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.
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.
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.
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.**