Jalaal Tudge – Barber Jalaal, Birmingham, UK

Name: Jalaal Tudge

Barbershop name: Barber Jalaal

Location: Barber Jalaal, Unit B, 312 Green Lane, Birmingham B9 5DP

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

I first started barbering at the age of 19 due to the inconsistencies of local barbershops, one week a good haircut the next week an awful one. Thereafter I decided to start cutting my own hair and didn’t do too bad at my first attempt. I probably owe this to my background in Art & Design, which enabled me to have a steady hand with an eye for detail. I have been barbering ever since and have over 11 years of experience.

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

My biggest mistake was not learning from the correct sources at the beginning, which would have helped me to progress quicker throughout my career. I’d also say that in the early days I had a lack of patience on the financial side, which led to me moving around shops far too often.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Branding is everything. The large majority of barbershops neglect to understand, that a strong brand identity is what will separate them from their competitors. Its imperative that staff and management reflect the strength of the brand through the products/services they offered. I agree that the market is somewhat saturated and we find that many shops just focus on undercutting prices to attract customers. But the best way in this day and age is to offer a quality service that leaves a lasting impression, solidifying the brand ethos with every client.

What are you finding is the most popular style/request/trend recently?

Textured Crops, Pompadours and Skin Fades are the popular styles I’m requested to produce, but I always like a challenge to keep me on my toes.

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

Well I once was working alone and had a client ask if he could sit on the empty seat, so I could cut two heads at once. I responded in amazement “Are you being serious?!” He replied “Yeah the other barber does it for me.”, I just broke out laughing and said “It’s a good job I’m not the other barber then.” I was just in awe of the fact that someone people really think we’re the real-life Edward Scissor Hands! LOL

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

I think beards were always going to make a comeback, because let’s be honest a bearded man is in his natural state and closer to his once caveman like masculinity. I love cutting, shaping, shaving and trimming beards, clean shaves are boring and tasches look dodgy Haha!

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see improved/brought out or developed within the industry/peers?

The introduction of laser hair removal tools would be great for the cosmetic side of barbering and could be a very lucrative addition to the existence income streams.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

Be patient and passionate then progress will follow. SIMPLE.

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling/skin or hair care etc or favourite tool to use in your shop?

To eliminate lines when fading the best technique I’ve found is flipping the trimming upside down and gently scraping over the area of line you wish to remove. You can also use the corner of a foil shaver in a flicking motion to refine your work and completely remove even the faintest of lines.

It’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

We close on Mondays so this wouldn’t be much of an issue lol, but we do love a bit of ‘Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going’.

 

Andreia Gouveia – Barbearia da Cruz, Lisbon , Portugal

Name : Andreia Gouveia (nickname Bratz )

Barbershop name : Barbearia da Cruz

Location: Lisbon , Portugal

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game ?

Since I was little I saw my mother working at her hairdresser, where I always tried to help during my school vacation, but honestly woman’s hair annoyed me, I was always excited when my mother let me use a Clipper in some client hair.

Then I started to try to cut my cousins’ hair on my own initiative, and that’s when I started to get enthusiastic about it. However professionally, I was military, I went for five years, but over time I understood that this was not what it meant for me.

I started dreaming about being a barber and creating my legacy in the barber world, and in 2018 I took the first step, I left my military career and enrolled in a barber course at a school in Lisbon.

Since then I have enjoyed the barber game, I finished the course and had the opportunity to start working in a traditional barber shop in Lisbon, Barbearia da Cruz. Where I learn every day, I evolve and feel recognition.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business? 

In our barbershop we make a difference, because we care about making very good haircuts, give a good service and the most important thing is that each customer leaves satisfied.

All services include a welcome drink, whiskey, coffee or water. The customer can choose the playlist, or the TV channel. We also have a guitar available. All this with great sympathy and we like what we do, and the customer feels it.

What are you finding is the most popular request recently?

In our barber shop we often do  Executive contour haircuts, Scumbag Boogie and Pompadours.

 

 

 

There’s a lot of banter between barbers which helps makes the shop a fun place to be. What’s the funniest situation occurred in your shop?

There are several funny situations, but the ones that are most in my memory are my three clients, very friendly, who like to come and cut their hair together, choose their music, I prepare their whiskeys and while I cut they go dancing in the barbershop, in a very funny way, and I love it, I laugh a lot.

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years, do you think this trend will continue & what’s your opinion on them?

