David Craig, master barber and founder of The Derry Barber Company, has been awarded the prestigious title of Best Male Stylist at the inaugural Northern Ireland Hair and Beauty Awards.
Thousands of nominations flooded in from across the country in a race to be crowned the best in the hair and beauty industry.
David was the only barber and male stylist in the North West nominated for Best Barber and Male Stylist 2015 and he fought off tough competition from many of Northern Ireland’s best.
He received his award at a gala ceremony in Belfast at the weekend.
David, whose company is located at Great James’ Street, said: “I am really humbled and honoured to be presented with the prestigious title of Northern Ireland’s Male Stylist 2015 and to bring this coveted title to Derry.
“Aside from opening my traditional barbershop setting in 2013, this award has to been one of the highlights of my career to date.
“I have been barbering for 25 years now in Derry and I would like to dedicate this award to all of my loyal customers who have allowed me to practice my passion professionally on a daily basis.
“I also would also like to dedicate this award to my team of skilled barbers in The Derry Barber Company who have shared my passion for excellence in the traditional craft of barbering and male grooming. I am delighted that my endeavors have been recognized in this way and to be an ambassador for this historic and extremely rewarding profession. ”
This is the third in a list of regional and national awards that the Derry Barber Company have received since opening.
Last year, David and Niall O’Neill were awarded with the title of King of Wet Shaves and Jake Gallagher was fifth in the The British Barbers Association’s Classic Master Barbers title.
Commenting on the accolades, David says: “We are barbers simply because we love what we do.
“Whilst these awards are a very welcome addition, we gain most job satisfaction from crafting a quality male haircut, develop a lasting and strong relationship with the customer on our chair and the feeling at the end of the day that we have made men of all ages look and feel good about themselves.”
Irfan Younis, of event organisers Creative Oceanic, added: “We have had a fantastic response from the public who voted in their thousands to ensure their favourite hair and beauty guru’s made the shortlist. The response has been amazing considering it is the first year of the awards. We would like to wish David Craig the best of luck in his future career.”