Interview: With Kevin Luchmum, Considered one of The UK’S Finest Males’s Barbers/Hairdressers | Frequency 60 Hz
It’s inconceivable to pigeon gap Kevin Luchmun: somewhat than defining himself as a barber or a hairdresser, or pinning himself down to 1 explicit type, he’s merely ‘somebody who loves to chop hair’. His profession has seen him working with a few of the largest names within the business, however now he’s set off on his personal. After all, with the Kevin Luchmun identify already synonymous with wonderful technical potential, he’s set himself up for achievement. Nonetheless, I wished to seek out out what drove him to depart Toni & Man:
“Yeah, in order you realize I left again in February final yr. It kind of obtained to the stage the place you begin to consider what’s it that you really want in life. I’d been with the corporate for 11 years: I used to be with them for six years in London, the place I reached the extent to develop into a world artwork director. So, I had my desires and my ambitions throughout the firm, I achieved them after which I simply stated to myself, do I wish to keep and do precisely the identical factor? After all, they might push me in a unique course, however my private personal targets have been achieved.
“Then it was only a case to actually take that leap of religion and go for it. As a result of I all the time suppose to myself, I don’t wish to dwell pondering ‘what if?’ I’d somewhat simply do it and simply see what occurs. And we’re right here now at Salon Worldwide to inform the story.”
Taking that step into the unknown can typically be the factor that propels an excellent profession forwards, so it’s thrilling to see the place Kevin’s new path will take him. On the identical time, making a dramatic step in your profession is all the time going to really feel uncommon for some time. I ask Kevin how life has modified:
“Lots of people ask me: ‘how’s life now, what’s it like, is it good?’ and I simply say one of the best ways to explain it’s it’s simply totally different. As a result of now particularly, I don’t work for such an enormous huge company firm and I’m impartial. I’ve to exit discover these alternatives.
“And I feel it’s like something, having been with the corporate for such a very long time you realize I gained my expertise, I made the errors, I discovered from the errors and obtained the training. Not simply educate slicing hair, doing reveals, but in addition the training on develop into a greater educator as effectively. So, it’s good, it’s simply totally different. Much more difficult, I’d say, and there’s nonetheless stress – in all probability a bit extra stress – however the stress comes right down to me, which is nice as a result of it’s like the whole lot I do now could be for myself.”
Going it alone, then, has made Kevin the grasp of his personal future – and as a lot as that may imply further work, it additionally appears t be one thing that he drastically enjoys:
“If I don’t give 110% then that’s on me. If I mess up on one thing, it’s on me. I don’t have anybody accountable. And I don’t have anybody to simply suppose: ‘oh, don’t fear about that. Another person goes to fret about that.’ Every little thing I do now, from bookings, from liaising with purchasers, from show-work preparation… that each one comes right down to me.”
Whereas Kevin has definitely constructed up an enormous popularity in his personal proper, it’s nonetheless totally different from the identify recognition that comes alongside working with an organization like Toni & Man. With that in thoughts, I ponder whether individuals deal with him any otherwise lately:
“I feel now it’s in all probability obtained its ups and downs. Being an impartial identify now, all I’m representing is myself. The place I’ve liaised, met individuals alongside my journey and had the expertise of doing reveals, seminars and naturally competitions, individuals nonetheless respect me within the business. You realize, I’m in all probability getting extra alternatives, and extra totally different alternatives. Like to guage totally different competitions and work with totally different manufacturers. There’s quite a lot of freedom.”
That is the constructive facet of being impartial – however Kevin additionally acknowledges that there could be downsides:
“Like I stated, the whole lot now comes right down to me. I’m a one-man band, kind of. So, if I don’t wish to get up within the morning, have a lay in, then I’ve probably missed that chance to go meet with individuals or reply to emails, no matter else like that. Every little thing comes right down to me and I’ve to need to inspire myself.
“If I did want one thing that I’m positive I might attain out to somebody, however I don’t actually have anybody to bounce concepts off. And my head’s all the time going loopy, like 100 miles per hour and now I don’t have anybody to say hey, I’ve obtained this actually cool thought. I inform myself, however I don’t have anybody to say: ‘yeah that’s a cool thought, or what about doing it this fashion?’”