I’m in love with beautiful beards. I think it is a trend that has come to stay. Men nowadays can be more careful with the beard, and that is crucial. Choosing the most appropriate beard style for each face, moisturizing it and cleaning it every day is essential to have a beautiful beard and give a boost in self-esteem.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see brought out or developed within the industry?

There has already been a great evolution, but if I could do magic I would love to end hair loss, because it is sad to see some men who adore their hair and have no money for hair implants, and this affects their self-esteem a lot.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

Be more confident of myself, not be afraid.

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling/skin or hair care etc or favourite tool to use in your shop? (We like to find unusual tips with this question so the more unique the better) Please explain as if explaining to a new apprentice.

I’m a recent barber, so I do not think I have any tricks to teach, but I have a lot to learn. And every day I get home and before I go to bed I watch videos on Youtube by professionals with a lot of talent, and it has helped me a lot with my doubts. So now I think my only tip has been to stay focused, passionate, humble and want to learn more and better every day.

It’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

I like to start Mondays with Hip Hop music, for example Drake – God’s Plan.

 

Angel ‘Barberette’ Pooley – Esquire, Tunbridge Wells, UK

Angel ‘Barberette’ Pooley

Name: Angel ‘Barberette’ Pooley

Barbershop name: Esquire Barbershop

Location: Tunbridge Wells 

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

I was a freelance beautician as well as doing many other things before that I never had a passion for and my dad always said I’d be good at barbering as I get along with men a lot better, and its recession proof, I had worked as a Saturday girl in a barbershop from 13 years old until I was 15.

So, I decided to take a college course to test out his theory, never realising how passionate about it I’d actually be and turns out he knows me pretty well. I loved my course and got a passion for barbering really quickly. Now I have been qualified 2 years but done a lot during those couple of years.

What other barbering related things do I do outside the shop?

I started working with The Great British Barber Bash when they came to my college and been with them ever since, I go to every show I can get to, a lot of the time on my own. Every time I go to shows it increases my passion as everyone is there for the same reason and it’s so inspiring. I hope to one day be cutting on a stall or even on stage at one of these shows, who knows what might happen in the future.

After college I was offered a 4 week spot working in Bald Monkey Hair Makers, Seville in Spain through the college all paid for, I was the only barber in the whole work experience scheme; which set me up with A great experience so I could have more chance of going straight into a shop and be more shop ready than I would have been straight out of college and make me stand out more than other people, I also travelled round my town giving out free haircuts to practice, telling everyone I’d just qualified and needed more experience.

Barber groups and forums helped me gain more skills by giving me advice. Also, a lovely lady called Tracey Smith from a barbershop in Lenham, Kent, offered me to come to her shop for a day to help me iron out a few skills when I was really struggling which helped me massively! Networking is massively important for me because if I need to ask questions for better techniques or new courses, I will find out about it.

I bought into my first shop last year, which is a massive thing so early on in my career but I thought it will help me learn the business from a owner’s point of view but with guidance, which will help me for when I get my own shop alone.

My most recent achievements are being asked to go to Las Vegas with the Pall Mall Barbers events team, at the beginning of March we went and cut hair at a big retail event where there was over 8000 attendees with companies such as google, Walmart and eBay. It was a massive shock to be asked but I am so proud about even being asked, let alone doing it and I hope to cut at a lot more events in the future. To top that off as well we got to see shaggy perform at a private party and cirque du soleil, we even got to meet the cast backstage. Experience of a lifetime!

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

I wouldn’t say I have made any mistakes on my barbering journey. All the different things I could have done differently have given me extra knowledge of the industry and I’ve grabbed every chance I could with both hands.

The main thing I would change is to not have worried so much about my skills because they all sorted themselves out in the end. I put hard work in and everything got better, and continues to do so. I wouldn’t have improved as much if I had a closed mind and only wanted to try one way of doing things. Extra courses with different barbers are the best when I feel like things aren’t going my way.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

I’m a firm believer that there is enough hair to cut for most shops. But the main thing is to be reliable, I think it can be very bad for business if you are not open during opening hours. Also not worry about what the other shops are doing, focus on yourself and your shop! Something that will set people apart from the rest is smiling and chattiness, customers will return to shops where they have a rapport with the barber.

Something that can help in the barbering game with the younger clientele is also upskilling and showing your active in the industry and committed to giving customers great service and cuts. I do this by working with barber shows, taking courses and showing my barber journey on Instagram.

What are you finding is the most popular style/request/trend recently?

