Meet Jose Montejano, the 3rd Place Winner in the 2017 Wahl Online Barber Battle

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What is your name? What is the name of your barbershop? Your city/state? What are your social handles?

Jose Montejano, American Barbershop, Santa Ana Ca, @cant_be_faded 


Can you please provide a brief bio background of your barbering experience

I have been a licensed barber for 10 years now. I have been working at American Barbershop for 7 years. I’ve been cutting hair since high school and still love what I do every day. 


Why did you participate in the Wahl Online Barber Battle? 

I saw it as an opportunity to help me do what I always wanted to do. I always wanted to share my experience with other people and help them grow in their craft. I had nothing to lose and so much to gain. 


How did you find out about the battle?

I saw the barber battle flyer on the @wahlpro Instagram page.


What was your reaction? Can you describe how you felt being named a winner?

I was excited when I heard the results. I was honored to have been in the top 3


How did you prepare for the Online Barber Battle? What was your inspiration? Your winning strategy?

My preparation consisted of trying to find the best models I could. My inspiration came from looking at other videos and pictures of hairstyles I thought would look best. 


What did you learn?

I learned to not hold back and push myself to be more creative. Hair cutting is an art to me I just need to express myself better with my passion. 


Of the three haircuts, what is your favorite?

I thought my pixie cut was my best entry for the competition.


Is there anything you would have done differently?

I could have been more creative and outside the box when doing the design.


Anything else you’d like to share about this moment?

Thank you for the opportunity of giving me a chance to make one of my dreams come true. I will continue to push myself and get better for the next time. 


How are you going to celebrate?

I will celebrate with my family over dinner and a movie. 


Any advice for future contestants?

My advice would be is find good models and don’t hold back!!


View Jose’s full submission video below!

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