What’s your role? I’m a barber. I was doing colour for a bit but the male clientele got so large that it got to be next to impossible to get any female colours booked in. I also promoted myself as a barber more than I did a stylist so word got around fast.
How long have you worked at Chatters Masonville? I’ve been here just over a year
How did you get into hairstyling? Hair was never on my radar, I just kind of fell into it when I was in that worm hole on YouTube. Came across a barbering video and just thought to myself “that’d be a wicked career!”. Shortly after that I went to marvel, looked around and enrolled myself.
How did you intersect with Chatters? A lot of people in school got hired from Chatters. After a year of working at another salon I decide d to make the move over to Chatters. It was the right decision for me.
Tell us a couple of your favourite products? Prairie boys supply Co. and Reuzel are the ones I rely heavily on.
Every day hair routine? It’s changed up a lot recently since I’ve grown my hair out. I switch up and try new things a lot but right now I’m a fan of the slick back pompadour styled with the Prairie Boys Supply Co classic pomade.
Do you have a celebrity client you would like to style? Too many to name, is have to go with Steve Carol or maybe even Post Malone. They both seem like really great people to chill with and talk to, I’d have a lot of questions.
Number one hair tip? Probably section equals direction. Cut the hair in the direction you want it to fall. Keeping in mind clean sectioning everything has to line up. Every hair has a particular place it should be in…and also wants to go
Where do you get your hair inspiration from? So many places. Like everyone that works at Glass Box in Toronto. I think they are phenomenal because they’re on trend for men’s cuts, but also doing a few things differently for neckline shapes Matty Conrad, Schorem, Famos and Shane Nesbit. He does really good greaser cuts really slicked back and everything about it is perfectly symmetrical.
Tell us about mentorship and how important it is in the salon?
It’s super important! We have room for improvement and I believe everyone in the salon has something to teach you, feed off each other and push each other to do better.
How important is it to enjoy the people you work with? At some salons it’s not always the most pleasant to work. It really is the people that make a place and make it easier to do your job. When you have this in your life it doesn’t feel like work when you come into the salon. It feels like hanging out. Having a good fit is super important.
What trends are you seeing right now? A lot of the executive contours and classic pompadours. People are keeping a lot of length on top and connecting it all together, as opposed to undercut which is hard to keep in position all day long. By connecting it to the sides you have the all day hold and don’t have to worry about fooling with it all day.
What’s your request clientele situation? I have a request rate just under 70%. A lot of it has to do with the area. It’s a high traffic area but I find selling myself on Instagram is a killer way to build your clientele.
Tips on life in the salon and impressing your guests? I believe it’s super important to keep a clean station. After every guest I reset my station so everything is lined up and cleaned off. It’s a great way to present yourself. It doesn’t matter if I am running behind, I will take two minutes to clean off my chair. My client doesn’t mind. Also I greet everyone with a handshake and a look in the eyes.
What does creativity mean to you? Creativity to me is self expression. Creatively separating yourself from the crowd, doing things differently so people can recognize your work.
What’s your favorite app? Instagram because it’s a great way to advertise your work and interact with people. I’m on it all the time- updating and getting inspiration for my next guests.
Tell us about your signature black and white photos? Nothing to crazy to share about them to be honest, I want to in the photography program at Fanshawe college for a year before I dropped out and that’s where I fell in love with the black and white work. It’s always looked so clean and professional not to mention when you throw a B&W filter over a colour photo you really start to see the imperfections and it can also really accentuate a look.