Barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood gets her shaving practice in on ED6 lecturer Michael Taylor

College barbering lecturer makes regional final of Britain's Best Shave competition

Fri, 2002-07-19 01:00

Barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood gets her shaving practice in on ED6 lecturer Michael Taylor

East Durham College lecturer in the running to be named king, or should that be queen, of the wet shaves.

A barbering lecturer from Peterlee is celebrating this morning after being shortlisted in a competition to crown Britain’s best cut throat shaver.

Alison Scattergood, 40, who teaches barbering at East Durham College, beat off fierce competition and will now go head-to-head with 14 other barbers for the coveted North East Best Wet Shaving Barber regional title.

If Alison wins the North East regional heat she will then go on to the national final and compete against seven other wet shaving experts in a special “speed shaving” tournament inside a boxing ring at Barber Connect 2014 at the prestigious Celtic Manor Hotel in Wales.

The North East regional final will take place in Manchester at Pro Hair in March 2014, where Alison will be judged on a number of criteria such as preparation, razor technique, after shave routine, health and safety and overall efficiency.

The competition, dubbed ‘Britain’s Best Shave’, is being organised by premium male grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge and the British Barbers’ Association.

Mike Taylor, director at the British Barbers’ Association, said: “The competition promises to be not only a celebration of the most creative and innovative of British wet shave barbering, but also a showcase of the growing global reach and talent of the UK cut-throat shaving industry.”

Alison said she was delighted to have made the regional shortlist and was hopeful of progressing to the national final.

She explained: “I started as a hairdresser but then wanted to train as a barber. I love barbering and this is now my main area of work. I have trained many barbers throughout my career, from having my own salon to now teaching and co-ordinating all barbering qualifications at East Durham College.

“The College is one of the only ones in the North East that actually delivers Level 3 barbering which includes wet shaving. This is one of the elements of barbering that I love most. I have entered my students into many national competitions in the past and they have always achieved amazing results. So now it’s my chance to compete against the very best barbers in the UK and see if I can come out on top.”

The winner of the competition will land the coveted title of Britain’s Best Shaver, plus win £3k worth of Bluebeards Revenge shaving products and star in a shaving commercial for the leading male grooming brand.

Wet shaving is currently enjoying a remarkable renaissance, with the figures showing the number of barbers performing traditional cut-throat shaves in Britain has jumped by 50% in the past 12 months.