You don’t have to be a salon owner! Yep, that’s right because I’m joined today by previous guest of the HTCI Podcast, Tom Chapman, The Lions Barber Collective founder and the now award winning barber, author, public speaker, global ambassador and international educator who has come away from being a salon owner since we last spoke back in Episode 20. With new doors of opportunity opening themselves to Tom, he is social proof that if you don’t strive to being a salon owner then there are many other exciting options out there in the hair industry.

When he isn’t  educating as a platform artist around the globe for top hair brands, he is regularly being featured in international TV and press appearances on raising the awareness of suicide prevention and mental health within young men through The Lions Barber Collective. On the back of this fantastic work that he is doing, Tom was invited to deliver a TED Talk. And most recently Tom became the author of his first published book The Barber Boom, with his second book BarberTalk becoming available in 2019.

But please take note to the above! If you think a few posts on social media will make all of this happen, then think again! It has taken Tom bags of time, dedication, passion, ambition, hard work, and most of all, being prepared to make big life changes to making all this happen. If this sounds like something that you’re prepared to do, then take note of what Tom is about to share. It may just set you off on a new career pathway that you never knew existed when you first started out in the hair industry.

Now, before we tune in to Tom’s brilliant conversation, I’ve to say that you must stick around to the very end of this episode today, because I’ll be telling you how you can win one of 2 signed copies of The Barber Boom book. So listen in, the answer is in the interview! Enjoy!


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Special thanks to Tom Chapman for joining me today.

Until next time, Peace, Love and Smiles all the way… Goodbye!

Today’s Guest

Tom Chapman is an award winning barber, author, public speaker, global ambassador and international educator – Started career with Toni & Guy 16 years ago learning the discipline of structure, sectioning patterns, guides and scissor over comb. Tom taught himself barbering because of the love for mens hair and alternative styles which required clipper work spending many hours of trial and error on his friends.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in today’s episode

  • 00 min 30 sec: Dom’s show intro
  • 03 min 51 sec: Tom brings us up to date on whats been going on for him
  • 08 min 17 sec: Coming away from the salon
  • 09 min 15 sec: Moving and working in Norway
  • 11 min 36 sec: Creating a curriculum
  • 13 min 43 sec: Getting a front cover look
  • 14 min 40 sec: How Tom is equipped for both mens hairdressing and barbering
  • 16 min 10 sec: Could barbers go out of fashion
  • 18 min 35 sec: Men embracing hair colour and latest trends
  • 20 min 18 sec: Overview about The Barber Boom book
  • 23 min 29 sec: Getting the right guests for the book
  • 28 min 40 sec: So what is the barber boom
  • 30 min 11 sec: Tools, Products and Events
  • 30 min 56 sec: Healthy competition
  • 32 min 10 sec: The power of social media
  • 33 min 27 sec: The Barber Boom book available on Amazon
  • 34 min 12 sec: Is there any advice
  • 35 min 06 sec: A lot of work producing the book
  • 39 min 27 sec: Producing a second book
  • 41 min 15 sec: The Lions Barber Collective updates
  • 42 min 05 sec: Getting the right people onboard to get the message over
  • 42 min 51 sec: Don’t suffer alone
  • 44 min 14 sec: Barber Talk lite
  • 46 min 34 sec: Tom doing a Ted Talk
  • 50 min 43 sec: Reflecting on what Tom’s done
  • 55 min 52 sec: Why to buy The barber Boom book
  • 57 min 27 sec: Dom’s 5 Quick Fire Questions
  • 01 hr 00 min 38 sec: Dom’s show outro


The Barber Boom Book
BarberTalk Book
Tom’s Ted Talk



To win a copy of The Barber Boom Direct Message answer to @HowToCutIt