Two of the most eagerly anticipated barbering competitions of the year reached a sensational conclusion at Salon International in October, as some of the industry’s greatest talents competed for HJ’s Barber and Afro Barber of the Year.

Barbers at the top of their game performed with the added expectations of industry icons such as Andis European, lead educator Baldy, Andis educator, Leah Hayden Cassidy, Andis Global, education manager Jessica Zeinstra, barbering legend, Tom Chapman, and HJ Men editor, Charlotte Grant-West, scrutinizing each finalist’s work.

With both competitions proudly sponsored by Andis, judges deliberated before Leah Hayden Cassidy took to the stage to announce Emmett Williams as HJ Afro Barber of the Year and Harry Rushton as Barber of the Year.

Andis education manager, Jessica Zeinstra said: “As always, the standard in this competition is exceptionally high and the margin between winners and the finalists is so narrow.

“As a manufacturer of world-class tools, we look for precision cutting, clean lines, and perfection in the final cut.

“Emmett and Harry are exceptional talents and deserving winners of these highly reputable awards, and as a proud sponsor, we’re delighted to offer our congratulations.”

Andis senior manager of corporate communications, Bruce Bock added: “As a professional brand we are committed to raising professional standards in the global industry.

“These competitions are synonymous with Andis’ values of excellence, education, and continual improvement, so we’re delighted to be associated with HJ, HJ Men and both competitions.”