Andrew Does Hair

Andrew does a lot more than just hair, he does bloody great hair. Mens hair but he's not a barber. He's a hairdresser. 

His motto is 'Good hair doesn't come from a jar' which is funny considering he has his own very successful Product ADH Dry, but his styling tips will teach how to create good hair, ADH dry is just the finishing touch. When every one is obsessed with greased up, wet looking, pomade finishes, Andrew is doing the opposite. Not to purposefully be different but to keep to his own taste and not follow the crowd. (how many people post the same haircut everyday). 

When i reached out to people in America, Andrew was the most receptive. If you've read my previous blogs you'll see he organized a private seminar on my behalf with various amazing barbers which was a career highlight of mine. He took me on a tour of the place that produces ADH dry, we shared our experiences and ideas for the future. Sounds soppy but i know i've made a friend for life. 

We're from completely different backgrounds in life and we have  completely different taste outside of the hair world. But we have the same passion to do something in this industry, to share work to share knowledge to be open minded to embrace new skills, ideas and tastes from everyone from anywhere. 

The thing that i respect about Andrew the most is that all his success is because of him. He doesn't work for a big company he doesn't have his own shop. He works out of a very cool boutique salon outside of Los Angeles- he's fully booked for more than six weeks!!! But he's pretty much self taught. Thats impressive but he doesn't think like a regular person. The guys builds guitars and motorbikes in his spare time. So theres kind of a rawness to his work which i think is cool, his technical ability is from his mind not a cutting manual........UNIQUE! 

His instagram @andrewdoeshair is a great tool to use as a references of haircuts for guys, as its tasteful hair cut very well but styled amazingly. Not predictably. When your not afraid to not follow the rules then you learn more and you stand out even more. Andrew does this. 

By the way he's not paid me to blog this, i'm just writing when something is interesting to me. He is to me. He gave me advice that has changed how i feel about my own work and where i want to take it. Which is personal to me, but i know in his classes he teaches not only cutting techniques but also marketing and sales techniques.  If you get a chance take a course with him then why not......................your only gonna learn something. 

Remember "Good Hair doesn't come from a jar"





Anthony's Barbershop

I wasn't aware of instagram until my girlfriend (@hollyrose8191) showed me it when we first started dating in august 2012. So i signed up. I didn't know at the time the benefits it would have on a professional level, it was just for the social thing of sharing a bit of my life with friends. 

Little did i realise that there's a massive community of barbers and hairdressers on here all sharing work all day every day from all over the globe. Never has it been easier to research, get inspired or in some cases just copy. I love following trends from different countries and believe we can all benefit and learn from each other, i see far too much negative remarks on peoples work and i'm not a fan of this. Being open minded as a barber/hairstylist is such a vital component to grow and evolve our skills set. Never say never. 

If you don't know  @Anthonythebarber916 then you ain't on instagram!!!!!! 

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One of the first barbers i started to follow Anthony is at the centre of this little barbering community, with over 100k followers this guy is known by most. Not only does he have great skills he also shares the skills of other barbers to his following, every thursday giving a shout out to a fellow barber which is a great and unselfish way to share other peoples talent and give them more recognition. 

So visiting Anthony's shop was high on my list of barbers to visit in the US, the shops in Sacramento! and to be honest it was the only reason i made a stop there. The shops located in a more surburban area but as soon as i see the graffitied logo on the side i get that excited feeling i get when i know i'm gonna be seeing something/someone special. 

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The shop was busy and in full swing (tuesday morning) put your name down on the board then take a seat, the Premier league is on live, (Anthony's a Man Utd fan!!!!) the waiting time is around and hour. 

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The place has a chilled vibe with some other real talented barbers in the team, their all super friendly and welcoming to me everyone gets involved in the chat. 

It's more new school than old which i like, it's not trying to hard to be cool.  Anthony started the shop on his own as the only barber and has built it up to around eighty to hundred clients a day between five of them now! That's impressive. The shop is a massive success because its quality work, from passionate barbers that love the trade and love being part Anthony's team. And it has a leader thats on the frontline day in day out. To many business owners/managers  just sit in the office counting the money. Lead by example, cut hair be the host and great barbers/stylist will be created.

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@anthonythebarber916 is the man but also check out his crew 

@alexthebarber138 @shawndanger @skillsthebarber @jason-theartist #instagram #barbers 

 

 

 

Portland -The Modern Man

So we've been away for about three weeks and i'm yet to write my first post suppose i've been a bit busy eating drinking and exploring with my beautiful girlfriend. 

I've been poking my head inside various shops along the way but not much has caught my eye, didn't want to spend my whole trip on the search. 

We've been traveling down the west coast from Vancouver to San Francisco, and one of my favorite stops has been Portland. This is where i came across the ModernMan 

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Portland Oregan is such an amazing city that has the feel of a small town. Its pace is slow but style is unique.  Everything thing there is well thought out, so many restaurants microbrewery's and food carts. Where ever you go the produce is sourced locally. The place is open minded and everything is made with with pride. 

'KEEP PORTLAND WIERD' is the slogan and trust me it is. This is what makes it so interesting any thing goes in style here, whether your a hippie hipster or a stripper it don't matter. 

I asked for local knowledge on where to get a haircut and this led me to 'The Modern Man' with three locations around town i went to the one on Mississippi the coolest street full of bars and restaurants. 

When you walk in it looks like you've walked into an old train station. The waiting area is incredible. 

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The barbers were all super friendly and very proud to work there, they told me there gonna be opening a bar downstairs sometime soon, which sounds fun but dangerous. The location and design are on point, you can tell no expense has been spared. If you make a visit to the Pacific Northwest be sure to visit them. The price is reasonable and service is spot on. 

www.themodernmanpdx.com 

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Other place we loved here where 

Sizzle pie for Pizza, Lardos for sandwichs, powell's bookshop (its so massive), Voodoo donuts. The japanese Gardens in washington park  

 

 


 

My visit to Schorem (Scumbag Central)

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Sitting inside Schorem i feel like i belong to something special, I arrived to hours before opening and was 9th in the cue, the shop opens at 11am the guy at the front got here at 8.15!!!! There's a buzz about this place i've never experienced before. 

You feel like you've stepped back in time when you walk in this place and all antiques and random stuff with old school barber chairs.  

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There's not enough room for all the patrons to sit down, but this doesn't seem to bother anyone, just stand up sip your coffee, beer or if your lucky whiskey and watch these master barbers in action. 

They don't rush their work every cut is executed with a combination of technical perfection and craftsmanship, they love what they do take pride in every aspect of the cut and shave. I could sit here and watch these guys work for hours. 

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The shop is the real deal. I feel lucky to be just sitting here observing and soaking up the atmosphere. This is a barbering mecca, that's why guys are happy to wait five hours. 

They don't do boring work if your not having a signature cut then you can go home, Don't take your girlfriend it's strictly no woman inside this place. 

The barbers are the perfect mix of gentleman and scumbag, straight outta prison or plucked of the streets and out of bars, trained up the schorem way impeccable manners, With one hand behind the back when applying shaving foam (class) but cut throat in hand, you wouldn't wanna fuck with them.

With attention to detail in every aspect of the shop, they didn't plan to be this big, they just wanted somewhere to do the work they love. Thats the key to the success they don't pretend to be anything thier not. They don't follow fashion but they love style. The signature haircuts have been research a lot and are timeless classics that all look cool as fuck.

I had the honour of having Bertus cut my hair, we had such a great chin wag about barbering techniques and ideas and all kinds of things,he gave me some great tips and advice. It was such an amazing experience all round. He's an icon a gentleman but mostly a true Scumbag!  

 

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