The last of the preliminary Bigen barber competitions was held in Detroit on Sunday, May 19, at the historic Atheneum Suite Hotel and Conference Center. As the popular competition grows, barbers are coming from across the country to participate.

In a ballroom filled to capacity with awed onlookers, contestants displayed their tonsorial skills and precise cutting techniques in artistic fashion. Each barber’s skills generated a buzz throughout the room, as they proudly created exclusive haircuts for their models.

Ten barbers will be selected from each participating city on the tour to compete for a chance to become a regional winner. Each regional winner and their model will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta, for the final hair battle showdown. The overall first place winner will receive $5,000 cash and prizes.

The event provided a brief glimpse into the pride and high regard that these men and women have regarding their profession. They don’t just cut hair, they create hair masterpieces. –al weems

The Detroit Bigen barber competition winners are:

First place: Eric Cheek, Charlotte, N.C.

Second place: Devon Conosenti, Indianapolis

Third place: Mike Sales, Huntsville, Ala.

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