie, Errol Douglas, Tabatha Coffey, Robert Lobetta, Tippi Shorter, and more.

The finalists for the Barber of the Year Category are:

Amanda Dassel

Ammon Carver

Kenny Duncan

Navin Ramgoolam

Tyler Kelbert

The competition culminates in an industry wide celebration of artistry at the NAHA ceremony where winners are announced on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at the Long Beach Convention Center Terrace Theater in Los Angeles County and streamed live at The 2022 NAHA ceremony kicks off with a red-carpet reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. PST, followed by the awards, featuring artistic presentations from Aveda, L’Oréal Professional Products Division USA, 2021 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year Silas Tsang, and Truss Professional, from 8:00-10:30 p.m. PST.

Tickets for the 2022 ceremony are available at, with special pricing for Professional Beauty Association members.


The latest issue of BarberEVO North America is OUT NOW! This issue is headed up Taylor Perry who is front and center of this action-packed 104-page, beautifully presented issue. 

Taylor shares his journey from working 12 hour shifts behind the chair to taking his career to a new level by introducing Scalp Micro Pigmentation to his skillset. And now that he has taken the step to educate this fantastic revenue earning skill, the sky’s the limit. 


Events are back! And we are loving the energy that has infiltrated the industry now that barbers have had some much-needed creative contact. We feature a review of the CT Barber Expo and look ahead to Fusion Beauty and Barber Expo which is coming up in October.

NAHA announced its winners and we caught up with Nieves Almaraz to talk about picking up the last men’s hairdresser award before it is renamed ‘barber of the year’ category.


Your barbershop says a lot about your brand, and your clientele will judge you on that before they walk in the door. We have a cool feature on barbershop interiors and furniture and talk to the owners of some of the hottest shops in town about their furniture and design choices. Barrelli Barbers with their masculine décor, Floyd’s 99 colorful murals and we enjoy the urban retreat that Dapr Grooming Parlour have created. 

As well as looking at some creative spaces, we talk to the experts about what to think about before you hand over any cash for a barbershop chair, and why buying the best will always be a good investment.


Where there are beards, there is revenue to be earned. Elevate your beard trims by adding exclusive element to your service. Adding moisturizers, oils, that extra neck massage give license to elevate prices and offer a more luxurious experience. The beardologist, Khristian Santana and Lex Andre of Marvelous Barber Lounge talk us through their exclusive beard and mustache techniques.

Also talking beards is Nasee Yehuda, and Elliott Chester, both talking about making best use of beard and shaving products that they believe in. 


As always, our columnists have their fingers on the pulse of what you need to know. Tyrik Jackson talks insurance, what you need to know and what you really need to make sure you are covered for. Also, we have the talented Whitney Ver Meer talk about following your own path in this industry and the pros and cons of working for someone or taking the leap and going it alone to work on commission. There’s lots of options but finding the right one for you is essential. 

We hope you enjoy this issue! You can order your print copy here 

Laila Hayani Relies On American Crew For Met Gala Grooming

Celebrity Hairstylist Laila Hayani partnered with heritage men’s grooming brand American Crew to style Kit Harington and Dan Levy for the epic Met Gala event!

“Dan’s entire look for the Met Gala is a true statement of art so he decided we needed to take his hair into a direction that complemented and solidified his look as a whole. In order to do so, we decided on a sleek and slicked-back look with an ultra-shine effect. This gave us the opportunity to try something new and to also highlight Dan’s features,” says Laila.

Laila started with clean, wet hair and applied a pea size of the Fiber Grooming Foam as a primer which also added volume. “Dan has naturally curly hair so we blew his hair out straight to achieve the slicked-back hair. This allowed us to manipulate from a straighter texture and avoids too much a of wave once combed back,” says Laila. She then applied a spritz of water to allow the hair to take to gel and to work it into the hair. The hero products for this look are Superglue and the Firm Hold Styling Cream. She mixed the two together and applied a generous amount through the hair to give it the wet look. Once shaped, Laila continued to apply a spritzing of water to continue to comb through it and manipulate the shape before setting the style. She finished by using a diffuser to apply heat and dry the look and to ensure it set into place. Lastly, she spritzed Alternator for shine and to officially set the look. 

Laila noted: “Kit’s hair look was inspired by old Hollywood: classic, polished, sleek yet effortless style, and the goal was to achieve an ultra-sophisticated look.” 

