Galashiels barber Luigi Caterino is making the most of being in the cut-throat world of men’s hairdressing – but it’s really been a close shave.
Luigi, who owns The Italian Job barbershop in the town’s Channel Street, beat off fierce competition and will now go head-to-head with 14 other barbers for the coveted Scotland Best Wet Shaving Barber regional title, to be contested in Manchester next month.
And if he is successful there, he will go on to the national final in Wales, to vie for the title of Britain’s Best Shave.
Luigi, originally from Italy, comes from a family of barbers.
He told The Southern: “I started very young, working for my dad in Naples.
“I moved here 11 years ago. Unfortunately my English was not very good, and no barber would give me work, so I started work as a waiter for my brother who had an Italian restaurant in Melrose.”
Nine years later, he was given a chance to do what he loves by a barber in Galashiels who gave him a chair one day a week.
He said: “After he saw me work it became three days a week.”
Luigi is now set up on his own on the corner of Market Street, and relishes the chance to bring silverware back to Galashiels.
He will make the trip to Manchester with model Tiago Carvalho, and he will be judged on a number of criteria, such as preparation, razor technique, aftershave routine, health and safety, and overall efficiency.
The competition is organised by male grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge and the British Barbers’ Association.
z See Luigi in action by watching the video on our website – www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk