American Crew, the global leader in men’s grooming, just announced Adam Mir (United Kingdom) as the Global Winner of the 2016-2017 All-Star Challenge, the annual international competition to recognize the best men’s hair stylists in the world!
The American Crew All-Star Challenge is widely considered one of the top men’s grooming competitions in the world. The challenge focuses on the art of men’s grooming – creativity, technique and one’s interpretation of masculinity in the modern world.
Thousands of stylists from all over the world entered the competition, with the following country finalists chosen to represent on the global stage tonight in Brussels (Belgium): Ben Kane (Australia), Christophe De Gauquier (Belgium), Hassan Nasser (Canada), Alexandre Monteil (France), Sabine Pösl (Germany), Ciarán O’Sullivan (Ireland), Domenico Dimola (Italy), Perla Monjaras (Mexico), Jorgen Bech (Norway), Stefano Gallitelli (Paraguay), Evgenia Brand (Russia), Roberto Dallo (Spain), Meli Selmani (Switzerland), Adam Mir (UK) & Jorge Buccio (USA).
The global judging panel for the competition was: Sandra Nygaard, Fashion and Grooming Director, Men’s Health; Sergi Bancells, General Manager USA, Spain and Latin America, ESTETICA MAGAZINE; Sandra Perovic, 2015-2016 All-Star Challenge Global Champion; Theri DeJoode, Global Technical Director, American Crew & Director + Co-owner, Groom for Men; and Paul Wilson, Global Artistic Director, American Crew & Co-owner and Creative Director, Art + Science Salon.
Meet Adam Mir!
Describe your professional career path:
“When I was 15 years old I started cutting my friends’ and family’s hair in my kitchen as a hobby. I taught myself the basic techniques of barbering and then I realized that I wanted to be a barber. I enrolled myself into Sheffield College and gained NVQ level 2 in barbering. After qualifying I worked in many barbershops, gaining experience and a variety of skills and techniques. I also owned my own business working by myself, and I soon realized I much preferred working within a team. In 2012, I started at Taylor Taylor barbers where I completed my NVQ level 3 in barbering. Since then I have done numerous American Crew training courses including Method 1, which enabled me to broaden my skills even further. I am now the training coordinator for Taylor Taylor, teaching all staff members; from beginners to advanced level training.“
What do you love most about being a stylist?
“There’s very few jobs that offer the opportunity to meet and interact with such a variety of people, from all walks of life every day. Every client that sits in my chair will ask for a different style cut, and I continuously face different challenges which keeps it enjoyable and exciting. I love that barbering is also a skill that you can take anywhere you go.“
How has the American Crew brand influenced the way you view men’s grooming?
“Before I was introduced to the American Crew brand my barbering was very limited. American Crew has improved my level of skill tremendously, making me think more about shape and movement throughout the hair and how the hair can be influenced through different cutting techniques.”
What does the American Crew All-Star Challenge mean to you?
“It’s a chance for barbers to showcase their talent and receive recognition for their hard work. I’ve been in the industry for a while, so to be given the chance to represent the UK and show off my work is a brilliant opportunity and honor. American Crew All-Star Challenge is a prestigious worldwide event, it’s amazing to be a part of it!“
Tell us in a #hashtag how you felt when you learned you won.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to pursue a career as a stylist?
“You have to love what you do! It’s not an easy industry to get into, especially as a junior, but in the end it’ll be worth it!“