Today you’re in for a treat – we’re about to learn all about entering into the world of hair competitions and what it takes to be a winner. Joining me for this conversation is one of Ireland’s most awarded men’s hairdresser and barber, John Keegan. Today you’ll learn about the preparations and motivation John has for competition work which has seen him win over 60 industry awards (and counting).

Owner and co founder of the multi-award winning Irish barbershop brand The Academy Barber and salon brand the Academy Belle Hairdressing, John is an ace when it comes to entering hairdressing competitions. Not just an international competitor for Ireland, John’s outstanding pedigree for competition work has led him to judging for the Irish Hairdressing Federation of Ireland at the OMC Paris 2018 World Championship.

If you’re looking to, or are considering entering into competing, then John’s insane expertise, knowledge and success for hair competition work will help motivate you and your team to finding success. Theres so much takeaway points from this episode, not only in finding your way to competing in industry competitions, but also how to learn from defeat. As John says “It’s not about the win, it’s about the journey!!

I’m confident after listening in to this episode today, you’ll be wanting to come away from the comfort of standing behind your styling chair, and embark on a journey of entering into the exhilarating world of competing in hair competitions. It’s a whole load of fun! Just wait and hear!!


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Today’s Guest

Owner and co founder of the multi award winning Irish barbershop brand The academy barber and salon brand the academy belle hairdressing , combined our brands have won over 60 industry awards.

John is also the founder of his own product range Ellie Professional which is a new start up and has cake runner up in Ireland’s best young entrepreneur, his steel styling comb was the first in the range and is used by many high profile stylist across the world. It has also been accredited by Mazella and Palmer and Johnnny BaBa just to name a few.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in today’s interview

  • >> 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • >> 03 min 11 sec: Background to John and competition floor work.
  • >> 10 min 35 sec: Training people to win approach.
  • >> 15 min 40 sec: Johnny’s staggering success in hair competitions.
  • >> 17 min 30 sec: Why hair competition work is important to John.
  • >> 19 min 35 sec: It’s not about the win, it’s about the journey!
  • >> 21 min 41 sec: Is it about you or the team?
  • >> 24 min 39 sec: You are the pot of gold.
  • >> 26 min 21 sec: Accepting defeat gracefully and learn to keep going.
  • >> 32 min 54 sec: What does a win give you.
  • >> 34 min 55 sec: Why it matters to entering hair competitions
  • >> 39 min 07 sec: Advice for working on hair competitions as a solo hairdresser.
  • >> 41 min 20 sec: What hair competitions you should enter.
  • >> 45 min 55 sec: Read the competition rules.
  • >> 47 min 19 sec: The World Championship.
  • >> 50 min 29 sec: John’s proudest moment in hair competitions.
  • >> 51 min 35 sec: John’s big takeaway tip on why you need to enter hair competitions.
  • >> 52 min 20 sec: John’s styling comb.
  • >> 54 min 04 sec: Education work and educators.
  • >> 57 min 10 sec: Where to find out more on John.
  • >> 58 min 15 sec: Last 5 Questions.
  • >> 01 hr 00 min 38 sec: Show outro.