2019 Judges

Big RedBig Red

Big Red is the owner of Master Kutz Barber & Beauty Salon in Charlotte, NC. Inspired by Ed Tucker, he knew from the 12th grade that we wanted to open a salon.

Big Red’s passion for barbering comes from his love of people and community. He believes the profession gives him the opportunity to reach and positively influence others.

A member of the North Carolina Local Barber Association, Big Red is also very active in the community, particularly supporting children. He takes part in NCBA’s work with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to educate young people on police interaction, hosts an annual December toy drive, and regularly visits and speaks with local high school students.


Mukhairah Jackson Harris

Mukhairah Jackson Harris is a native of New Jersey and has resided in Charlotte, NC, for 19 years.  Ms. Harris has always been very passionate about doing hair.  Ms. Harris is a licensed cosmetologist and an educator at Empire Beauty School Pine/Matthews. Besides doing hair, Ms. Harris also enjoys fashion and has designed t-shirts for the cosmetology community and formal wear. As a hairstylist, healthy hair is very important to Ms. Harris.  She provides services such as hair replacement and treats hair loss.  You can follow Ms. Harris via FB at jerzey girl hair and IG at jerzey_girl_hair or you can reach her at 704-840-3753.

Shawn Tapley

Shawn Tapley, affectionately known as Tap, is the owner/operator of Premier Grooming Lounge two locations – WT Harris and Sharon Amity in Charlotte, NC.  Tap has been in the industry for over 20 years and is Owner/Operator at Premier Grooming Academy www.premiergroomingacademy.com.

Tap prides his success on never becoming complacent and his belief to staying in a humbling learning environment. Tap is Certified in Non-Surgical Hair Replacements (Units) a very unique service provided by only a few professionals in Charlotte.

According to Tap, “I have some goals I want to accomplish in the industry, so I have to keep this sword sharpened. I still watch great barbers on social media and try to at least go to two hair shows yearly. When you become comfortable and start to coast in this industry that’s when your skills diminish”.

You can follow Tap on IG and FB and via his website at www.cutbytap.com.


Award-winning, Master Barber and Instructor Shawn is an elite professional that prides himself on providing a wide range of  quality services beyond traditional cutting and trimming.  A native of Winston-Salem NC, Shawn moved to the Queen City to open a state of the art shop that caters to all styles and types of hair.

The desire to provide services that encompasses the needs of both men and women led Shawn to birth 34th Salon suites, an establishment located adjacent to his barbershop which caters to those that require a softer touch. 34th Salon Suites, part of the 34th Design empire, exists to satisfy the most routine or complex beauty needs of those seeking the ultimate grooming experience from the areas most qualified cosmetologists, massage therapists, and estheticians.

You can contact Shawn at 336-997-0814 or following him on IG @ shawnnorthside34 or fb @ 34thdesign.

Tynetta Hare

Tynetta Nicole Hare is a dynamic soloist, who sings songs that soothe the soul and transform broken spirits.  Her infectious personality, sense of humor and spirit of God within her, bring peace to any environment.  Tynetta has been singing since the age of three years old.  She has toured internationally with M.C. Hammer as a back up singer and lead vocalist.  Her voice has been featured on the “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt’em, CD and his gospel CD, “Inside Out.” Tynetta has also had the opportunity to sing, “Go For It,” which is a song featured on the Rocky V soundtrack.

Tynetta is also a licensed cosmetologist and owner of The Vine Designs located in the University area of Charlotte, NC.