Obviously, you have the skin fades that have been popular for quite a while but I have definitely seen a rise in scissors cuts, and think that will keep growing. Lots of my clients have said they want to grow their hair but it’s just a case of guiding the client through the ‘awkward’ stage in growing out their hair and showing them how to style it at home.

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?  

There are so many funny stories that I’ve been told but the one to top all of them Was a guy claiming he time travelled at the weekend, claiming everyone knows about it but they don’t want to acknowledge it. He carried round a bed sheet like a sack filled with loads of items apparently to make a time machine, including bit of broken plastic and even a sledge hammer. He got out a gas lantern and asked me if I knew what it was, which I did, he said it was from the future. I told him it’s definitely from the past. He said his time machine wasn’t what you thought it would be like, it’s more like a jelly fish. I still laugh about it now. Love the fact we get such different characters in the shop!

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

I have been seeing recently that beards are getting shorter and believe they will continue to do so. Maybe even go to wet shaves being more popular in the future. After all, all fashions come back around. At work I love doing beards styling to shape the face and determining what shape would be best for the clients. I’m a big fan of doing beards when they are going down into a point, and tapering the beard on the cheeks.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see improved/brought out or developed within the industry/peers?

One of my most used products is not for styling but tonics (I use FAB hair tonics) to help cleanse the hair before cutting and helps my sectioning become neater. When styling I love to use salt spray before the blow dry to set the shape and volume and then finish by defining it with a clay wax (I use Osmo). Although I don’t use it a lot, I believe that hair dust will become a lot more popular with clients as it gives definition and texture and is easy to use.

There’s a lot of banter between barbers which helps makes the shop a fun place to be. What’s the funniest joke played/situation occurred in your shop?

The best thing I’ve ever done in a shop; I came to work with a full banana outfit on, for no reason, just because I fancied it. With only my face and arms showing. Cutting hair in it all day. The kids loved it and created a real buzz around the shop and got a lot of people smiling.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

Don’t be upset if you make mistakes it’s all a part of the process and always continue to develop skills even when your disheartened. Also, one bit of advice Oksana from Station barbers gave me is take time off, a few days off every couple of months, can give you enough rest to come back with a new refreshed view for the job.

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling/skin or hair care etc or favourite tool to use in your shop?

I would be lost without my taper comb, I use it for every haircut. Whether it for tapering the edges, cutting the hair round the ears, brows or taking out dark spots in a fade. It’s great because it’s so bendy and can be used for all the finer details. I’d be so lost without it. And obviously the fab hair tonics that I mentioned before; I put in my water spray so it cleanses the hair and adds a smell that the client loves.

 

Final question, it’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

Got to get thru this- Daniel

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Chelsea Trosclair – Goodfellas Barber Shop, Texas

Chelsea Trosclair

Name: Chelsea Trosclair

Barbershop name: Goodfellas Barber Shop

Location: Texas 

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game? 

Honestly, I never thought I would end up in the hair industry. Before this, I worked construction as a steam tracer in a chemical plant. I thought I would stay in that industry for the rest if my life. When that contract ended, I was 19 years old living with my mom so I had to find something.

Now, I was never the girly girl growing up, so hair and makeup had never even crossed my mind. I remember getting on Facebook one day and seeing this girl with amazing vivids in her hair, so I figured I’d go to school for that. I did women’s hair for about 2 years, but realized I just didn’t have the passion for it.

A friend of mine suggested doing men’s hair, so I went to the local chop shop and worked there for 4 years. Unfortunately, with places like that, they don’t really care about the quality of the cut so I would constantly get in trouble for taking too long on a client. (We were timed) Being in a place like that will make you hate your craft and lose all passion for it as well.

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Then a year ago, I was hired on at Goodfellas Barbershop and was welcomed into an amazing barber family. This place changed my way of thinking, has helped me grow in skill and personal ways, and has me constantly striving to be better. I love my giant dysfunction family here ha-ha. All in all, I’ve been doing hair collectively for 6, going on 7, years.

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

It’s hard to pinpoint my biggest mistake. You make so many when you first start out in this industry. However, if I had to choose one, it would be second guessing myself constantly. Either being about my skill or the haircut, I would constantly second guess myself. With haircuts, it would make me continuously push the guide line up, which would obviously raise the fade way to high.

I’ve had some great teachers, one being good ole YouTube, to help me along the way.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Consistency for one!! It plays a huge factor in creating that all around experience for the clients. Nothing is better than walking into a shop and knowing that no matter who you go to, you are going to have a great experience and an awesome fade to go with it.

