On Sunday, Andis Company, together with the Professional Beauty Association, sponsored the Fantastic Fades and Designs & Patterns competitions at the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event.
Fifty contestants showcased their talent, creativity and clipper-cutting techniques during the back-to-back men’s grooming events.
During the first round, professionals from around the country crafted their interpretation of a classic or unique fade on a live model in just 45 minutes using Andis tools exclusively. During the second round, contestants let loose their creativity and artistic prowess using Andis clippers and trimmers to sculpt and carve intricate patterns and designs.
Competitors were judged on their technique, originality, style, and tool usage. The top three winners from the Fantastic Fades Competition, and top three winners from the Designs & Patterns Competition, were awarded monetary prizes.
“The overwhelming success of our first men’s grooming competition at last year’s Premiere Orlando show encouraged us to expand this year’s offering and it didn’t disappoint. Our second year of men’s grooming contests at Premiere Orlando delivered non-stop action – the energy and passion of the contestants was truly inspiring,” said Karen Formico, Vice President of Marketing for Andis. “The new Designs & Patterns contest was the perfect forum for these talented artists to push the envelope and show what’s possible using clippers and trimmers.”
Fantastic Fades winner, Raymond Aldridge (from Nappy Roots Barber Shop in Riverside, CA), and Designs & Patterns winner, Gabriel Galarza (from Pro Stylez Barber Shop in Lake Worth, FL), received $400 for their finished looks. Second place finishers, Andrew Plaza (from Fade Addicts Barber Shop in West Palm Beach, FL) and Jesse Almodovar (from The Barber Lounge in Walden, NY) received $300, while Robert Smith III (from Mr. B’s Grooming Lounge in Orlando, FL) and Rufus Byrd (from Boyz 2 Men Barber Shop in Tampa, FL) received $200 for third place.