February 2015 saw the 8th annual Brighton Tattoo Convention, and this year the Barberlife Expo team were there, giving some of the world’s most prestigious barbers a platform on which to demonstrate their talent. The Barberlife Expo is a fantastic yearly event run by Paul Hewitt – the man behind the brand AONO (Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned), and supported by Brad Cowan of the HBAD shop in Bristol. I was lucky enough to be able to join them, letting people know about the Frequency60Hz converter, and sharing the product with the barbers who were there. I also took the opportunity to have a chat with the terrific L.A. barber Julius Caesar.
He told me that he never really made the initial decision to become a barber, instead it was something that he was pushed into when his Mum bought him clippers and told him start cutting hair for all the men in the family. With his own hair to experiment on and his little brother as a guinea pig he was able to teach himself the skills which set him down the path he’s been on ever since – professional barbering.
Julius Caesar is very modest about his skills, and told me that he doesn’t believe clients come to him because he’s the best, but because he sells a lifestyle brand, not just a haircut. Having seen him in action I can say he’s certainly one of the best barbers around right now, but his customer orientated approach is also very important! He credits both his experience of working in retail while at barbering college and his arts background with giving him a meticulous approach – no client leaves the chair until their hair cut is perfect! His new lifestyle orientated barbershop Grey Matter will have these values at its forefront – check out the site here.
He also told me that he loves barbering because it’s such a positive career, in which he is “uplifting people” – maybe even helping people look smart enough to secure a job or meet their future partner! Julius has had many great successes, including opening up his own shop at the age of only 26, and becoming an educator in order to pass his knowledge on to others across the world. However in his eyes his number one achievement to date has been making his Mum proud of him.
When travelling to Tokyo, Julius was faced with the common problem of finding that his American clippers didn’t work properly with the different power supply. This didn’t just cause problems whilst he was in Japan, but also when he got back home – using the clippers with substandard converters meant that they were now broken for good. In contrast, his experience in the UK was “a breeze”: thanks to the Frequency60Hz converter his clippers were able to operate “as they would back in L.A.” Using American clippers while travelling is an important way for him to maintain his standards wherever he travels – and the same is true for many other American barbers.
You can keep up with Julius Caesar’s work by following on Instagram: https://instagram.com/juliuscaesar/ – an account full of especially stylish pics! You can also find me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/larrythebarberman , or message me at email@example.com to get more info about the great Frequency60Hz converter.
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