As the Grand Prize winner in Wahl Professional's Online Barber Battle, Benny Machado, barber at The Executive Barbershop in Newport, West Virginia, took home the full 5-Star line of clippers and trimmers. Plus, he will have an honorary one-year position on the highly coveted W.E.A.T. beginning in January 2018.
ABOUT BENNY: "I started cutting hair in a small space that my dad provided for me in the balcony of our home when I was approximately 16 years old. I graduated from barbering at a Vocational High School in Humacao, Puerto Rico. At the age of 21 in 2006, I moved to Virginia, USA, where I became a licensed barber."
Why did you participate in the Wahl Online Barber Battle? "I chose to participate in the Wahl Online Barber Battle because I have a strong desire to become an educator and I like inspiring others. Also Wahl has been my personal tool of preference throughout my career."
How did you prepare for the Online Barber Battle? What was your inspiration? "I made sure I chose the correct models based upon Wahl's recommendations. Secondly, I credit the help of my friend and editor of the submitted video, Edward Arias (IG @Blackshoesfilms)."
What did you learn? "Throughout this process I have learned that you should never take for granted the opportunities presented to you."
What advice do you offer to entrants in the future? "Never underestimate yourself. Seize every opportunity that is presented to you!"
Follow him on Instagram: (@mr_executive_barber).
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