Could you introduce yourself please?
My full name is James Stephen Biggs, I’m 21 and from London.
How long Have you been a Barber?
I have been training alongside the Nomad Barber LDN team for 6 months.
Have you always been a Barber? If not, what other life experiences have you got?
Growing up, I wasn't too sure what to do, and come Year 11 in secondary school, it could be quite daunting at times, not knowing what career path I should follow.
What made you get into Barbering?
I remember being in Year 10/11 and having a talk with my Dad about not knowing what I really wanted to do once I finished up at school, and he suggested Barbering. He said “People will always need a haircut, and you’ll never be out of work son, get a trade behind you”, or something along those lines! So, I guess i just followed up that idea, I don't really like being tied down and barbering is something you can do anywhere in the world, all you need is a pair of scissors and a comb.
What is your favourite cut to do?
My favourite cuts are mid-length haircuts, they are versatile and always give you something to work with.
Most enjoyable aspect of your job?
The most enjoyable aspect of my job (Or should I say aspects??) is the social aspect of it and seeing customers walk out happy with their haircut.
Would you recommend this career choice, and if so, do you have any advice for aspiring Barbers?
Yes, I’d definitely recommend giving Barbering a go if you are a practical person, like to challenge yourself, but also think about others. My advice to aspiring barbers like myself would be to make sure you're doing it for the right reasons and get a solid foundation in terms of your training; the basics are everything and there is no need to over complicate anything.
Out of all the fads and trends that come and go, what is your personal favourite and why?
I suppose a crop is one of my personal favourites, as it can be heavy with plenty of texture throughout the top, or short and choppy for less effort when styling.
Social media allows us access to images and stories from all over the world, within the barbering world, who do you consider to be the most interesting, memorable, and why?
I love seeing Barbering from all around the world, and the techniques others use. Miguel aka The Nomad Barber, has made a huge mark on the industry on helping us see some weird and wonderful stories in Barbering from around the world, and some ancient and modern barbering techniques in cutting hair and shaving. Also, you've got Alan & Reece Beak and their team at Ruger Barber. There’s actually an Instagram account I follow called @Short_back_and_sidewalks, they are using their skills in a great way.
Where has been your favourite place to visit? And, where would you love to go in the future?
I haven't really had the chance to explore the world yet, but I am planning on doing a bit of travelling in the near future.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Hopefully knocking out good haircuts and inspiring others.
If you could cut anyones hair, alive or dead, who would it be?
I suppose Cillian Murphy is out there at the moment, inspiring a variety of haircuts being in Peaky Blinders.