A shop also needs to have some kind of structure and the ability to keep a fun and positive energy in the shop. Communication skills are a must because we’re not just barbers. We are basically a therapist too ha-ha. Or at least it feels that way for me.

What are you finding is the most popular style/request/trend recently?

In our area, bald fades with a textured top and edged up fringe is really popular. I’d say the combover is probably just as popular as well.

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

Man, that’s a hard one. The number of stories I hear is unreal. Honestly, the funniest thing that has happened to me had to have been with one of my elderly clients. He is the absolute cutest little old man!! So, this man is wheelchair bound and had asked if I could shave his beard off. Of course, I agreed to it!

He was fairly low so instead of trying to bend over the whole time, I got on my knees so it would be eye level. The old man started giggling away and I had no idea why. I asked him what was so funny and h just shook his head. I asked him again, and he giggled for a good 3 minutes and finally said, “It’s just been a very long time since I’ve had a woman on their knees for me!” Man, I died laughing. His daughter was rolling on the couch in laughter as well. I hope to be like him one day and not give a fuck ha-ha. Old people goals.

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

*in my best Elsa voice* “let it groooow. LET IT GROOOW!!” 
I am a beard fanatic!! The longer the better! One thing I can’t stand is hearing about how someone’s significant other wants them to keep it short or take it totally off.

When that happens. I typically let them know that they have no man card, and somewhere in their significant others purse is their balls in a jar. (My clients and I constantly throw shots at each other. All in good fun)

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see improved/brought out or developed within the industry/peers?

Honestly, I can’t say anything should be improved. This industry is a constant learning experience. There are always new trends, new styles, and new techniques. It’s just about taking the time to improve yourself and your skill.

There’s a lot of banter between barbers which helps makes the shop a fun place to be. What’s the funniest joke played/situation occurred in your shop?

We don’t really play too many jokes here, but we are all trash talkers! We will roast any and everyone! It always keeps it fun energy in the shop, especially when the clients get in on it. The guys have an ongoing joke about me and call me Chad. They say I have an alter ego that is a dude. Apparently hunting and being into sports makes you a guy ha-ha.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

Man, the best advice I could give myself would have to be to never doubt yourself. Even if you’re not one of the best now, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be soon. Everyone started out doing shit fades. People didn’t get to where they are now by starting out with the sickest fades. You grow!

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling etc or favourite tool to use in your shop?

My shears and feather razor would have to be my favourite tools. I absolutely love creating texture and volume with them. My favourite little trick is using the feather razor over comb. It allows you to add a tad bit of texture to the sides as well as blend.

Final question, it’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

We have a YouTube playlist that we show on the TVs here for the clients. It’s all censored. But in the mornings before clients show up, we normally blast people’s requests which go from rap to bachata. I, personally, will jam some Emmure or A Day To Remember.

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Alison Shepherd – Male Concept, Lewes, UK

Alison Shepherd, Male Concept
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Name: Alison Shepherd

Barbershop name: Male Concept

Location: Lewes

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

It was an accident really, I left halfway through my A levels because I wasn’t enjoying them, I was quite naive and thought it would be really easy to get a job, pretty much everywhere I applied too either shut down within months of me applying or said I didn’t have the experience to take me on.

My mum’s friend saw an advert for a local hairdresser offering an apprenticeship in hairdressing and £90 seemed like a lot of money to me after just getting pocket money so I took it.

Later into my training my college found me another shop where they promised me more money and a higher level of training, they said if I didn’t stay there I couldn’t carry on with my course, unfortunately the man who ran the shop ended up paying me less than promised and was inappropriate towards me and the other younger girls so I didn’t stay long, being young I was too embarrassed to tell the college so I just left about two months before qualifying.

I almost gave up but the guy I was going out with at the time suggested I try his local barbers, he told the boss I could cut men’s hair, which I couldn’t, and told me she was willing to train me which she’d not agreed to, but once she met me she decided to take me on from there and I’ve done it ever since. Started barbering when I was 18 and I’ve done it now for 8 years

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

Not being patient with myself, I was a slow learner and a perfectionist. Because I used to have low confidence in my abilities, I used to produce a lot of ‘mushroom’ cuts. But all fixable, I’ve seen young barbers which training be overconfident and take too much off and go too high and then you can’t fix it so your poor customer ends up going out with a Lego head

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Being able to cater to everyone (or almost everyone), pay attention to your customer, not everyone wants to talk but the people who do make sure it’s an enjoyable experience and be aware of who’s around you. I hear a lot of customers say they stopped going to certain places because they feel intimated or when there’s children or older generations in the barbers are language is not crude. It’s okay to have banter and be rude in the right environment but you have to be aware of your surroundings.

