From Hackney to Harrods
These are the questions I had flying around in my head when I started in this industry 25 years ago. I was young and passionate but I was frustrated. I worked really hard to find answers to these questions and now I want to share all of my expertise with my industry to help them overcome similar frustrations.
Maybe you're not as successful at this point in your career as you'd like to be. You're thinking there must be another way of making extra money that is not attached to cutting hair behind the chair, but you don't know what it is? Do you find yourself saying:
"I want to travel the world and be seen as an expert within the industry.
I want to know how to become an iconic stylist.
I want to earn more money that is not attached to me working hours and hours behind the chair
I want to set up and run my own successful academy.
THE 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 year 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. You may wonder what that looks like? Well, I’ll show you…
My career has allowed me to creatively direct fashion weeks in Moscow, New York, 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, Rihanna, 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”