Preston barber Joe is a cut above

Award winning barber Joe Cartmel at Carmel Barbers, Winckley Street, Preston
Award winning barber Joe Cartmel at Carmel Barbers, Winckley Street, Preston
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Preston barber Joe Cartmel has showed he is a cut above the rest with his third accolade in a year.

Joe finished second at a national Barber of the Year contest in London over the weekend and he snipped his way to glory with a first place finish at the Great British Barber Bash in Liverpool last month. That came just a few months after Joe won first prize in the Creative Pompadour category of the UK Barber Battle, where he created a 1950s quiff in front of 200 people.

The talented dad, who runs Cartmel Barbers on Winckley Street, entered the competitions after winning the Bridegroom category in the 2014 National Hairdressers’ Federation competition at Blackpool.

Joe, who attended Corpus Christi Catholic High School before training at Preston’s College, said: “It is awesome, I did not expect it, it is a dream come true.

“The UK Barber Battle was a national competition, where as the National Hairdressers’ Federation competition in Blackpool, was a regional competition.

“Although I was over the moon with my victory at Blackpool, the victory at the UK Barber Battle is bigger.”

The 32-year-old stylist, who has been at the barber’s shop for 12 years, says he has a real desire to keep on winning, with 2016 hoping to be another year to remember.

He added his dream would be to be a member of a British team at the world championships, if one is ever set up again. He would also like to set up a hair academy and one day be a judge at competitions.