Lipstick On A Barber? Lipstick_Barber Does It Right.

To preface this interview, I wanted to say how happy I am to feature @Lipstick_Barber on Her Chair His Hair. She, like the other lady barbers we've featured on here, is the epitome of the standards that should be set amongst our community. A mother, Lady Barber and soon to be business owner of her first barbershop, Elishia was a thrill to chat with. 

Currently located near Los Angeles, California, Elishia works at 909 Clippers Barbershop where she does mens' hair but is also a fabulous woman's hairstylist during her so-called 'down time'. Her personality is bright, just like her lipstick, and effervescent so it is my hope that I'm able to show you all it just through this short interview.

HCHH: What inspired you to do hair?

Lipstick_Barber: I have a Cosmetologist license but I focus on Barbering. I started 10 years ago when I attended Cosmetology School but during that time I worked at Barbershop to get hands on experience in a professional setting. I did high-end women’s hair and color for a while but my best friend opened a shop and offered me a job.  I started helping him, he mentored me and I built a large clientele. It's fun, I enjoy the challenge of men’s cuts versus women’s cuts that I already know how to do.

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

Lipstick_Barber: I'm booked in advance most of the time. It's very rare for me to take walk-in’s, I just have my own clientele.  Usually I take anywhere from 12-15 haircuts per day but a complete service package is about 45 minutes to an hour per client. If I finish early then I will take new clients to keep building my book. 

HCHH: What kind of reaction, if any, do you receive from people when they find out what you do for a living?

Lipstick_Barber: It's usually one of disbelief – 'Oh you’re a barber?' It’s not really common, even in the Barber world it has become more familiar but only recently. A lot [of female barbers] didn’t come out and say they were barbers. One in the area just opened an Instagram account and put her name out there but she’s been a barber forever and nobody really knew.

HCHH:  Has a client ever refused you? If so, based on what? 

Lipstick_Barber: Yeah, when I first started out but then they saw my work and became comfortable with me. That’s not a problem anymore, I guess the longer you stay at a place you build a reputation. I understand where they’re coming from, though, there is a bad reputation for girls cutting men’s hair sometimes. But I’d rather say ‘Here’s my work, let me show you and I’ll prove you wrong.’ I think it definitely builds character. 

HCHH:  I think you fixed that problem quickly. So when you're busy being superhuman, what's your favorite snack? 

Lipstick_Barber: It sounds so plain but I love Almonds. Honestly, I usually don’t even eat a snack. As long as I have water I’m good - I usually have a big jug of water [laughs]. Now with so much going on I definitely give myself an hour to eat. 

HCHH:  And what's your biggest pet peeve? I ask everyone because we all have at least one!

Lipstick_Barber: If I do take a new client, they sometimes will question me. How long have you been cutting hair? Do you know how to cut guys hair? Do you know how to do a fade/taper/etc? I’ll say 'This is my first day cutting, this is my first haircut.' I would scare them on purpose saying 'Oh I don’t know what I’m doing, let me know how it comes out.' Acting like I don’t know what I’m doing, turn them around at the end and then they’re amazed after they see it. It’s so fun because they’re afraid the whole time.

Also checking their hair the whole time. Let me finish the cut and then tell me if I missed something.

HCHH:  It's like a Kanye moment 'Imma let you finish..' Anyway, I'd love to hear about big projects you have coming up.

Lipstick_Barber: I'm currently in the process of opening my own shop. I'm hopeful it will be open by the end of the year. The whole idea is to make a nice concoction of women and mens' haircuts in the same location. 

HCHH:  And what's your favorite tool to use?

Lipstick_Barber: Shear work is my favorite. Clipper cuts are fun but I am more detailed with my shears. It works to my advantage because I like working with a lot of volume and hair. Although I think a healthy mix of the two definitely helps me create a great cut. 

HCHH:   I always love to ask because it is so telling, do you have any goals, hopes, or dreams that pertain to your career as a barber that you’d like to share? {cke_protected_1}

Lipstick_Barber: Right now the new shop is my baby and primary task but my next goal would be to create a franchise business with the shop. Eventually, I'd like to franchise in major cities (next would be downtown LA) but for now get this shop up and running before thinking about the next. 

Is your head spinning yet? Mine was after chatting with this phenomenal business woman. I can't just say 'Lady Barber' which is a huge title within itself because Elishia is a go-getter in every way possible.  If you'd like to book Lipstick_Barber, leave a comment below or find her on Instagram @Lipstick_Barber. Check back in Mondays and Thursdays 11 AM EST for tips and tricks and every other Thursday for a new Lady Barber! We've got a HUGE Lady Barber in our sights for the next round so stay tuned. Thanks again for your support!

