V’s Barbershop

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We were lucky enough to get an interview with the master behind V’s Barbershop, Jim CEO and Founder, V’s Barbershop shared with us his experience owning a barbershop.

1. Where are you located?

We were founded and still headquartered in Phoenix, AZ.  We currently have 20 V’s opened in 9 states.

2. When did you start this business?

1999

3. When did you realize you wanted to be a barber?

I am not a barber.  However, I realized in 1998 that I could not find an authentic, upscale barbershop anywhere in the United States, so I started V’s.

4. Describe a few steps you took to become a barber.

We get asked all the time on the best way to become a barber.  We suggest that they research barber schools in their area and make sure that the school they choose has a good reputation and is well thought of by the state Barber Board for graduating well trained barbers.  We also suggest that if they do not like to communicate with others then not to bother with barber school.  Lastly, we have found that those with artistic ability make the best barbers, so we always ask if they can draw and if they can, we encourage them to look into barbering as a profession.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted? 

We train our barbers at V’s to make sure that they and the patron fully understand the cut before they begin.  Since we are not a “quick cut” or “chop shop”, we always take as much time as is needed to fully understand the patron’s wishes.

6. Are woman allowed in your barbershop? 

Yes, and we have many come in with their sons and wait while his hair is cut.  Kids are a big part of any successful barbershop and we do our best to make sure that not only do we give our kids our best effort, but also try to make sure that his mom enjoys he wait as well.

7. What are some of your accomplishments as a Barber? 

We have won literally hundreds of awards through the years.  I am most proud of being named “Best Barbershop” by Phoenix Magazine 10 times.  This is “the” list to be named to in Phoenix and we have fortunate to have been named so many times.

8. Who are some of your favorite barbers? 

We have well over 100 barbers throughout all of our shops and many are my favorites.  We employ some of the best barbers in the United States and I am proud that any of them can cut my hair.  We also perform over 20,000 shaves a year at V’s and with kind of volume and experience, I would put the V’s barbers up against anyone in the world at straight-edge shaving.

9. What do you believe makes a quality hairstyle, cut and groom? 

Attention to detail and the ability to execute the patron’s desire.  In the end, all barbers are the same – the ones that care the most, make the most.

10. What makes your barbershop different to others? 

V’s started the resurgence of the authentic barbershop in 1999.  Almost all of the shops that have popped up since have been influenced by our attention to detail, execution and success.  Throughout our existence, we have been well served by never straying from the authenticity of our shops, services or mission.

11. Where do you get your inspiration? 

Going to the barbershop with my dad when I was a kid and then bringing my son to the barbershop when he was young.

12. What advice do you have for aspiring barbers? 

Learn that cleanliness, sanitary practice, quality services and saying thank you are key to success.  Also, the successful barber realizes that the other barbers in the shop have rent to pay and mouths to feed, so encouraging their success will lead to a better functioning shop and more money for all.

13. Explain what a barbershop means to you. 

It is a community place for guys where a little show is put on every day and the experience stays with you after you leave the shop.

14. Where can readers find out more about you and your work?  

www.vbarbershop.com  

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A fine hairdo makes a fine BYRD

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Okay, let’s get this straight… so there really is a Pomade out there that caters to the surfing lifestyle. Why a pomade if you are going to be going into the ocean anyway? Whats the point..? Read more from this interview we had with owner Chase of BYRD Hairdo products.

1. Where are you located?

We originated in Newport Beach but are now based out of Culver City, CA

2. When did you start this business?

November 2012

3. When did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue?

Being from Newport, the hub of surf culture, I grew up surfing as an amateur and now professionally with Quicksilver. You could presume that a surfer starting a men’s hair care line with nothing to do in the cosmetics industry is obscure. Having your own look and style and paying attention to your appearance were traits bred in me. In the early stages of high school my friend introduced me to Murray’s and I was hooked on pomades ever since. I feel like things just fell into place after that. Between my surfing career and business, I keep myself busy. It’s a pretty rad thing when work doesn’t really feel like work.

