Vincent Quinn is crowned Scotland's Best Barber 2017

Vincent Quinn has been crowned Scotland's Best Barber 2017.

The Dundee barber felt “ecstatic” to be crowned as Scotland's Best Barber 2017.

Vincent Quinn, Head Barber at Hard Grind Dundee, impressed a judging panel of key industry figures with his captivating stage presence and slick styling skills during the live finals of the competition which took place at the Scottish Hair & Beauty Show in Edinburgh.

Hosted by the Great British Barbering Academy, The Bluebeards Revenge, Salon Services and Barber NV magazine, six finalists took to the stage to create a man's hairstyle to get their hands on the crown. The judges marked each cut on its difficulty, health and safety, techniques used and overall look – extra marks were also awarded for stage presence. 

When asked about the inspiration for his final cut, Vincent told the judges that his cut took inspiration from the bowl cuts and ‘Gallagher' cuts that popular rock band Oasis inspired. “I'm taking the classic bowl cut and giving it a more modern interpretation,” explained the 25-year-old while on the stage. “It's a bowl cut for the Indy kids that can be worn every day.”

The Hard Grind barber's cut was a huge hit with the judges, with The Great British Barber Academy's Head Educator Mike Taylor labelling it as “an exceptional example of the incredibly high standards of Scottish barbering.”

Vincent began his barbering journey at the age of 15, when he spent four years at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon salon in Manchester. “I've always been interested in art,” says Vincent, “but unfortunately I can't even draw a stickman! The art of cutting hair drew me into barbering and has allowed me to express my creativity by constructing shapes with hair.”

On this year's Scotland's Best Barber competition, The Great British Barbering Academy's Head Educator Mike Taylor said: “All of our finalists were incredible and they should all be very proud of their performances. Vincent's cool and collected stage presence really impressed the judges, as did his creative cut. He should be very proud to call himself Scotland's Best Barber 2017. It's certainly no mean feat, and he has done incredibly well to get to this point.”

As the winner of Scotland's Best Barber 2017, Vincent has received an impressive list of prizes that will help him to continue to practice the barbering trade, including £500 worth of hair and grooming products from The Bluebeards Revenge, a Kensington barber chair from Salon Services, a pair of Matsuzaki barbering scissors, a year's subscription to Barber NV, and a double-page spread dedicated to his win in the next edition of the trade magazine.

“I'm incredibly honoured to be named as Scotland's Best Barber 2017,” said Vincent. “I was up against some really tough competition, but I'm ecstatic that my performance was enough to impress the judges and the crowd.”

The final placing's for this year's Scotland's Best Barber final can be seen below:

1. Vincent Quinn

2. Crihan Corneliu

3. Dianne Philbin

4. Alisha Storrie & Ethan Stubbs

5. Scott Reynolds