JOEL WAITE- Feb 2020

A round of applause is needed here as we present Joel Waite, a barber boss in the making. Joel has a real passion for this industry and cannot wait to see where his future takes him. Joel works at OD’s barbershop in Dudley and is loving every minute!

When did you realise you wanted to become a barber?

I noticed my passion for hair when I was coming towards the latter end of high school. I started to care a lot more about my appearance. Going to the barbers became a regular occurrence for me, and I was beginning to get very focused on what the barber was doing and realising that this is something I’d love to have the skills to do.

What do you enjoy about your job? 

What I appreciate most about my job is the pleasure you get when a customer walks out the shop buzzing with his new trim knowing that this has come from something you created. It’s a gratifying job. Also, spending all day with some of my closest friends and having such good vibes with my clients makes it so enjoyable.

Which three tips would you offer to someone interested in barbering? 

1) You need to have a real passion for this industry because if you don’t have the enthusiasm for barbering, you’re never going to be continually trying your best to better yourself to get you to the next level. You only get out the job what you put in so if you don’t spend your time trying to be the best, you won’t.

2) Cut as many clients’ hair as you can. This helped me and is a key to learning. The more hair you cut, the more you’re going to improve.

3) Focus on what every single other barber is doing, because there is so much you can learn from just merely watching the ways that other people cut hair and taking techniques from them in which you can implement into your style of cutting.

Do you have any future plans you can share?

To work with OD at the shop as much as I can until the time is right for me to expand the business and get a shop in which I’m manager. I’d also like a chance to eventually educate other barbers with workshops and courses worldwide so other barbers can use me as someone they can look to try help improve themselves. I want to give back to the industry to see other people succeed.

What has been your favourite moment so far?

My favourite moment of my career so far is being given a chance to go and cut hair at the tremendous British Barber Bash in Liverpool. I had the opportunity to show what I can do in front of many talented barbers. I am happy to say I’ve been invited back to participate again!

What made you take the plunge and pursue your career?

I think what made me take the jump into barbering is knowing that I understand how much people care about their appearance. I tried studying A levels and it just wasn’t for me. From the very first day inside a barbershop, I knew this was something I’d love to pursue and spend my career doing.


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