Adee Phelan: Movie star Hairstylist, Tells His Story Throughout Sknhead Product Line Picture Shoot | Frequency 60 Hz


At present I’m bringing you an interview with one of many superstars of British barbering, and a person who wants no introduction: Adee Phelan. From starring on TV Present The Salon, to slicing David Beckham’s most notorious haircut, Adee has actually left his mark on the business.

I visited his SKNHEAD shoot in March to listen to his story. So, Adee, what are we doing right this moment?

“It’s my new luxurious males’s vary, known as SKNHEAD. The idea took place 17 years in the past, and I’ve waited and waited – I do know it appears a very long time – however should you’re bringing out a brand new vary it must have merchandise with distinctive promoting factors. Merchandise that haven’t been finished earlier than.

“One of many merchandise is definitely known as the sport changer, and it’s a product that can be utilized as a moisturiser in your face and physique, or as a hair styling product. The idea took place many, a few years in the past – once I had hair, imagine it or not. I went to the Males’s British Hairdresser of the yr awards, and I used to make use of these items known as Coconut Butter: I’d put it throughout my physique after which run it by means of my hair. So, I puzzled if it was potential to create a product that was mild sufficient as a moisturiser however heavy sufficient to be a hair product.”

Attaining this has taken years of preparation and perfection: I’m positive that it’s one thing plenty of you can be eager to check out. The total vary will embrace sea salt sprays, serums, clays, pomades… every part that you simply may anticipate from a novel luxurious vary.

On the day that I meet up with Adee he’s excited to be capturing the content material that can encompass the launch of his new model. This consists of behind the scenes footage and an enormous vary of various hairdressing appears to be like on a various group of fashions.

“The factor concerning the fashionable barbering world is that you simply want to have the ability to do greater than a fade. To make your self an completed hairdresser or barber, you really want to know the basics of hair slicing. A few of these younger cats I see now dropping in these fades are superb – however there’s all the time nonetheless plenty of basis that must be finished.

“I’ve tried to carry out a variety of essentially barbering merchandise that may additionally drop into the hairdressing world”.


So, for youthful barbers who don’t know your story, you began again in 1999 – what stirred you, what motivated you to get into hairdressing?

“Lengthy story quick, I moved from Manchester to Southend-on-Sea and ended up not doing so properly: I used to be mainly sleeping tough for about four months. Then I received launched to a very cool hairdresser known as Lee Stafford, and I ended up designing his salon, The Home That Hair Constructed.

“I went with Lee to the Males’s British Hairdresser’s of the 12 months awards in 1999 the place he received British Hairdresser of the 12 months. On the best way again within the automobile he mentioned I’m going to get you a pair of scissors, train you to chop hair and in a few years’ time you’ll be on the stage. Two years to the day, I used to be selecting up that very same award.”

Adee describes it as a form of “tough boot camp”, the place there was no room for errors – if he tousled a haircut then his mentors made positive he knew about it. However this – alongside the skilled programs he took any time he had the money – gave him the strong expertise he wanted to begin experimenting additional.

“There are a thousand methods of designing a home, however there’s just one approach of constructing it: good foundations. I learnt the artwork of fine foundations. After which I received Males’s British Hairdresser of the 12 months and my life modified. 9-months later I had the chance to work with David Beckham.”


Whereas Adee’s profession has clearly been constructed on his personal laborious work and expertise, I feel it’s honest to say that creating that haircut for David Beckham – the World Cup mohawk which all people studying this ought to be aware of – helped him push his profession to the subsequent degree.

“It was in all places. That haircut simply turned essentially the most iconic haircut of the previous 20 years. After which I had the chance to win all these awards and from there on it was identical to I had the wind in my sails.”

And that wind took Adee to the heights of a hairdressing/barbering profession: he’s had the chance to work on TV exhibits, to chop hair for a lot of totally different movie star purchasers, and to actually construct a private model throughout the business. However other than all this hairdressing glory, I’m additionally excited by his function as an educator.


Previous to you doing the TV exhibits and the movie star type consulting, you had been truly a prolific educator. It was mentioned that, at one present, you mad 36 appearances: inform us about that.

