BarberCraft Returns in May!

The sharpest and most exciting event of the year for barbers and would-be barbers is returning to Auckland in May 2017, hot on the heels of its successful debut appearance in May this year. The event will take place over Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 May 2016 at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront.

BarberCraft is a fun and dynamic celebration of all things barbering, with demonstrations, exhibitions, a great range of products, and the highlight - the fiercely fought "Battle of the Barbers”.

The "Battle of the Barbers” is an incredibly exciting event to watch, with barbers from around the country battling it out to win coveted awards in shaves, beards, pattern cuts and more. The "Battles” are super-hyped and competition is intense. The skill is outstanding and the passion and vibrancy surrounding them is impressive.

Last year, the categories filled quickly, with entries from Invercargill to north of Auckland, and this year, capacity is being increased to enable even more participants. It is an event for the barbering and grooming sector as well as the wider public, and those who might be inspired to give barbering a go.

Julian Maloney, board member of the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation anticipates another very successful BarberCraft event.

‘There has been quite a phenomenal shift in the barbering world in recent years, and internationally, expos and shows celebrating barbering are huge,’ says Julian. "Battle of the Barber” competitions are high energy and competition intense overseas. They are exciting to see and barbers in New Zealand have leapt at the opportunity to participate.

‘BarberCraft is going to open the door on a whole new world for a lot of people,’ Julian says. ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to promote the new world of the barbershop, not just within the barbering profession, but to men and women considering becoming barbers, as well as all the potential clients and those who have an eye out for the latest in men’s haircutting, trimming and shaving trends.

‘It is for everyone. From the fashion-conscious metro man to the hard-core heartland man. It’ll be fun and inspiring! It’ll be great to show people the experience at the barber’s shop can be fun and as big or small as you choose to make it.’