A Peaky Blinders-style haircut and style has helped Bradford College barbering student Adam Moscicki reach the national finals of a hairdressing and barbering competition.
Adam came first in the Level 2 Barbering section of the North West heat of the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year.
He will now compete with other talented hairdressing and barbering students from all over the country in the finals at the L’Oreal Academy in London on 26 March 2020.
Adam, who combines his studies with working at his salon, the Sovereign Hair Studio in Bradford, said: “At first I was nervous, then I was totally excited!”
Having moved to Bradford from Bielsko-Biała, Poland, the 32-year-old had always had an artistic talent and had done some paintings for friends’ walls. He said: “I had never seen myself as a barber or hairdresser.”
Adam started working at a hair studio in Bradford with a friend, for whom he had created some artwork for his wall. His friend began to train Adam in the skill and he decided to become a fully qualified barber.
He said: “I like working with people, and you always get to meet somebody different and they tell you something new all the time. You could say a barber knows everything about the town, and everybody knows the barber!”
Adam began studying his Level 2 Barbering qualification at Bradford College in September 2019.
He told his tutor, Bradford College Hair and Barbering Trainer/Assessor and Lecturer Rachel Simpson, that he wanted to begin entering competitions. Among the events for which Adam was put forward was the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year, which is open to full-time students like Adam as well as apprentices.
For the competition, which took place at Hugh Baird College in Liverpool, he was asked to prepare a style based on the hit TV programme Peaky Blinders, which is set in Birmingham in 1919. Rachel said: “He had to cut at least two centimetres from the whole head. The hair had to be cut from wet, blow dried and styled on the competition floor.
“When I told Adam what he had to do, he didn’t have a clue what Peaky Blinders was. He watched a lot of episodes of the programme and he’s educated now!”
The chosen model was Oscar Wilkinson, a Bradford College business student who brought along his own suit, complete with waistcoat, especially for the occasion. Shortly before the competition, he had been chosen by Rachel especially for the task. Rachel said: “It was important to get the model with the right sort of style and look for the haircut. Adam cut off so much hair and gave him a total restyle.
“In 45 minutes Adam had to cut, blow dry and style it as well.”
It was a stressful time as, in the first five minutes, Adam cut his finger, which, he said, “made me more stressed.” However, he went on to successfully complete his tasks.
Also taking part in the regional heat was Level 3 Hairdressing student Megan Sutcliffe, who competed in the Colouring and Hair Up categories. She said: “I had never competed before so I was a bit apprehensive and didn’t have much time to prepare. It was exciting! We had two separate models for this contest. In the Hair Up category, we had half an hour to create a ‘prom’ hair style.
“It was surprisingly a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. The judges came up to me and said they were really impressed with my work.”
When Adam was told he had won at the end of the day, he said; “It was a great feeling.”
“Barbering and male grooming is very big now. At gents’ barbers, they look after you. Some places have pool tables and a bar. I’m now hoping to complete this course and move on to my Level 3 qualification.
“Rachel is such a good person, she makes me enjoy this course. The atmosphere is good here at the college.”
Bradford College began offering barbering courses in September and are offering free gents’ haircuts from Level 2 Barbering students, on Tuesday evenings at 5pm and Thursdays at 10am and 11am. Anyone interested can call the Hair and Beauty reception on 01274 088547 to arrange an appointment.
You can find out more about Bradford College’s hairdressing and barbering courses on its website.