Free Cuts for the Homeless in New York

The whole premise of Her Chair His Hair is to create a platform for Lady Barbers but when a certain gent comes around we are more than happy to feature him. I've been quietly following Mark Bustos (@MarkBustos) since before the news picked up on his Sunday haircuts so it makes me so happy to see him finally getting the recognition he deserves. 

Giving free haircuts since 2012, Mark inspired me to do the same and I'm sure so many others. It is so wonderful to see someone quietly utilizing their gift to better the world and he does it without any big spectacular introduction. Mark approaches each man and says 'I want to do something nice for you.' If they're interested he will gladly give them a trim or a cut, essentially boosting their self-worth and reminding us that a small but effective gift can really turn around a person's day. 

I think it's safe to say that his Karma is set for quite a while. Well done, Mark, the whole Barber community is happy to have you represent us in such a positive and giving light.

Check back on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 AM EST for our next featured Lady Barber and more feel-good stories or helpful information. We look forward to your feedback as always and please join us in supporting the Barber community whether it's by watching the ScissorSalute™ Show on Mondays at 7:00 PM EST or downloading the new Lady Barbers United application for Iphone and Android.

Until Next Time,
C

Additions: Make More Money Part 2!

On Saturday I posted an image to Instagram asking what Barbers do to enhance their clients' experiences at the shop. I've received a huge response via Instagram and e-mails so it prompted the idea of sharing some of them on here. 

The scene of the crime.

The scene of the crime.

So who does what? Let's see who responded below!

I put perfume on my wrists [...] instead of spraying alcohol all over their face I spray it on a napkin.
— @Sea_TheBarber
@Sea_thebarber's work on Instagram

@Sea_thebarber's work on Instagram

I wipe them off with a warm towel after I dust them and rub the alcohol on with my hands. [...] Oh, and my regulars get a hug goodbye
— @inotsasha
Look at that smile! You know @inotsasha is doing something right! 

Look at that smile! You know @inotsasha is doing something right! 

Oh and I think both ladies have a new client...

I want a haircut from all three of you!!! @herchairhishair @sea_thebarber @inotsasha I want a scalp massage, perfume on the wrists, alcohol on a napkin, a warm towel and a hug!
— @chauncey_thebarber

What do you do to make your clients experience that much better? Sound off below or join the conversation on Instagram @HerChairHisHair or by tagging us #HerChairHisHair. See you there!
 

San Francisco Barbers: Esquire Network Sip & Shave

One of the things I have set up is Google Alerts. While it helps me keep on top of new products coming out it also helps me find out about awesome events like Esquire Network's Sip and Shave.

It will be held at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, taking place from August 8-10, 2014. The 'Sip & Shave' will offer festival attendees complimentary shave sessions, specialty cocktails and exclusive access to meet Esquire Network's Jay Larson and Sean Patton from BEST BARS IN AMERICA, and chefs Naomi Pomeroy and Kris Morningstar from KNIFE FIGHT.

"Embodying the genres Esquire Network's programming celebrates, Outside Lands is the perfect balance of music, cocktails and cuisine," said Deena Stern, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Digital for Esquire Network. "Our audience enjoys spending time and sharing experiences with friends. This intimate activation provides the perfect opportunity to sample the Esquire Network brand while connecting with our young, curious and sophisticated audience."

My goal is to always make more connections as a Barber because that's when you set yourself up for future success. I wish I could be there for this event and I urge each of you to go and network (bring business cards, comp cards, anything to promote your work).  Like I mentioned in my previous post How To Make More Money, one of the biggest things you can do is improve your social skills as a Barber. Yes, these people will be shaved by other Barbers but why not approach them and ask what they liked about it? Or if they're looking for a new Barber? Can't hurt to ask a question. Or better yet, ask these Barbers how they were contacted to work this event for Esquire Network, that can't hurt either!

Have fun for me and check back Thursday 11 AM EST. See you then!

Warmest wishes,

Cassie

Sasha: She's Sensationally Talented

Last week I had the pleasure of introducing Chase Monroe, a fierce lady barber hailing from California. Today, I am so thrilled to publish my interview with Sasha (@inotsasha), an amazing Lady Barber from Jacksonville, FL. Unlike most barbers who start at a younger age, Sasha decided to pursue her career only four years ago at 27 while working in a totally different career at a domestic violence shelter. Despite her late start, she is already a shining star at Perfections Barbershop with a wonderful story to tell.

Sasha INOTSASHA Lady Barber HerChairHisHair

HCHH: What inspired you to become a Barber?

Sasha: Admiration…when I was younger it was during the high top craze: late 80’s early 90’s. I started drawing the hair cuts and all of the designs that I could remember. I admire cosmetology but I love barbering and seeing men that are well groomed.

HCHH: So how many men do you groom daily at the shop?

Sasha: It really depends on each day. It could be anywhere from five cuts to 20! Most of my regulars know I have a split schedule so usually Fridays I'm working until 9:00 PM or so. Luckily, my other job at the shelter is really understanding and gives me the opportunity to have a flexible schedule.

