5 December 2021

Estetica’s Exclusive Interview: Jerome Kantner, the Best Men’s Hairstylist of the Year!

The best men’s grooming expert in the world is from Germany! Jerome Kantner is the international winner of the American Crew All-Star Challenge. In the MEO Arena in Lisbon, 3500 hairdressers applauded his work.

Best of Men’s Style! Classic, precise, and edgy – the perfect men’s haircut with star quality! With his excellent skills, great technique and just the right proportions, Jerome Kantner brought his men’s look on stage and won the grand finale of the American Crew All-Star Challenge in Lisbon. For one year he will now reign as global champion as the best men’s stylist in the world!

This barber from Mainz won the challenge against 14 finalists and the 1100 stylists who participated in the competition. A brilliant victory, most of all because it was the very first time that Germany has ever participated in the American Crew All-Star Challenge. His success proves the level of class and talent that can be found in German men’s salons. “We are truly ecstatic about such international success and, naturally, that Jerome is the first German winner of the All-Star Challenge,” said Thomas Krüger, Managing Director Revlon Professional Germany. “Our hairdressers made it clear from the very beginning that their proposals embodied an extraordinary level of creativity.”

The object of the challenge was “to create a personal style”. The perfect opportunity for those who “want to do it their own way”, as Jerome Kantner puts it. The 2013 All-Star Challenge winner closely examined Jerome’s cut and styling, as he was creating it. American Crew Founder David Raccuglia then judged the look and was absolutely sold on its perfection and trendsetting quality. Here, Jerome Kantner – the “Best Men’s Stylist in the World” answers some of our questions below.

Jerome, you are now the Grand Champion of the American Crew All-Star Challenge 2014. What’s it like?
“I’m speechless. I couldn’t believe it, when I heard my name announced on stage.”

What did your look have that distinguished it from all the others?
“It’s a classic, masculine look. I drew my inspiration from classic male fashions of the 1950s and ’60s. Rockabilly is also a style that I happen to personally love.”

What was so special about this American All-Star Challenge?
“It was the very first time that Germany participated in the international All-Star Challenge. I enjoyed it because I was able to unleash my creativity, with no restrictions on my own sense of styling and cut. My last challenge was 20 years ago… It was easy to prepare: registration, one trial cut, and one final cut for the photo shoot.”

What impact does this award have?
“Winning means an important recognition of my talent and the opportunity to present my work abroad as well. Winning gives me the incentive to continue working to improve even more.”

What do you intend to do as the 2014 Grand Champion?
“With this award, I will have the opportunity to pass on my know-how to the young people who attend my courses.”

Should young people participate in competitions?
“Yes, of course!!! They are always an excellent opportunity to widen one’s horizons.”

You are the owner of Fön-ix and Barber J. salons – Why are you so interested in men’s grooming?
“As a professional barber, I prefer razor and clipper cuts. It is a traditional skill combined with a passion for classic men’s cuts. The women are served and spoilt by my colleagues.”

Are men more daring in terms of fashion?
“Men are becoming more and more courageous. At this moment, I foresee a trend of mixed classic and modern styles. The work of the classic barber is being rediscovered in fashion.”

American Crew is the world leader in men’s grooming. Why are they so successful?
“I’m convinced it’s because American Crew combines high-quality products with a sense of well-rounded male lifestyle.”

Grand Champion
Free spirit, artist, barber – he draws his inspiration from his lifestyle: Jerome Kantner has the soul of a stylist. Now 44, he studied in Mainz and has been working as a hairdresser since 1985. In 2007, he opened his salon for men and women – Fön-ix artCoiffeur. But his true love is his barbershop.

By Petra Weinzierl


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