Featured Lady Barber: Brea_DaBarber33

When exploring the options of what to write for Her Chair His Hair, I automatically knew there was one specific topic I wanted to discuss in depth: Lady Barbers. As mentioned in my letter to you, I found that we are a small group but a growing one and we love what we do. What I love even more about this network is that we are supportive and don't criticize harshly unlike other communities. 

About a month ago I put out a call for amazing Lady Barbers to submit their work for an undisclosed project. I knew it would be rough getting people to openly speak with me based on little to no information but I was hoping I'd find some golden nuggets who were willing to go out on a limb for a new blogger. 

Having that said, I'd like to introduce Ms. Brea Retic.

HerChairHisHair Brea Retic Lady Barber

Located in Marietta, Georgia, one of Atlanta metropolitan's largest suburbs, Brea works four days a week as a Lady Barber. Like most people, she had dealt with a struggling economy in 2008 and decided to pursue her passion as a barber when she moved to Georgia. I sat down with Brea to discuss some of her experiences so far as a female barber and while some are funny, others are downright surprising.

HCHH: How many clients do your currently see in a typical day? Are you booked in advance?
Brea: On a daily basis, I typically see 10-15 clients and yes, I prefer they book in advance since my schedule fills up quickly.

HCHH: Has a client ever refused YOU?
Brea: Oh yeah, plenty of times. 

HCHH: So, you're telling me that you're booked solid most days and there are clients who have refused you. Why is that?
Brea: Usually they refuse me because of my gender and blatantly state that they don't feel comfortable with a woman cutting their hair.

Brea Retic HerChairHisHair Lady Barber

HCHH: Unfortunately that seems to happen a lot to female barbers. Let's move on to something exciting though, do you have any fun stories from the shop to tell?
Brea: One fun story is the time that I cut Colin Kaepernick [of the 49ers] and my son had a chance to meet him. When i came to the shop to tell the guys they couldn't believe it! I had to show them the photo plus Kap had posted it on his IG, so they finally believed me.

HCHH: That's fantastic! Are you working on any other projects currently?
Brea:  As of right now i am not doing any upcoming projects just continuing to expand my brand and grind daily. 

HCHH: Any pet peeves? I know we all have one.
Brea: My biggest pet peeve is when clients arrive late but still expect to be seen immediately. Also another pet peeve is bad hygiene!

HCHH: So I want to know what your favorite tool is and favorite snack when you're too busy to eat a real meal.
Brea: When cutting in the shop, my favorite tool would be the Oster Fast Feeds. Favorite snack? Hmm..it would probably be chocolate chip cookies & grapes. Oh and I always have water on hand.

Brea Retic Lady Barber HerChairHisHair

HCHH: Do you have any goals, hopes, or dreams that pertain to your career as a barber that you'd like to share?
Brea: A goal I have for myself is to own my own shop in Atlanta within the next four years. I also want to continue to inspire young woman and men, letting them know you can still be creative, be yourself and do what you love everyday.  Dreams I have are to travel the world blessing others with my gift and just continue to inspire and become one of the best! It's the barber life: the best life i could have ever chosen...well it chose me and it saved my life, for that I am forever grateful. I will never work another day in my life because I love what I do and I am blessed to say that.

HCHH: Anything else you'd like to say?
Brea: I just want people to know that this is industry has no limits and you can be as creative as possible so if you want it - go get it. No limits. Never limit yourself.

**If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Brea, feel free to leave a comment below with your name and e-mail address and she will be in contact.**