Watch local barbers compete in three rounds for a grand prize package and bragging rights during the Ezra Brooks Presents GENT Barber Battle at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Ready Room in the Grove. There will be free samples of Ezra Brooks bourbon whiskey. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at www.thereadyroom.com or $20 at the door.

The Battle

The competition will be judged in three rounds. The first two rounds will be judged by a panel of respected judges in five categories


All categories will be based on points from each judge. Please note, you will be judged on a FINISHED LOOK. An unfinished look (cut not finished and/or product not applied) will result in zero points for this category.

The finale, round three, will be judged by audience participation, so we encourage you to invite some friends to cheer you on! 

Please bring all tools needed to complete your finished look. This includes everything except the chair. You will also need to provide your first mode. Models for the second and third rounds will be provided for you.



   Wahl Education & Artistic Team (W.E.A.T.)

  Wahl Education & Artistic Team (W.E.A.T.)

Lauren Milner

Utilizing knowledge from both her barbering and cosmetology backgrounds, Lauren Milner brings a wide perspective of haircutting to demonstrate to professionals of all skill levels new ways to improve their techniques, helping lead to increased efficiency. Quick to pay it forward and share her experience in men’s haircutting, she joined W.E.A.T. to help others advance their clipper cutting techniques. But behind Lauren the great hair artist is an exceptional businessperson and social media guru. You can follow Lauren online as she creates content on barbering, education and of course, her favorite Wahl tools. Her strengths in social media, customer service, retail sales and salon productivity maximize her versatile potential behind the chair. With her passion equates the pragmatic business aspect of the industry—the combination at which Lauren excels.

 GENT Barber Battle Grand Prize Winner

GENT Barber Battle Grand Prize Winner

Arnold “Mr. T.J. the Barber” Tutson

Arnold “Mr. T.J. the Barber” Tutson is a business professional in the areas human development and entrepreneurship. Mr. T.J. the Barber has administered barbering services and materials, professionally, throughout the St. Louis Metro Area. He has competed in barber battles including GENT Barber Battle and also won a few trophies, all within the year 2017. Now that Mr. T.J. the Barber has established himself as one of St. Louis best up and coming barbering professionals, he has ambitions of opening his own barber shop in 2018. To galvanize his ambition, he will continue to meet the needs of the community on a philanthropic level with his popular initiative haircuts for the homeless. 

 GENT Barber Battle Runner Up Prize

GENT Barber Battle Runner Up Prize

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