Rising star APRIL – The Barber Magazine
Keep on shining …
Junior barber and stylist Lotus Honey has over two years of experience cutting hair for Langanis Barber in Teneriffe, Australia. Originally a client at Langanis Barber, she was influenced by the ability to be creative whilst working with hair.
Lotus is described by her fellow team as reliable and honest, as well as tenacious in pursuing her dreams to become an expert stylist.
When did you first realise you wanted to become a barber?
Hair was always a concept I had valued and admired from afar, but I never thought I would end up in the industry. I grew up around hair; my mum was a hairdresser, and even though she was retired from the profession and focussed on occasional home haircuts, it was something I always loved watching.
As time went on, I started to enjoy the creative side of the craft. I would style and cut my friends’ hair, just for fun, with no real techniques or professional intentions.
I moved up to Brisbane in 2017 from a small country town. I was always visiting the city to see my family and get my haircut at a specific salon, Langanis Barber.
I liked getting my hair cut there and watching the motions and commotions of a barbershop. It inspired me. When I moved, the owner offered me a job as a casual worker, and after a month or so of work, he could see I had an eye on the hair side of the business so offered me an apprenticeship. Without any hesitation I took the opportunity, not knowing whether or not it was for me. After six months of training I fell in love with the craft. I was inspired by watching how you can change so much for someone by doing so little. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than making someone look and feel more confident.
One of the reasons I love being a barber is knowing that I can take my skill set anywhere in the world and each day will always be different at the salon. Every customer is unique and each style, cut, colour and work of art you create is distinct and special.
Now, almost three years in, I still get excited to learn new skills and create new looks.
Can you tell me about your apprenticeship?
I began my training at Langanis Barber. I wouldn’t have wanted to learn anywhere else. I am now very close to finishing my apprenticeship and will be proud to say I stayed, start to finish, with them.
The entire team has supported me in many ways, boosting my confidence in the craft and helping me develop as a barber. They are all amazing.
In Langanis Barber I work five days a week, always meeting new people and creating exciting new styles.
Can you tell me about your career to date?
I am new to the world of barbering, which means my career is still very fresh compared to most barbers and stylists within the industry. Three years in this craft is not a long time at all, but it’s enough for me to develop a passion and a lifelong skill.
I learnt everything I know from a team of amazing, diverse stylists with international knowledge on anything hair.
I am still learning – always learning. Even when you think you know it all, with hair, you never do. That’s what makes it so exciting.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I want to travel the world and work in international barbershops. I want to experience different cultures through the different styles of hair and continue to learn.
What advice would you offer a start-up barber?
My number one tip is to always remain patient. It’s a process that requires you to follow more than a step-by-step list. Learning is about creating and imagining. Finding new shapes and textures is all about experimenting and trying new things.