Barbers from across New Zealand battled for top honours at HITO’s BarberCraft Men’s Grooming Expo over the weekend.
Kaisei Sarai of Auckland’s Tokoya Barber Shop took out the inaugural HITO New Zealand Barber of the Year, sponsored by Timely. Kaisei had the best combined score in the Classic, Shave and Creative battles.
In addition to the tightly fought battles, this year’s BarberCraft NZ featured demonstrations from international guest judge Julius Cvesar and New Zealand barber Matt Brown, exhibition stands from top grooming brands and professional development seminars on a range of topics.
HITO CEO Kay Nelson said the organisation had developed the event three years ago to showcase barbers’ skills and show people what an exciting career barbering can be.
“We are very excited to see how it has evolved into a celebration of all things barbering. The learning and networking that happens here is a delightful reflection of this unique community.”
Thanks to Braun and other supporters of this event.
Battle of the Barbers Results
Trainee Winner: Kajin Phillips, Jetcharm Barbershop & Gentlemens Quarters, New Plymouth
Open Winner: Luke Koia, Motown Barbers, Christchurch
Master Winner: Julian Maloney, Maloney’s Barber Shop, Auckland
Open Winner: Sonny Naea, Somehz Touch Barbers, Hastings
Master Winner: Peleti Oli, Somhz Touch Barbers, Hastings
Trainee Winner: Matthew Reeves, Cuba Barbers, Wellington
Open Winner: Sean Faramand, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland
Master Winner: Lucas Haubert, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland
Trainee Winner: Tui Moreli, Cuba Barbers, Wellington
Open Winner: Desalegn Welde-Yohanes, The Hair Club
Master Winner: Peleti Oli, Somehz Touch Barbers, Hastings
Trainee Winner: Kajin Phillips, Jetcharm Barbershop & Gentlemen’s Quarters, New Plymouth
Open Winner: Morgan Bolger, Barkers Groom Room, Auckland
Master Winner: Kaisei Sarai, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland
NZ BARBER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Kaisei Sarai, Tokoya Barber Shop, Auckland (pictured below).