To complement his naturally wavy, shorter hair for Kit’s Met Gala look, Laila started with damp hair and applied the Fiber Grooming Foam mixed with a small amount of the Fiber Cream. She then air dried it and started to manipulate the look by finger-combing the top to create a slight wave. Once nearly dry, She finished with Medium Hold Spray and small amount of the Fiber set. This prevented a strict hold and allowed for a sustainable flexible effect.”

Products used:

Fiber Grooming Foam – Lightweight, fibrous hair foam that provides long-lasting manageable volume with medium hold and natural shine. Works well with medium to longer length hair. Link to Buy:

Fiber Cream A styling cream that combines flexibility with control gives your hair refined texture and a natural shine finish. For medium hold with natural shine. Link to Buy:

Fiber Fiber-like, resinous product helps thicken, texturize and increase fullness to hair. Provides a strong, pliable hold with a matte finish. Works well in shorter hair, 1-3 inches in length. For high hold with low shine. Link to Buy:

Medium Hold Spray Gel   Enriched with Sage, Ginseng, and Quillaja, Medium Hold Spray Gel provides a natural look and feel with medium hold. Excellent for blow-drying and hair of all lengths, this product can be used on damp or dry hair.  
Link to Buy:  

Firm Hold Styling Cream A moisturizing formula that tames hair and adds style with low shine and a flexible finish. Washes out easily without leaving residue behind. Provides pliable hold with flexible definition and low shine. 
Link to Buy:

Superglue Create styles never before possible with high hold, high shine and high definition. For extreme hold and shine.
Link to Buy:

Alternator Provides a flexible style that gives you control of your image all day. Makes re-shapeable hair styling possible with the use of your hands. Provides a natural look with medium hold and medium shine.
Link to Buy:


Last Chance to Enter for NAHA 2022- With Extended Deadline of Sept. 20th.

Worried you missed your chance to enter into the most prestigious awards event in the industry? Well, today is your lucky day, as NAHA has EXTENDED their entry period for 10 extra days, and will be accepting submissions until September 20th, 2021.

Plus, artists who don’t have time to shoot new collections, can submit previously-entered collections via the NAHA Remix category. And, of course, Editorial Stylists can enter their editorial work without shooting anything new.

What’s New in 2022:

  • Men’s Haircutting is now Barbering
  • Texture requires a minimum of three photos that incorporate Coily, Curly, Wavy, or Straight hair
  • Haircolor entries must include the formula and process 

More information about the categories can be found here.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of North America’s Hair Awards! Enter here!

PBA Announce Winners of 2021 NAHA in Las Vegas

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announced the winners of the 2021 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). The announcement took place on Sunday, August 29th at their awards ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, during Cosmoprof North America.

NAHA is known as the beauty industry’s most prestigious competition in North America – honoring the top artists and creative talents who have pushed the boundaries of skill and creativity.

NAHA celebrates the industry’s leading talent and features 15 categories of excellence across hair and makeup artistry, including the new Inspiring Salon of the Year and Educator of the Year award categories.

“This was an unprecedented year for NAHA, yet the heightened creativity and sheer artistry represented were among the most impressive in the competition’s history,” shares Nina Daily, PBA’s Executive Director. “The industry rallied to channel energy into groundbreaking innovation and camaraderie, and we couldn’t be prouder of the winners, finalists and everyone who put so much passion and energy into making tonight such a success.”

NAHA 2021 was hosted by A-list celebrity stylist and Living Proof Global Creative Director Michael Shaun Corby and featured artistic presentations by Silas Tsang and the Ulta Beauty Pro Team. The event was live-streamed and available on-demand for those who were not able to attend in person.

2021 NAHA Awards Winners:

• Men’s Hairstylist of the Year- Nieves Almaraz

• Avant Garde- Sharie Valcin

• Editorial Stylist of the Year- Danielle Keasling

• Educator of the Year- Sam Villa

• Haircolor- Suzanne Sturm

• Haircutting- Stephen Moody

• Hairstylist of the Year- Silas Tsang

• Inspiring Salon of the Year- Square Colour Salon + Spa

• Makeup Artist of the Year- Nohemi Capetillo

• Master Hairstylist of the Year- Ruth Roche

• #NAHAMoment- Lauren Moser

• Student Hairstylist of the Year- Alisha Kemp

• Styling and Finishing- Nick Stenson

• Team of the Year- Julie Vriesinga

• Texture- Ammon Carver

To watch the awards ceremony on demand, including interviews from the red carpet, please visit