Yours,
Cassie

ScissorSalute™: Behind the Scenes

This week was an exciting one for Her Chair His Hair primarily because the whole idea behind the site is meeting new barbers while connecting with them on both a professional and personal level. I was generously invited to sit in on this week's airing of the ScissorSalute™ Show which streams on USTREAM.tv Mondays 7:00-9:00 PM EST. To say this group was welcoming would be an understatement; by the time I left I felt like I knew each of them for a long time despite the crazy taping schedule!

Scissor Salute Show Logo Her Chair His Hair Behind the Scenes

The whole crew that you see on Instagram representing ScissorSalute™ was there with a buzz of energy to put on a fantastic show. Sefiroh (@Sefiroh), the creator of the show, Irene (@Newyorican_queen), co-owner, barbers Eli (@Elidabarber), , Ivan, Chauncey (@Chauncey_thebarber), and new addition Nicole Digilio representing Hair Stylists were hilarious and a great group to work with. This week they had Quisqueya Barbershop of Dover, NJ and I actually knew them from high school - talk about a small world! This Monday was a rare one off and I wanted to accept my invitation to see the show so I had no clue that the guys from Quisqueya would be there. Nestor (@Inked_Barber), David (@thefit_barber), Danny (@Danny_stylez91), Domingo (@Sir_Fade_Alot), were all there to show their best work and to answer questions about their career thus far. I know for a fact this shop stays busy! 

The group giving a Scissor Salute after the show! 

The group giving a Scissor Salute after the show! 

What I loved most about Monday night was the feeling of collaboration. Every single person in that room was there because they love what they do and they wanted to share it beyond their shop. Male barbers, Lady Barbers, it didn't matter - we were all just talking shop and discussing what we love which, to me, is what this site is all about. I can't wait to be invited back and discuss Her Chair His Hair  more but most importantly, meet many new creatives and hang with the Scissor Salute crew. 

Don't forget to follow these fantastic barbers on Instagram, I've listed their handles next to their names throughout this article. Also, don't forget to catch the ScissorSalute™ Show every Monday 7-9 PM EST on Ustream.com! When you download it, the site will give you a heads up for tuning in the show.

Until next time!
Cassie

5 Things To Consider Before A New Cut

 

On Monday,we discussed what you should look for when finding your barber and I hope some of you have already started following those tips. Today, I wanted to chat about trying a new haircut, and my goal is for this to apply to both Barber and Client. 

Trying a new haircut is scary whether you are behind the chair or in it. So many factors go into a new haircut whether it's discovering a cowlick, finding out a certain area of hair looks darker which can totally throw off a fade, or your client going into total shock because he needs to adjust to a huge change. 

Here are a few tips for everyone involved when considering a new haircut:

Thom definitely tried something new!

Thom definitely tried something new!

1) Maintenance

Everyone loves showing up to work with a fresh new haircut that is styled perfectly but the question is not can you but will you get up every morning to style it exactly like your Barber did? Barbers, during your consultation find out what he does every morning to get ready - if he even does anything to his hair. Do you use product? No? Then your Barber shouldn't either unless with your new cut you are overhauling your prep time in the morning before work. 

Also consider the actual maintenance of getting your hair cut more frequently if it is a style that requires it. I've had guys come in who usually get their hair cut every 6 to 8 weeks and want a skin fade but don't want to come in every 3 weeks. 

2) Style

I ALWAYS ask any guy who sits in my chair what he does for a living. No, I swear I'm not scouting for my next husband, I'm trying to figure out if this particular cut is appropriate for his work situation. Sometimes their workplace doesn't care if they buzz half their head and other times this can result in termination. It is the responsibility of both sides to address and assess whether or not this cut will work out. Barbers, don't be afraid to speak up! He may not even realize how trendy but inappropriate it is for his job.

Don't let Boss Man fire your client.

Don't let Boss Man fire your client.

3) Texture

Most of the time a certain haircut looks fantastic on David Beckham but not on a client no matter how much they want it. This, once again, is a responsibility both parties need to be aware of. Guys, you know how your hair sits and styles every day. Barbers, you know exactly how much you can style hair before it's just improbable for daily styling. Another topic to discuss is the possibility of changing your client's hair texture through chemical process. More and more guys are starting to relax or treat their hair so that they can have a particular look without worrying about blow drying and flat ironing three hours every morning. Make sure your Barber is trained to perform these chemical treatments or ask for a referral Remember: word of mouth is a great way to find someone new!

4) Bumps, Bruises, and Scars, oh my!

Whenever I consult with a client, I ask if there is anything else I need to know. If they stay quiet after this question I push a little further and ask about any bumps, moles or scars. Guys, you know the landscape of your head best! Don't surprise us when we have a 1/2 clipper and find a scar from when you fell off Grandma's tree. You also may have many cowlicks and I guarantee you are aware of them, so speak up! It only helps us make you look better and make your morning routine a piece of cake.

Let me know what you think, leave a comment below! Tell us what you do to ensure you give a client a fantastic haircut.

Check back every Thursday at 11:00 AM EST.

Until then!
Cassie


Oh...so that's how it happens.

Oh...so that's how it happens.