4. Describe a few steps you took to make this happen.

There was never a pomade I loved that catered to my everyday surfing lifestyle being in & out of the ocean. Murray’s take weeks to wash out and all others would sting my eyes and fluff my hair. I wanted a great all around pomade that I could throw in, go surf and come out with the same salty slick. I started making home batches of pomade with melted down beeswax and essential oils in crock pot. After all those failed, I researched a team of chemists to work with on the first Byrd pomade samples. After some months of testing, the idea realized and BYRD Hairdo Products was born.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

The Byrd customer is confident in their style but if they were having trouble deciding on a product, we’d point them in the right direction.

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

The Byrd flock has come a long way in a year and 5 months. The latest project in the works is our addition to the pomade collection. Our Matte and Light pomades are soon to launch this summer and we are fired up about them.

7. What do you believe makes a quality product?

You can spend months perfecting details and packaging which are a huge part of positioning your product but when it comes from you, that’s what makes it special.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Surf culture, fashion, traveling around the globe.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Attitude is everything. There’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin I read whenever I’m in a rut. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. “ Maybe attempt #101 will succeed.

10. So you have a Barbershop, eh?

Yes, we have a barbershop here at our office in Culver City but its only operational during the Slick Saturday events we have.

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11. What is Slick Saturday? 

Byrds presents Slick Saturdays once a month at our creative space/ office/ barbershop/ home in Culver City. We provide fine cocktails and fresh cuts to all our friends and fans of Byrd.

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12. Where can readers find out more about you and your work? 

Website: byrdhair.com

Instagram: @byrdhair

Facebook: facebook.com/ByrdHair

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Byrd Products:

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Shop at http://www.pomades.com

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Inspired Style: Alex Turner for GQ

alex-turner-gq-magazine-september-2013-fashion-01Pomades, 1960’s and the Greaser look is back! Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys is looking swag in his pomade look for hi feature in GQ Magazine. We are inspired by his style and lifestyle. He rocks his Pomade really well.

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What exactly is Pomade?

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What exactly is pomade?

According to dictionary.com Pomade is a scented ointment, especially one used for the scalp or for dressing the hair or to dress with pomade; apply pomade to. Pomade pronounced,  [po-meyd, -mahd, poh-] Pomades makes hair look slick and shiny. It does not dry out and forms a thick layer of grease on the hair which takes a few washes to get out. i guess the great thing about pomade is that you don’t have to wash your hair often and it still looks good. I’m definitely not trying to promote not washing your hair. Wash it hombre! A new application of pomades always looks better. Pomades can wash out by using warm water and/ or a high detergent shampoo or oily shampoo.

Where did Pomades originate?

Pomades originated in the mid 1950’s. The name pomades comes from a Latin/European background. The french word ‘pommade’ and the italian word used ‘ pomata” means ointment. The Latin word where pomades originated from was ‘poma’ or ‘pomum’ which means apples. This is because mashed apples were the original ingredient in this ointment. Pomades goes as far back as Elvis Presley, pomades was the ingredient to his signature hairstyle and it’s still styling to this day!  Today we see many artists rocking the pomp and using pomade such a Bruno Mars, David Beckham and Zac Efron. Pomades is definitely a trend in 2014 and is only going to get bigger.

What are the different Pomade bases?

Oil based pomade – Grease. Petroleum-based. Mineral-oil based. Oil-based refers to products who have a base ingredient by weight that is a water insoluble. This product takes a lot more washes and a de-greaser to get the pomade out of your hair.

Water based pomade – Water is the main and predominant ingredient. This product can be washed out with water.

How can you use a pomade?

Well, originally it is used in hair to style and get the hold you are wanting for your hairstyle. Now I have seen and heard of barbers and customers using pomades as mustache wax.  The Pomade gives them the firm hold they are looking for and has a two for one deal that comes with using a pomade. Why not kill two birds with one stone!

Some of our favorite products from www.pomades.com:

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade

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Rumble 59 Schmiere Hard Hair Pomade

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Admiral Pomade, Strong Hold

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Reuzel Grease Medium Hold

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