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Winnipeg plays host to edgy competition

By Shayna Wiwierski

Photos by Dereck Smith

Let’s get ready to… barber?

Winnipeg hosted the city’s first-ever Golden Glove Barber Battle on June 22, 2014.  Featuring a class with master barber Errol Palmer, all the way from Jackson, Mississippi, he taught a look and learn workshop at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona from 1-3 p.m. 

The main event was the show and afterparty, which was held at Opera Nightclub that night.   Featuring three competitions: freestyle design, freshest fade, and cut and colour, eager hairstylists and barbers touched down on the event to compete and support local talent.

Images BBThe event came from the rise of popularity of barbering and the fact that there is nothing like this offered in the city.

“I go away to Atlanta for the hair shows and I’ve seen a giant barber battle, and I know they have small ones all over in the U.S.,” says Tyna Morfoot, organizer and hairstylist at Aura St. Vital. “I met Errol Palmer and said ‘you should come to Canada as we don’t have anything like this in Winnipeg, where I’m from.’  We became friends and talked about it and he helped me organize the event.”

The event was so successful that Morfoot is already talking about next year’s battle.  She said that the support she saw was overwhelming and made her feel good about the city.

“People put Winnipeg down, they say ‘oh, I’m just from Winnipeg’, but no you can be great at doing something and be from Winnipeg.  You don’t have to be from Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver, that’s why I wanted to do it here.  There’s lots of talent in our city and no one really showcases it.  We don’t often get hair shows anymore and there aren’t many barbering classes, so it’s good for the industry to learn and get excited about it.”

Congrats to the winners!
Cut and colour – Daniel Valencia from Hair FX
Freshest Fade – Casey Simbulan from Angelina’s Hair Salon
Freestyle Design – Andrew Van from Prep Salon on Corydon