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.

Goodfellas Barbershop

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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Why and how to use beard balm for the best result

Is your beard long, dry and unruly? Or maybe you’re a bit earlier on in your beard growth journey, and the unbearable itchiness is driving you nuts?

No matter how manly the man he still needs to moisturise and condition his skin and beard regularly.

Where image is everything beard balm offers the perfect solution, and using one with high-quality natural ingredients is key to getting that healthy look and feel to your lions’ mane,

Used every day when preparing to go out the door will treat dandruffsoften your beard, moisturise your skin, and keep your beard hairs in place.

But you’ve got to use it correctly and to talk you through it, we’ve put the following guide right here for you.

All beard balms are made up of beeswax, a butter, and a combination of oils.

The wax is what gives the balm its hold but don’t expect to be creating the kind of hair styles you would find in a Tim Burton movie. However, a noticeable difference in look and feel awaits and here’s what you should be doing though.

Stop over washing.

It can be tempting to keep washing your beard to calm the itch. However, overdoing it is stripping the natural moisture and oils your skin produces leaving it dry and brittle. 2-3 times a week is recommended with a decent shampoo that is meant for beards. You could also try conditioning beard wash treatments some of which will recommend daily use if you do prefer more frequent use.

However, every evening you should be using warm water to wash your beard of the build-up it accumulates during the day. Now that your beard is washed you can comb out any knots with ease. No knots mean a longer, more even looking beard then it’s time to use a 100% natural beard oil.

Start to Massage & Moisturise.

So, you’re up had your coffee and it’s time to get ready for the day ahead. Take a pea size amount of your chosen beard balm aroma from our professionally made range and rub evenly on your fingers. Starting at your neckline run your fingers through your beard in an upwards motion getting deep into the roots and nourishing your skin. You want to get right underneath your beard and take the time to massage the balm up from your neck to your jawline then cheeks spreading evenly and carefully. Don’t forget to take the time to run your fingertips around your mouth line and under your bottom lip. These are often overlooked and usually are the areas that dry out first. You can then work on your moustache and apply more balm if needed or use a stronger wax to compliment your style of choice.

Continue to be a boar.

Using a good boar bristle brush will help distribute your beard balm nicely through your beard so make sure you add one to your wash bag. Especially in the early —months of growth keeping the knots out and your hairs guided into the direction of your chosen style makes a big difference in taming them.

Finally

Before you go to bed at night, rinse your beard with warm water and apply your favourite beard oil again. When you wake up, do the whole routine over again.

Unlike shampoo, beard balm can and should be applied every day. Be sticking to the plan you’ll notice that your beard becomes softer.

A lot of men mistakenly believe that having a beard is easier than shaving every day, but it takes just as much work to properly maintain.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know! Comment and tell us what’s on your mind.