HCHH: When people find out you're a barber and not a stylist how do they react? 

Sasha:  I mostly get a lot of what I call the ‘yeah right’ face because I’m a woman. I like challenges, I always have especially when somebody tells me what I can’t do and I’ll do everything in my power to prove [them] wrong. I broke up with two different guys over being a barber – second one because he didn’t like seeing me being 'around those guys.' 

 

HCHH: I can't believe you had to end two relationships because they couldn't wrap their head around you being a Barber. Well if your exes couldn't handle it, could your clients?

Sasha: I had a client who seemed hesitant and I told him if I mess up and [he's] unhappy, it’s on me. My co-workers backed me up saying he was in good hands and I didn’t let him see the cut until I was done. [laughs] When he finally saw it, he smiled so I was happy. Oh! Once I heard a client comment like ‘Oh there’s a girl cutting hair here.’ And the barber across from me said ‘Yeah she cuts nice.’ His client who never seems happy said ‘No girl is ever cutting my hair.’ I’m in the South so there’s still a chauvinistic feel along the lines of 'women belong in the kitchen.'

Inotsasha Sasha Lady Barber Herchairhishair

HCHH: It seems like to me the guys have your back, do you think so? 

Sasha: I work with a cool group of guys but I had to earn their respect. They saw me do something simple and weren’t impressed of course, but I’m glad I earned it after all of the hard work. It solidifies my spot in the shop and now they will recommend me if they're busy. I’m thankful for that.

HCHH: Biggest pet peeve....name it!

Sasha: Biggest pet peeve, gosh… My biggest one in the shop is slouching when it’s your time to get your haircut. I can’t stand it. Thankfully I only have two clients [I know personally] who do it so I feel comfortable letting them know. Also the movers and shakers – they don’t sit still during the haircut and I'm trying not to cut their ear. I tell them I’ll shave their eyebrows off! [laughs]

HCHH: I think we should make a PSA letting people know to sit still or they may not have an eyebrow. So clearly...you like clippers to buzz off brows...is that your favorite tool?

Sasha: I do like my pair of Wahl clippers, they’re a bit nostalgic I think. They were the first pair of clippers from Walgreens I had when I used to only cut my nephew's hair. But my favorite tool is the straight razor – I do a lot of shaves and I love doing head shave. The blades are usually Derby.. I’m a derby girl for sure.

inotsasha Sasha Lady Barber Herchairhishair

HCHH: You know I have to ask...favorite snack! 

Sasha: I was waiting for this one. Definitely Smart Food White Cheddar Popcorn and a bottle of Perrier and I’m a happy camper. I come in the door in the morning with it two bags and bottles just in case it gets busy. Brea made me want cookies and Chase made me want red bull haha. 

HCHH: Now  I want cookies and popcorn...I'm blaming you ladies for my newfound diet! But while I eat some popcorn, tell me about any goals or dreams you may have in your Lady Barber career.

Sasha: As far as goals go, I would love by the end of the year to double my social media following as well as clientele. Like I said I love a challenge and most clients find me through social media. That’s the era we live in now, in my opinion. Speaking long term I’d like my own shop, I definitely want my own place where gentlemen can come and relax relieve their stress. Whether it's talk & discuss things like sports, news or just recover from their week. I don’t know where I’d want to open it we’ll see.

HCHH: Very nice, let me know when you start planning, I'd love to see what you have in mind for the shop. Anything else you'd like to add?

Sasha INotsasha HerChairhishair Lady Barber

Sasha: I would like to say a big, big, big thank you to my sister Tonya and nephew Nate who have been my biggest supporters. If I said I wanted to sell shoe laces they would say 'ok what kind of laces?'. She let me hack away at her kid’s hair for years. They are definitely Team Sasha, they encourage and push me to move forward. They’re the two people who have my back even when I doubt myself and my work and I feel that a public 'thank you' is deserved. 

I will back up Sasha and say thank you to Tonya and Nate as well, you have clearly helped her cultivate her career and I think it's awesome! To schedule an appointment with Sasha, comment below or find her on Instagram at @INOTSASHA. Have a lady barber you think we should interview? Let us know! And check back every other Thursday at 11:00 AM EST for your favorite lady barbers!

Until next time,

Cassie

It's A Party!

Although this post has absolutely nothing to do with hair, beards, barbershop banter or successful lady barbers it does have to do with YOU. 

A big thank you to everyone who has made this blog a fun place but also a safe one. Here we can discuss anything that we feel will help our clients, help us become better barbers and also bring light to a growing industry that is constantly evolving. Without every single person who visits this site daily we would be nothing and are amazed at the support thus far! 

Please keep spreading the word and checking back Mondays and Thursdays 11 AM EST for tips and tricks, behind the scenes and MORE lady barbers like Brea and Chase Monroe.

Don't forget to sign up on our homepage for our newsletter that keeps you in the loop. As always, feel free to leave comments below with any feedback or ideas. We're here for you, our barbers, and we can't wait for what's in store these next months to come!

Always,

Cassie

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