From Hackney to Harrods
I realised I had a fascination in 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. 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. By this time, I was starting to win awards, but I still didn’t feel like I was fulfilling my potential.
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. You may wonder what that looks like? Well, I’ll show you…
My career has allowed me to creatively direct fashion weeks in Moscow, NewYork, and London including one of the largest menswear shows ever with a world record-breaking 105 models for the fashion designer Ozwald Boateng OBE. My collections have been displayed in the presence of heads of state at the African Union Summit, Ghana and the majestic Royal Albert Hall. My work has allowed me to go on tour with a host of celebrities including Usher, Rhianna, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Fat Joe and JAY-Z in Africa.
Working in India, at the Indian School of Hairdressing, in Mumbai. I shaped the new barbering programme in conjunction with The BritishBarbers Association, where my responsibilities include working as the Creative Director of the Association. With this prestigious association, I’ve toured North America and Canada, teaching in Vancouver, Toronto, NewYork and Miami, spreading the gospel of great British barbering whistraising the standards globally. I have traveled the world sharing passion. You CAN do the same.
Here are a few of my achievements. I'm sure I can help you achieve this and more:
· Creative Director at The Refinery in Mayfair and the Harrods Barbershop in Central London
· Director of the British Barbers' Association
· Winner of Hair Awards ‘Men’s Hairdresser of the Year’
· Winner of Most Wanted Magazine ‘Male Grooming Specialist Award’
· Master Craftsman Award which I received at the House of Commons
· Finalist in the Men’s category of ‘The British Hairdressing Awards’
· Three times winner of ‘Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year’
· Granted exclusive entry to the ‘Barbering Hall Of Fame’
· Winner of PHAB (Performance in Hair and Beauty) Standard Award
· Elected as Barbering Ambassador for the Hairdressing Council
· Media commentator with appearances on programmes such as “Daybreak”, the “Alan Titchmarsh Show”, C4’s “Sunday Brunch” QVC and MTV’s “Beauty School Cop Outs”