 

What are you finding is the most popular style/request/trend recently?

In our area skin fades are really popular with a lot of texture on top with the fringe either swept over of straight down

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

I think some of them are too rude to tell you guys, me and my customers get onto some very weird subjects, a lot of my customers I have a good back and forth with so we can take the mick out of each other, we’ve set up a dating site for one customer’s rather large mole, they usually take the piss out of my tragic dating life, and I had a conversation with a little boy about how if the whole world was made out of bacon.

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

As a female I LOVE beards, so I hope it does, I think as long as you look after it and keep it in shape then it’s absolutely fine. And of course, you’ve got to be blessed with enough face bush to be able to grow one, there are a few men that as hard as they may try it’s just not in their DNA to have one.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see improved/brought out or developed within the industry/peers?

I think in a lot of products people pay more attention to the packaging than to the product, some of the best products I’ve used have had not so good packaging (which is a shame) but some of the worst products have had great looking packaging. I think it would be good to have some more natural products too because a lot of the time I do not understand one ingredient on the back of them, and with the way, a lot of industries are going natural seems to be the way.

There’s a lot of banter between barbers which helps makes the shop a fun place to be. What’s the funniest joke played/situation occurred in your shop?

Usually, the pranks get played on me (that’s what you get for working with boys) holes in my water bottles so I dribble everywhere, and we have a lot of water fights with our water sprays too. I have got them to scare the crap out of each other though, one of the boys was hiding outside the loo waiting to make the other one jump, and then I gave the other guy the heads up so they made each other jump and bumped heads. I also shaved a dick into one of the boy’s heads and made him go get me a sandwich from the local shop.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

Wear comfortable shoes, and keep an eye on your back, posture is everything.

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling etc or favourite tool to use in your shop?

I know a lot of people like putting the line in first and fading out but I find fading down easier, less time consuming and less likely to end up with heavy lines at the end of the cut.

Final question, it’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

If it were up to me I’d put on Bryce Vice on Spotify radio but we end up with radio 1 on the tv or Frasier

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Altaaf Bauhadoor – Morc Pinewood, Mauritius

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Name: Altaaf Bauhadoor

Barbershop name: Altaaf Hair Studio

Location: Camp Fouquereaux, Morc Pinewood, Mauritius

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

I managed to pass the SC level but decided to call it quit. I needed an internship somewhere and I secured one in a reputed salon in Rose Hill. Coming from a very small area, I was amazed to see that such level of hairdressing existed in Mauritius.

After gathering some enriching and fruitful experience, the owner and myself mutually agreed that I needed some training as well as exposure from other well-respected institutions. I had my mind set in to enter into the best salon in the island.  I was lucky and got selected there.  It was just wonderful.

However, after some time, I decided to take a break to think again about my future. Thus, I accommodated a small space in my home to exercise as a hairstylist while my permit got approved.

From there, my solo journey began. I’m still far from my goals but my dream is to lead a team where each one has a different talent and specialises in one specific area. Giving youngsters with potential the chance to show their worth is also something I have close to my heart

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

It was when I was learning to use a razor and shaving my friend who was learning too and I mistakenly cut his cheek and it started to bleed.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Knowing how to treat your clients is one of the tips to have a successful shop. Like knowing their last haircut or colour and do a summary with them, they appreciate that.

Sponsorship like I did last few times where Altaaf Hair Studio was the main and official hairstylist for the Miss & Mr Eco Mauritius and for the events organised at the University of Mauritius. I don’t get paid for that but it increases my popularity and I gain many clients from it.

I’m a solo hairstylist but I have two students doing their stage in my shop and they’re doing well. I bring them along whenever I go to events or home services. I don’t have staff but Altaaf Hair Studio consists of 4 members. Me, a make up artist known as Make Up By Yushrah on Instagram and the 2 students Junaïd Jackie and Taariq Issimdar.

What are you finding is the most popular style/request/trend recently?

For Men : The classic haircut with a side part and a skin fade on the sides and sometimes a style like a pompadour

For Ladies : Bob haircut is the word which comes out of every female who sits on the chair. A bit slicked and inverted is what I propose

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For Colouring some grey babylights on guys head and balayage caramel or platinum blond for the girls

 

 

 

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

I think it’s when teenagers come back to me after a crazy hair colour and have to dye it black again because of the bad times at home. They tell me what their dad said and the grief they get over it. This happens at the end of every semester

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

I think that some guys will keep the trend because I still have clients that maintain their beard and want it to grow longer. For clients who don’t have hair on the top they prefer to shave their head and keep a large thick beard. They like that badass look.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see improved/brought out or developed within the industry/peers?

