Interview with Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman is an award winning barber, author, public speaker, global ambassador and international educator - Starting his career with Toni & Guy in 2002 learning the discipline of structure, sectioning patterns, guides and scissor over comb. Tom taught himself barbering because of his love for men’s hair and alternative styles which required clipper work, spending many hours of trial and error on his friends.
Tom opened Tom Chapman Hair Design in Torquay,UK in 2011 and began educating 2 years later. Since then he has educated all over the UK, USA, Asia, Canada, Brazil as well as being on stage across Europe. While working with many top product brands to help test and develop the latest products before they hit the market, as well as developing ‘how to’ videos and images. Tom is a multi published session stylist and platform artist and has even had his work grace the front cover of industry magazines, including HJ Men and Pro Hair.
Recently Tom developed his own training curriculum, complete with 11 mens hair and beard step by steps that enable easy and consistent deliverance and learning.
In September 2015 Tom founded The Lions Barber Collective, which started as a group of international barbers raising awareness for suicide prevention. It has developed to become much more and now campaigns for the awareness of mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, believing that the barbershop is a great, safe place for men to talk. Tom was invited to deliver a TED Talk, which took place in April 2018 at TEDx Exeter (4th most viewed TEDx community in the world). Tom has featured on BBC TV and Radio (which includes a full week of BBC Radios Pause for Thought), Channel 4, FOX News (USA) and multiple appearances in national and international press including GQ, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Huffington Post and The Daily Express. The Lions Barber Collective are also developing BarberTalk, a form of online suicide intervention and mental health awareness training designed for barbers.
Tom has received a Points of Light award for his outstanding volunteer work from the UK Prime Minister Theresa May as well as reaching the 2017 Creative Head’s Most Wanted Finals and winning the Modern Barber Award for innovation 2018 along with a recognition from the Pride of Britain awards.
Tom self published his first book The Barber Boom in 2018, with interviews from top barbers around the globe, exploring the reasoning behind the huge growth in mens grooming. He received a publishing deal in 2018 for his second book, BarberTalk - Taking Pride in Mens Mental Health which will be available in 2019.