Once I caught up with Kevin final yr, he’d simply been named one of many Males’s Hairdresser of the 12 months finalists for the 2017 British Hairdressing Awards. This definitely wasn’t the primary time that he’d been in that place, however I questioned whether or not attaining it now, as a lone wolf, gave it particular which means:
“It does truly imply an excellent deal, as a result of it was the primary yr that I’ve entered being a solo particular person artist working for myself. However I feel you realize what it means to me this yr. It means lots as a result of it’s all my work: it’s Kevin Luchmun from Kevin Luchmun, it’s not Kevin Luchmun from one other model. I simply minimize my mates hair and I simply wish to take a gorgeous picture – and that’s what I’ve carried out. And to me it means lots as a result of this yr particularly as a result of it’s like yeah, I’m nonetheless within the recreation.”
“I’m neither. I’m simply somebody that cuts hair. It’s not a case of are we barbers, are we hairdressers… we’re those who simply minimize hair, who wish to make individuals look good. Hair is hair on the finish of the day. It doesn’t matter in the event you’re working with clippers or scissors. They’re simply the instruments and the devices that you just use. So do I name myself a hairdresser or a barber? Neither. Do I name myself Kevin Luchmun? Sure I do.”
I additionally wished to speak to Kevin about training. The drive for extra, increased high quality training appears to be one of many huge issues that’s pushing the hair business in the meanwhile. I requested Kevin to clarify why he feels that training has develop into so vital:
“Individuals wish to go to reveals and seminars, like Salon Worldwide as a result of they wish to be taught. And I feel that’s the wonderful thing about our business is that it’s such a inventive business. There’s so many inventive minds on the market, and so many individuals that actually wish to specific their creativity inside somebody’s hair, you realize.
“I feel training is required as a result of there’s a lot on the market that you may be taught, you realize, why would you wish to simply stick with it doing the identical factor. And the factor is I’ve obtained the expertise with barbers and I’ve obtained the expertise of working for such an enormous hairdressing firm. For me, is about giving again as a result of I keep in mind once I couldn’t do it. I keep in mind once I struggled. I keep in mind once I struggled maintain a pair of scissors and a comb. I wish to give again to the individuals that truly genuinely do you wish to be taught. I’ll give them a lot greater than that somebody who can’t be bothered. And that’s what I like to do, as a result of it’s about inspiring the youth of our business.”
After all, merely being a superb barber or hairdresser isn’t essentially sufficient to chop it as an educator, and if you wish to department out into training then there shall be extra expertise to grasp:
“I do know essentially the most proficient hairdressers and barbers on the market, and so they can’t educate. I do know essentially the most superb educators on the market and so they can’t minimize hair. It’s a steadiness, understanding truly mix the 2 collectively. It’s not a simple factor. It takes quite a lot of arduous work. It takes quite a lot of time and quite a lot of making errors.
“I really feel skilled sufficient that anybody can ask me why I’m doing one thing and I will inform them precisely why. There’s so many individuals that say what they’re doing after they educate. I don’t wish to know what you’re doing. I wish to perceive what’s occurring in your head, and that’s what makes me totally different.”
Superb recommendation for any barbers or different hair professionals who do wish to make that soar from slicing hair to educating others. I additionally requested Kevin to share some broader inspiration for barbers who would possibly wish to observe in his footsteps on different methods:
“Actually perceive: what’s it you need in life and what’s it that you really want in your profession? Do you wish to be on stage and doing these commerce reveals, within the limelight? If that’s what you wish to do, cool. If you wish to be higher hairdresser and ideal your craft, cool – try this. If you wish to make more cash, try this. You could perceive what it’s that you just actually wish to obtain after which set your self that objective. After which actually simply go for it.
“In the event you don’t set your self little targets how are you ever going to progress? That’s what I personally do. I stated to myself I wished to journey to over 10 international locations this yr once I left Toni & Man, and I’ve carried out it. I wished to develop into a finalist within the Males’s British Hairdressing Awards – I’ve carried out it.
“I all the time say in life, you’ve obtained take child steps. In the event you’ve simply began and also you wish to be on that large stage, it’s not going to occur. You actually must take these child steps and then you definitely’ll be capable of get there. However in case you have the imaginative and prescient that you just wish to be up on that huge stage, then you definitely’re going to be there. Alongside the way in which, keep humble and keep true to your self. Hold doing what you’re keen on and simply making an attempt to simply be a greater particular person.”
Thanks as soon as once more to Kevin for sharing these ideas with me. There’s some sturdy, sensible recommendation in there that I feel all of you barbers and hairdressers at house can actually do lots with, simply keep in mind to maintain setting these little targets! And for at present’s little objective, why not observe Larry the Barber Man on Instagram, YouTube and Fb? You’ll be capable of sustain with the entire newest inspiring movies… You realize it is sensible!
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