Allow me to introduce myself...
With more than 25 years experience, I am considered a leading player within the male hairdressing industry. And my work has allowed me to travel the world sharing my passion as a former Director of the British Barbers’ Association. My unique stance incorporates traditional barbering with a modern flair, thus ensuring a constant delivery of fresh and innovative ideas to men’s hairdressing. My distinctive approach to male grooming is evident in examples of my work as Creative Director at The Refinery and Gentlemen’s Tonic in Mayfair, as well as the Harrods Barbershop in Knightsbridge.
My professional achievements have been endorsed by numerous awards and accolades, including a Master Craftsman award which I received at the House of Commons. As a finalist, nominated for Men’s category of ‘The British Hairdressing Awards’ and three times winner of ‘Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year’, I have been granted exclusive entry to the ‘Barbering Hall Of Fame’. I am proud to also be named amongst the first industry icons to collect the honorary PHAB (Performance in Hair and Beauty) Standard award. In 2014, I was bestowed the prestigious honour of being elected as Barbering Ambassador for the Hairdressing Council. And I picked up a new award called the Most Wanted Male Grooming Specialist in 2016.
From Hackney To Harrods
BUT THIS IS NOT WHERE MY STORY BEGINS...
My story starts in Hackney, East London. Back then, Hackney wasn’t the “up-and-coming” district that it is now. In fact, the area that this tale begins was infamously nicknamed “murder mile”. So there I was in my mother’s house using the scissors as a tool for cutting hair – perhaps a controversial choice of weapon and use for this area. The streets were dangerous, and I was on a mission to escape it. Trust me when I say this – it was life or death. And life was hair.
I realised I had a fascination with hair. That fascination quickly turned into an obsession – an obsession which changed my life forever. I soon joined the local barbershop, where I worked from dusk ‘til dawn for an endless stream of clients (I call it the Lucozade years because I lived off the energy drink to get me through). Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved cutting hair there but I felt like the chair was holding me back – I had so much more to give. Seeking bigger opportunities, I studied hairdressing, headed to London’s West End, and over a period of 10 years, I worked my way to the top, working for some of the most exclusive male grooming emporiums in London including Harrods. By this time, I was starting to win awards, but I still didn’t feel like I was fulfilling my potential, there I go again feeling frustration. That frustration led me to find solutions which changed the game for me; strategies that I would love to share with you in my programmes as your coach and mentor. I guarantee that what I've learnt can make a difference to your profile, your career and your financial future.
Back to the story...
So, what do you do when you are Creative Director in one of the most prestigious barbershops in London? Well, I kept striving until I reached the top of the hair industry, working at an entirely different level. You see, when I began my journey in this industry, barbers were not seen as session stylists. I wanted to break the mould. I wanted to prove to myself that I could shape a career which was completely unique to this industry and inspire the next generation of Master Craftsman.
25 years ago, when I started barbering, all my hair heroes were hairdressers. Hairdressers travelled the world, worked in fashion – it was real sexy to be a hairdresser. Perhaps not so much a barber; a perception I wanted to change. I wanted to be pioneering that change – to live and breathe its evolution.