“I received proper into the helm of schooling. I feel I did about 1500 seminars in six years. I used to be at Salon Worldwide working for 5 totally different manufacturers: I maintain the report, I did 39 exhibits in three days, haircuts to music. And I took that idea to America and it was good: I needed to carry one thing contemporary to it; whenever you get to that degree of expertise you’ll be able to’t be telling folks tips on how to suck eggs.

“BaByliss supported me the entire approach, after which different manufacturers took on this new strategy of haircutting. Numerous approach, a lot of basis however doing it on this very freehand, visible, fast approach.”

The large manufacturers had been blissful to get behind Adee’s new approach of doing issues – BaByliss even went forward and gave him a variety {of electrical} items. Barbers studying this are positive to be envious, and in some ways he has achieved the barbering dream. However there have additionally been some drawbacks:

“Enterprise began to take over. I used to be watching these cool cats half my age on stage and pondering I have to get again to the drafting board: these guys are making me look foolish right here. So for the previous few years I’ve simply been engaged on new cuts, new strategies and I’m about to get again on the highway and return to the place it began.”


So, Larry the Barberman goes out to all the barbering neighborhood. Will SKNHEAD merchandise be a variety that these barbers can truly retail?

“Sure. It’ll go surfing and go into outlets like Selfridges, however then the standard must be at a really excessive degree, so it might go into barbershops. That’s the thought.”

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Since you began almost 20 years in the past, I additionally need to hear about the way you suppose barbering has modified from the place it was then to the place it’s now.

“If we’d had the know-how that now we have now: Instagram, Twitter, Fb. I used to should do interviews after which wait 6 weeks for it to come back out. A number of the fashions I’m utilizing right this moment are Instagram fashions, cool cats – they PR themselves, they handle themselves. It’s form of insane: you do a haircut, it’s world inside minutes. In order that’s the distinction.

“The draw back to this know-how is that everybody desires to be well-known with out placing the work in. They need on the spot success. I simply suppose that they’ve all of the weapons now to be very profitable. You’ll be able to pay a well-known particular person to do a submit for you and also you’re form of on the market. However on the identical time, it might destroy your profession: it’s a must to police your model.”


You spoke about an inventive workforce. Perhaps you’ll be able to inform me about among the creative workforce that you’ve got right here right this moment?

“Barber sensible I’ve received Tariq Howes and Aaron Dorn. I’ve cot Jez Wilcox who’s artistic director. We’ve received three video photographers, two photographers, two make-up artists… so it’s an enormous shoot, making an attempt to get plenty of stuff in.

“Moreover that, I’ve been engaged on two or three new clipper strategies. New part patterns, new haircuts which can be going to be taken out on the highway. I need to return to the times of having the ability to execute a gorgeous, lovely haircut in six or seven minutes.”

And what may very well be improved in fashionable barbering?

“I feel what plenty of barbers have to be taught is the scissor work. You want to have the ability to work from the baseline to the highest of the top. I feel barbering will all the time be in style, however the longer factor goes to come back again. Barbers today have mastered the artwork of fading, now they should grasp the artwork of haircutting. What occurs in 12 months when the fade goes barely out of style and longer hair begins coming again in?

“There’s nice dudes on the market although. Josh Lamonica: beautiful man, technically gifted, fantastic speaker -can do an excellent fade however also can do an excellent haircut. And also you’ve received Danny Robinson, a brand new child on the block, I discussed Tariq Howes earlier. Kye Wilson, Dale Watkins, my trainer from again within the day. There are such a lot of proficient guys on the market. It’s all about inspiring the youthful technology although isn’t it.

Lastly, then, what are your phrases of recommendation for that subsequent technology?

“Method, approach, approach. Training, schooling, schooling. Watch, watch, be taught, be taught. Mouth shut, eyes open. Be obsessed, be obsessed, be obsessed. Coaching movies, salon worldwide. Be obsessed. As a result of to be on the prime it’s a must to be obsessive about approach and being on the prime of your sport. After which it’s a little bit little bit of luck.”


I’m fairly excited to listen to that Adee goes to be spending some extra time getting caught into slicing hair, and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what he comes up with. Don’t overlook to take a look at to listen to extra concerning the merchandise which can be accessible; when you’re there, head to Instagram and YouTube to observe Larry the Barberman and see extra nice interviews.

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