A CITY barber has proved he is a cut above the rest after scooping a top prize in a national competition.
Joe Cartmel, who owns the Men’s Room on Winckley Street, won the bridegroom category in the National Hairdressers’ Federation competition in Blackpool.
And the talented Preston dad said the award was a “dream come true”.
Joe, 31, said: “You get told a style and with your knowledge you’ve got to create the style to the best you think.
“I didn’t think I would win – it was a dream come true.
“I was star struck I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t expect it at all.”
Joe, along with his colleagues Harry Hickson and Josh Thurston, who came second and fourth, entered the category to style a groom for his wedding day.
He said they now planned to enter other competitions around the country.
Joe, who lives in the city centre, said: “I’ve been barbering for 15 years.
“Barbering has only recently been recognised as its own industry – it is quite often mixed up among hairdressing but it is totally separate from hairdressing, it is a totally different ball game.
“It’s the difference between a man and a woman – the masculine lines and shapes don’t reflect in ladies’ hairdressing.”
Joe attended Corpus Cristi Catholic High School, before training at Preston’s College.
He said: “Now I own the Men’s Room and I took over about three years ago. I’ve got another salon called Cartmel Barbers on Meadow Street.”
Joe said he was “delighted” to win the competition, which was held this weekend at the Winter Gardens.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it, all my hard work and effort has been paid off. I love it – it’s my hobby as well as a job.
“I’m a traditional barber.
“I like old school techniques and putting my own modern twist on it.”
Joe was awarded a trophy and a certificate, as well as £100 as his prize.