the team

WAHL Artistic Team

The WAHL Creative Team


Simon Shaw

After ten successful years as Artistic Director of Wahl (UK) Ltd, Simon is one of the most popular and highly regarded hairdressers/barbers within the industry.

Simon is known for his passionate, innovative and fun approach to hairdressing/barbering and education. He takes part in hairdressing/barbering exhibitions, stage shows and seminars at the Wahl Academy. We are lucky enough at LAFHAB to have seen Simon in action first hand after he has held a master-class at the Academy this year.



With over 20 years experience under his belt, 5ive the Barber/Stylist has been one of the main leaders in innovating and creating unique hairstyles, and has successfully created a distinct and undisputed reputation for himself within the competitive world of hairdressing. A freelance stylist with the versatility to work with male/ female, Afro and European hair, 5ive is also a technician/platform artist for various trade and product companies. His work consists of regular shows, not only up and down the UK but also across Europe and the Far East.

5ive has acquired numerous awards including ‘Wahl’s Barber of the year’ 1997, and more recently ‘Southern Stylist of the Year’ and ‘Stylist of the year 2013′ at the Black Hair and Beauty Sensationnel Awards.



Michael Damiano
Michael started cutting hair at the age of just 15, and had a full column of clients by the age of 16. By the time he was 17 he had already won 2 trophies, and he went on to win ‘Barber of the year 2004’ and ‘Barber of the year 2005’, In 2011 he added ‘Barber of the Year at the Afro Awards’ to his collection of wins.

Michael runs his own barbershop, as well as tutoring at the college he gained his awards at, teaching students his skills and talents in barbering, from pattern designing to funky cutting and ace of fading!



Carl Blake
Carl specialised in men’s hairdressing in 1990 when his technique and creative flair began to flourish in male grooming, opening his first men’s salon in East Sussex in 1998. Now with an impressive 25+ years experience in the hairdressing industry, Carl Blake is an instrumental member of the renowned Wahl Artistic Team. Carl has also been involved in many photoshoots which have resulted in editorial features and front covers in leading publications.

In addition to running a successful salon in West Sussex, Carl also presents his latest techniques and styles on stage at exhibitions such as Salon International and training seminars across the UK.