Whether we agree or not, we need to give careful consideration to others honest and personal opinions to the state of the industry. Particularly when these opinions come from one of the industries most respected names. That’s why I’m excited to have the undeniable force from the barbering world – and a man never to shy of sharing an opinion – Johnny BaBa back on the podcast again. And boy, today he’s going to give us all some home truths when it comes to the current state of barber training and the industry at large.

Last on the show in Episode 21, Johnny is back today to talk about why two years on since our last conversation he has added an academy to his BarberBarber UK brand of businesses. Creating a six months barber shop training system course, we’ll hear how he initially set this up to help take the stress out of finding staff by recruiting from within. And if you’re after more, then you’ll also be getting some key technical takeaways to cutting mens hair straight into you earbuds from a true master of his craft.

One of the most successful entrepreneurs in his field, Johnny has come a long way since selling his business in Limerick, Ireland after deciding to put everything into his Barber Barber UK business. Five years later, he now has seven stores across the UK and an academy which has seen students travel from as far as the Middle East to learn from him.

Johnny is a strong believer in the safety of technique and achievable excellence, and is building an outstanding reputation for his functional, wearable haircuts and a strong focus on mixing craft and commerce within the barbershop business. He subscribes to the school of thought that simplicity is the hardest thing to learn, but it is by far the most practical approach to barbering. Nothing has to be complicated in order to be correct. Something I totally agree with! Hear if you do, too!


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Today’s Guest

Johnny BaBa is an undeniable force to be reckoned in the barbering world and the brainchild behind Barber Barber UK. Having sold his business in Limerick, he decided to put everything into a venture that would see him go onto become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in his field.

Barber Barber UK officially opened its doors in Manchester in November 2013. Five years later, he now has seven stores across the UK and an academy which has seen students travel from as far as the Middle East to learn from him. A strong believer in technique, Johnny has worked at London Fashion Week, heading up the mens hair team for luxury brands. He was the men’s hair lead for the Style Masters Paris Show (Parc de Versailles) and has also been a judge in the American All Star Challenge for two years running (largest mens hair competition in the world).

Show notes:

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

  • >> 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • >> 05 min 15 sec: Growth of the BarberBarber UK brand since we last spoke.
  • >> 09 min 49 sec: A softened approach by Johnny.
  • >> 14 min 02 sec: Technical skills of cutting men’s hair.
  • >> 16 min 31 sec: Getting harder to standout.
  • >> 17 min 37 sec: Why open an academy.
  • >> 21 min 49 sec: 6 month barber shop training system.
  • >> 28 min 32 sec: Why if you pass your exams you could be offered a job at BarberBarber UK.
  • >> 30 min 59 sec: Learning how to teach and technical approach.
  • >> 32 min 56 sec: Why consistency is key to growing a brand.
  • >> 34 min 17 sec: No excuse for bad service.
  • >> 35 min 44 sec: Johnny’s thoughts on NVQ.
  • >> 36 min 58 sec: How, here and why.
  • >> 39 min 59 sec: Taking the stress out of finding staff.
  • >> 42 min 13 sec: How to sign up and costs to the 6 month BarberBarber UK training system.
  • >> 45 min 08 sec: Johnny’s honest opinions.
  • >> 46 min 55 sec: Where the standard of barbering is in 2019 and future for BarberBarber UK.
  • >> 55 min 55 sec: Change the perception of barbering, and who Johnny really is.
  • >> 59 min 56 sec: Where to find out more.
  • >> 01 hr 00 min 35 sec: Last 5 Questions.
  • >> 01 hr 02 min 52 sec: Show outro.




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