Get ready to submerge into the world of barbering and men’s hairdressing as we explore the distinct disciplines and how this industry has been evolving over time. Joining us for this conversation is Simon Butcher aka Simon Hairground.

With Simon’s wealth of experience as a Barber, Hairdresser, Podcaster and host of the popular weekly ‘Hairground Lives’ on Instagram, we are turning the mics round on to Simon as he shines a light on the key differences between barbering and men’s hairdressing.

We delve into Simon’s thoughts on the trend of non-accredited qualifications in men’s hair. With his deep involvement in the barbering industry, Simon offers valuable insights on the impact of this growing trend. We explore the implications for the field of men’s hair and how non-accredited qualifications are shaping the industry landscape.

Together, we’ll unravel the potential effects and consequences of non-accredited qualifications in the context of the barbering industry.

Furthermore, we explore the evolving trends in barbering, the emergence of new brands, and how these factors have influenced the artistry and techniques involved in creating short haircuts. Simon shares his insights on the impact of these trends and how they have shaped his own approach to barbering.

And for all of you interested in possibly starting your own Instagram lives, we kickoff the episode today with Simon revealing his motivations for starting ‘The Hairground Lives’. He offers some invaluable advice, taking us through the ins and outs of hosting captivating live sessions on Instagram.

So, join us on this  episode of the HTCI Podcast, where we dive into The Hairground Lives, Simon Butcher’s incredible journey, and gain valuable insights into the world of barbering and mens hairdressing. Let’s jump right in!



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Today’s Guest

Simon Butcher, aka Simons Hairground is a Barber, Hairdresser, Podcaster and host of the weekly ‘The Hairground Lives’ on Instagram.

It was at 15 years old when Simon became fascinated with hair and fashion, and desperately wanted to live and work in central London.

As soon as he could he started his apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon at their flagship salon in Covent Garden – It was during this time he was exposed to working with some of the most talented and influential artists in the world being mentored by some of the biggest icons in the hair industry including Johnny Othona, Lesley Jennison, Gianni Scumaci, Dove Palmer and many more! This experience definitely shaped the way he viewed work, hair, and customer service!

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in todays episode with Simon Butcher

  • 0:02:57 Delving into Hairground Lives and the Power of Instagram Live
  • 0:08:27 Consistency and Engagement on Instagram Lives
  • 0:16:36 The Benefits and Challenges of Doing Live Videos
  • 0:25:01 The Evolution of Hair Cutting Techniques
  • 0:27:34 The Influence of Rockabilly and Score and Movement on Barbering
  • 0:28:10 The rise of free education platforms in the hair industry
  • 0:33:19 Barbering: Reflecting Today’s Culture and Street Style
  • 0:34:22 The difference between working in hairdressing and barbering
  • 0:37:38 The need for professionalism in barbering and hairdressing
  • 0:41:27 The Impact of Salon vs. Barbershop Labels
  • 0:44:06 Pricing and Quality in the Barbering Industry
  • 0:47:24 Fear of Raising Prices and the Lack of Accreditation
  • 0:50:50 Challenges with Universal Credits and Cleaning Processes
  • 0:56:00 The Future Pathway of the Hairdressing Industry
  • 1:00:07 Building an Amazing Network for Success in the Industry
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