Could you introduce yourself please?
I’m Ryan, aged 25 and I'm from South London.
How long Have you been a Barber?
I've been a Barber for 5 years
Have you always been a Barber? If not, what other life experiences have you got?
I worked a lot of retail jobs after I came out of school, but never really found anything that I wanted to do. I went to college and studied carpentry, and did that for about 3/4 years, before I made the decision to learn Barbering. I also play football, and do a lot of cycling.
What made you get into Barbering?
My mum used to be a hairdresser, so she initially had the idea that I get into hair, but I wasn't really keen on the idea. She finally convinced me to go for it, so I started looking for apprenticeship jobs. I started at a salon in Soho (billy&bo) where I learnt a lot from the guys that work there, but found that women’s hairdressing wasn't really for me, but I had a huge interest in mens hair.
What is your favourite cut to do?
Tapered scissor cuts are probably my favourite to do, there’s plenty of ways to wear them and they always grow out really well.
Most enjoyable aspect of your job?
I enjoy the wide variety of clients that come through the shop, everyone has a different story to tell but you can always find a common interest with someone. I also love the fact that you learn something new everyday, just by watching the guys you work with or finding new techniques and tricks.
Would you recommend this career choice, and if so, do you have any advice for aspiring Barbers?
I would really recommend it. It’s physically and mentally tough, but once you put the work in you get a lot back out of it.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I would eventually like to own my own shop, and travel around a bit cutting hair, but for now I'm really happy where I am.
If you could cut anyones hair, alive or dead, who would it be?
I think either Stephen Fry or Louis Theroux.