Having turned his hand to both barbering and men’s hairdressing, and proven himself worthy at both, Kevin Luchmun is a man with an impressive track record. He took the well-deserved award for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year from the British Hairdressing Awards 2013/2014 and now works for TONI&GUY, styling for them in Covent Garden and educating in their flagship London Academy.
Catching up with Kevin earlier this month, he explained how he first began cutting men’s hair simply as a favour to a friend – from there he grew organically as a stylist, practicing on his mates and discovering a real love for barbering. After moving to London he was able to network with others within the barbering and hairdressing worlds and hone his skills until they were award-worthy. He also discussed the difference between working as a hairdresser or a barber: for Kevin, barbering focusses more on the traditional use of tools like clippers, whereas hairdressing is all about dressing it up – and bringing the two skills together is what makes for really exceptional cuts.
Although he was reluctant to pin himself down to any specific style, he did admit to especially loving anything that sets him a challenge. Cutting hair is very satisfying in its own right; however Kevin confessed that the client’s reaction, the smile and the thank you at the end of a cut, is what really makes it feel worthwhile.
Like many other barbers operating in the UK Kevin was also all too familiar with the problems that can come from trying to use American clippers – the loud noises they can make and the difficulties involved with powering them correctly. This could cause definite problems when it came to trying to satisfy his self-confessed love for working with a great variety of clippers in order to get results that match the styles he’s created in his mind. Working with the frequency60hz converter has solved this problem, giving much more flexibility and versatility!
He’s seen some key differences between the ways in which European barbers and their American counterparts operate – while there’s been a strong emphasis on weight lines in Europe, much of the American style has focussed on the fades. Keeping a set of clippers from both England and the USA means that he isn’t trapped in any style, but can mix and match – allowing each great cut that he dreams up to really come to life.
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