The High Plains most intense barber competition and probably easiest place to find a fresh haircut is back and bigger than before.
So much so, they had to change locations.
Dre Steele, one of the event directors says, “Last year we were at the civic center, they did great by us we just out grew them. We needed more room, so we approached the Azteca, they have plenty of room for us, as as you can see. We’re trying to expand and get bigger and bigger, because even the following years are going to get bigger.”
And just like last year there are plenty of different individual competitions for barbers to participate in.
“We got the fastest fade, best traditional, best comb over, best duplicate, and a student battle, for the students that are still in school,” says Steele.
Phil Hill, another event director says, “We got people to come from all over the country, California, Florida, New Mexico, and everywhere. We’re actually bringing people to the Panhandle, so they can see what we have to offer.”
This year’s competition featured celebrity barbers, including Darrin Lyons, the man responsible for cutting Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.’s hair.
Lyons says his aim is to now educate barbers on the business side of hair styling
“I’m trying to help bring back the basic fundamentals of barbering,” explains Lyons. “I’m Trying to bring back customer service to barbering. I’m trying to bring back a user friendly atmosphere to barbering. A lot of the barbershops now have gotten kind of crazy and way out. so, what I’m trying to do is bring that back, I’m trying to get barbers to take pride in being a barber now.”