Chase Monroe - the Amazing Lady Barber!


Intense and quirky aren’t typically two adjectives that are used to describe the same person but for Lady Barber Chase Monroe, they are only the start. A fire in her belly to be the best and brilliant humor that is quick to roll off her tongue, Chase doesn’t hold back and I love it.


Currently located in California, this Lady Barber works at Apollo’s Barbershop in Valencia while freelancing for corporate accounts such as Go Daddy.  Despite constantly being booked between the shop and her freelance work, she still finds time to run her YouTube channel to further educate viewers on the Barber industry. Luckily, she found some time to sit down with us and chat.

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HCHH: What inspired you to become a Barber?

Chase Monroe: I started in Cosmetology and loved working with women’s hair for shoots, but not in a salon. It was great money but super judgmental, if I couldn’t pick something up they’d just be frustrated and I felt something was totally missing.

 

HCHH: Approximately, how many clients do you currently see in a typical day?

Chase Monroe: Like most shops, it depends on the day. Fridays and Saturdays I’m slammed – almost no availability but I’d rather have quality over quantity.

 

HCHH: Has a client ever refused you?

Chase Monroe: Yeah for sure! The receptionist just asks clients if they want ‘the girl’ which is totally unhelpful when trying to build repeat customers. I tend to have more younger children and older men thrown my way. One time I had a Yelp review from ‘John’ saying it was the worst cut, all uneven and he wouldn’t suggest seeing me, ‘the girl’. I tried to follow up and ask questions, even offer a free cut, but he never responded. That sucked because there was nothing I could do about it.

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HCHH: Do you feel being a female barber puts you at a disadvantage sometimes?

Chase Monroe: I feel like I always have to be on point because there is something to prove when gender should really have nothing to do with it. A client said to another Barber in my shop “Girls can’t fade…I need a GUY.”


HCHH: Well that’s just rude. So you mentioned that the other Barbers are like your family, like brothers. Does this work to your advantage at all?

Chase Monroe: Like most families, there’s a certain dynamic and you can’t mess with it without getting called out. Us Lady Barbers intimidate them, they’re not used to girls like us. You have to blend in and be one of the guys.  I’m naturally curvy but more reserved, I don’t lean over and rub against the clients like the guys think we do – I want respect.


HCHH: Let’s switch it up! Any projects coming up or that you’re currently working on?

Chase Monroe: Nothing new coming up but I’m just continuing to work on my YouTube channel, I want to brand myself as a Lady Barber and travel to Chicago, Seattle, Miami, even some sleepy town in the Midwest! Maybe have Netflix pick it up eventually because I’d love to discuss the Barber culture and meet great people.

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HCHH: Like I asked Brea, name your favorite tool and favorite snack! They’re important to us Lady Barbers.

Chase Monroe: [laughs] My favorite tool is the feather razor, it’s great for the neck that everyone at the shop uses. I like detailing with the razor around the beard, neck, hairline, forehead, you know – us girls notice these details. Favorite snack? Hmm... Redbull Silver and probably doughnuts – the tiny, wrapped ones that are chocolate or powdered. I NEVER finish them but that’s my thing. Next door, it comes to $4.44, I don’t know why, but I like that.

 

HCHH: What bothers you the most? On set, in the shop, anywhere that you’re cutting hair.

Chase Monroe: Wow…hmm…I’d say I have two. One is related to music; we listen to a lot of classic Italian music in the shop. I mean, I’m Italian, it’s interesting but we work in a Barbershop. My second would be that there is no loyalty anymore in barbershops.

 

HCHH: Anything else? I love chatting with you, I don’t want it to end!

Chase Monroe: There’s other Lady Barbers out there and I’d like to get to know them too. On my wall there’s photos I purchased from Ebay of Lady Barbers, I want these guys to know that, yeah, this is a boy’s club but I’m honoring the past. We’re continually a part of a time honored career and I love it.

 

Thanks so much to Chase for chatting with us! If you want to check out her work on Instagram, her username is @LadyBarberMonroe. Tune in every other Thursday for your Lady Barbers at 11:00 AM EST!

Until then,

C

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.**