In June, the Echo newspaper went on the search for the ‘Barber of the Year’ as nominated and voted for by our readers. The winner has been crowned and nowhere is their story:

Ashlee McCarthy Owner and Barber at Hair To Stay family-run Barbers didn’t realise how much their work was appreciated within the local community. It means a lot to be recognised like this and shows that the right decision was made when opening the business back in 2014.

“With 17 years experience in the industry, I’ve worked hard to make my shop as welcoming and relaxing as possible, for people of all ages, whether it is for baby’s first hair cut or a special occasion”

Based in Kingswood, Basildon Hair To Stay Barbers has always been a clean space; however, I went above and beyond of recent to ensure our clients felt as safe as possible within our establishment.
Undertaking courses in combing suicide prevention and barbering education, which means my door is always open to everybody.
Parents with children who have ADHD and autism can feel comfortable as soon as they enter the shop. We will assure the children have our trust to cut their hair knowing we are kind and here to help.

With this recognition, I hope to see some new faces pop in for a fresh new haircut and a chat. I’m just looking forward to doing my little bit to bring back that feel-good feeling to the community.

Hair To Stay Barbers is introducing wedding packages for the groomsmen and their party, as I feel I can offer something that is missing from the current market. I always aim to make sure the shop is looking and functioning as its best and the customers leave with a spring in their step.

Ashlee added “I have dedicated myself to my craft and love the chance to build meaningful connections with my customers so I can provide them with the best look possible. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and always look forward to meeting new clients. We are so happy and overwhelmed, thank you”