We are delighted to announce that one of our judges this year is 2017 Cornish Barber of the Year, Liam Hamilton!
As well as judging, Liam will also be on our barber station – so if you decide to compete at the last minute, pop over and get a quick beard tidy up from one of the best in the business.
Earlier this year, he was hand-picked by the Great British Barbering Academy to lead bespoke barber training courses across Cornwall after performing an outstanding demonstration at Barber UK. GBBA Head Educator Mike Taylor, said: “I was blown away by the skills, knowledge, and confidence that Liam displayed. He is a testament to how far barbering has come in the modern era and I am very excited to welcome him into our team.”
Having become a barber at 19, Liam went on to serve in the Coldstream Guards – an infantry unit famous for being the oldest regiment in the British Army. “While undergoing multiple tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq, I always carried my barbering tools with me,” he said. “The brilliant thing about barbering is that it’s a skill/art that will always be needed, no matter where you are on the planet.”
After 21 years of service, he returned to the barbershop to hone his skills, become fully qualified, and build a name for himself in the barbering community: “It was always my plan to carry on barbering after serving in the Guards. I think it’s because I liked the idea of being my own boss,” he said. Liam now owns two very successful barber shops in Redruth.
With his military background, he has also founded the Armour to Barber initiative, which is helping ex-service personnel to retrain as barbers. “With Armour to Barber we hope to make the transition to civilian life a little easier for ex-service men and women; these incredible people are perfect candidates and will be great assets to the industry,” he explained.
And if that’s not all impressive enough, he’s also one of the nicest people you could meet! So come along and see him at DCBMC, or if you’re in Cornwall pop down to Redruth and get yourself some top-notch beard barbering at Hamilton’s Barber Shop.