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South & City College student barber reaches the LIVE Grand Final of the Concept Hair Learner of the Year competition 2022
Photo left to right – Jay Banger, Simon Shaw (Wahl Global Artistic Director), Mark Williams

19-year-old Jay Bangor, a Level 3 Barbering student from Great Barr in Birmingham qualified with five other students from around the country to compete in the competition in Solihull on the 24th March 2022. This national competition organised by Concept Hair magazine, gives student hairdressers and barbers the chance to be recognised for their hard work, creativity and skills.

In the first round of the competition, Jay had to submit images of barbering work that he had completed already. For example, different fades and looks that are currently trending in the barbering industry.

The final required participants to work on live models and were judged by a panel of experts. Participants got just 35 minutes to work on their model in front of a live audience of around 200 people. Jay practiced his look at college on other models prior to the competition. Jay was the only competitor in his category, to not only complete a haircut, but also to work on the model’s beard.

Speaking about his experience of the competition, Jay said, “I was so excited and yet still felt confident about being in the competition. I also researched the five other competitors, so that I knew who I was up against and their strengths.

“I’d love to enter more competitions and focus on exhibition work, which is what I plan for my future in the barbering industry. I am also looking at continuing my studies after completing my Level 3, in order to be prepared business-wise to set up my own barbering salon.”

Mark Williams, Jay’s tutor added, “I have taught Jay since he started with the college studying Level 2 Barbering Technical Certificate. Initially he lacked confidence in his ability, but over time I and other tutors, instilled in him the belief in his talents. It has been a time of great pride to see this young man grow and develop his skills and passion. I can see him achieving his dreams and fulfilling his potential in the industry.”

Well done to Jay for reaching the final of a prestigious competition. We look forward to keeping up with Jay’s career progress and wish him much success in his future.