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’.

 

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.