To be honest I really like the effect of PACINOS product but unfortunately, we don’t have it here. I would develop the deep skin fade and keep the length on the top to play with the styles and using different types of effect.

 

There’s a lot of banter between barbers which helps makes the shop a fun place to be. What’s the funniest joke played/situation occurred in your shop?

When a client doesn’t have hair and he want a style that have long hair on the top, like he shows me a picture of what haircut he wants. Or when a lady sit on the chair she says she want a big change, she’s tired of that hair, she wants to be transformed.. BUT KEEP THE LENGTH!! HAHAA

 

 

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

I would say never give up and keep on moving forward. This job is like something to be crafted with your own hand. You can see how magical your hands can be and what can be created

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling/skin or hair care etc or favourite tool to use in your shop? (We like to find unusual tips with this question so the more unique the better) Please explain as if explaining to a new apprentice.

Hmmm for fading I prefer to clean the sides with a guard 3 first and then draw the line zero follow by guard 1 to blend the contrast and then using appropriate angles I cut in the top and always style the hair after so that the client have an idea of how to style it at home and how it should be.

For hair care I always talk about the client’s hair, as to whether it’s dry, greasy, or if it has dandruff. I propose then what to use and keep a record of the clients circumstances.

My favourite tools are my Wahl Clipper

My Jaguar 6” scissors and 7” YBL scissors

 

 

Final question, it’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

We absolutely love Arman Cekin, Good For You ft Glaceo.

It just makes me think about my project which is going to be on this year itself. That is opening my big salon. A bit more comfortable with 2 or 3 working stations. A welcome desk and products on shelves. That’s my dream and my motivation to work hard and to achieve more in life. I get back on track to get
motivated by thinking of that beauty. That’s it.

 

Charlene Rhodes – Louisiana USA

Introducing you to barbers from around the world to share their hints, tips and stories with you. This week we’re fortunate to be able to chat to Charlene “Charley” Rhodes from the barbershop Just 4 Him Haircuts in Larose, Louisiana.

Charlene Rhodes

Charlene RhodesWhat got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

What first got me into the Barbering GAME was when I moved to Austin, Tx about 8 years ago and I got a job at an amazing barbershop similar to Just 4 Him. But it was Co-Ed, Birds Barbershop on East 6th st. I’ve been pursuing that barber passion since but collectively I’ve been doing hair for 14 years.

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

Ignoring facial shapes and trying to give everyone the same cut, I realize now 7 years later that was a HUGE DEAL and very important to the work and customer service we do here at Just 4 Him.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Having a successful business comes in 3 big parts 1. Education 2. Customer service 3. Pleasant and loyal employees/ independent contractors. Just 4 Him wouldn’t be successful without the knowledge we are instilled with by our owners, educators and positive attitudes and lifestyles.

Just 4 Him Haircuts
Franchise owners and wives of Just 4 Him Haircuts

What are you finding is the most popular style/trend recently?

Natural beards, enhancements are great until it’s time to wash it. I try to use natural beard oils and washes to help my clients grow full beautiful beards.

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

Funniest thing is hearing all the insane things these men go through when it comes to Louisiana Baby Mamas, the lengths they go to smh, include: fighting being number one, running trucks into houses, stealing cars, releasing alligators into their yards and sending their nudes to their entire family.

Just 4 Him Haircuts

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

Oh yes absolutely, females love beards and have since the dawn of time, my most favourite is a simple length to accentuate the clients face, with a sharp line.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new products or techniques would you like to see improved within the industry?

More Beard products to promote healthy beards, lather machines that don’t cost over 100 dollars and more cordless clippers that work amazing and don’t die fast.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

USE A BARBER COMB

What’s your favourite tool to use in your shop?

100th anniversary Wahl cordless clippers!

I’m obsessed with the new patent pending 100th anniversary Wahl cordless clippers! You can also use them with the cord and they cut like butter and do not get clogged easy. My other favourite for my guys with beards is a special Nola branded beard oil I have made special for me by my good friend, Idyll Hands NOLA, it has all organic ingredients and even promotes healthy beard growth without any after feel or smell. Absorbed easily and smells amazing.