Barber Industry Interview – Guest Judge Kenny Scott

It was an absolute pleasure having barber whizz and former London School of Barbering student Kenny Scott join us a guest judge for our buzzing fade competition that took place on Friday 4th May. Kenny is a barber that naturally bursts with enthusiasm and passion for the industry. When you speak to him, you can see that he loves what he does and it has contributed to his success as a barber, since he graduated with us here at London School of Barbering. Kenny was the perfect role model that our students were able to look up to on their last day, before they embark on their own barbering career journeys.

Kenny has an interesting story with how he ended up becoming a barber. He actually got into the world of hair from a young age of fifteen years old. He started working at a hair salon on a Saturday, building up his experience in hair. However, he fell in and out of love with hair, so after many years of working in hair, he decided to try something different. He chose to work for many different fashion retail brands, but then soon started to miss hair again. He wanted to focus on men’s hair this time and went searching online to find the best barber training courses. When he discovered us, he did debate for a few months on whether to take the course, but he eventually signed up for our NVQ 2 Diploma beginner course. He proudly admits that he is the barber he is because of LSB. With the discipline and foundation he developed in barbering through his time at LSB, he landed himself a great barber job in a nice little barbershop in West Hampstead the week after he graduated. He has flourished in barbering and soon will be opening up two of his own barbershops this year.

Kenny was impressed with the excellent work that was showcased by our students, especially when none of these have ever picked up a pair of scissors or clippers in their life. He could see how far our students have come in only nine weeks and really enjoyed giving some advice and tips from his background to our students. Kenny speaks about his experience and time as a student here at London School of Barbering, his proudest moment so far as a barber, why some barbers are dubious about the merits of an intensive course, his thoughts about the quality of the student cuts, among other topics. Read his exclusive interview below:

LSB: What is your name and where do work?
KS: My name is Kenny Scott and I work at Esquire Male Grooming in West Hampstead.

LSB: How did you discover barbering as a career?
KS: I dabbled in hair before, I managed a unisex salon for a big high street company; a unisex salon. I used to do hair many years ago, from being a Saturday boy at the age of 15 and then fell in and out of love with hair. So, I went into retail and worked for fashion retailers and big brands.

LSB: How did you learn the trade?
KS: I learned the trade first of all being a Saturday boy and I had a love for hair, and then kind of kept on doing it and then decided after a few years of getting out of hair and working in retail that I wanted to go back into hair. I managed a salon and then I went online and saw a course for LSB. I looked up lots about it and debated for months and then decided to do the NVQ level two and that’s where I learned a huge amount.

LSB: Describe your experience at the London School of Barbering?
KS: The course was really good, it was a fun course. I think the people that were on the course with me, the ones that really succeeded were the ones that really pushed themselves through the course. It’s great having the course and going on the course, but unless you’re giving a 110%, you’re not going to get out of it what you need and what you need to be and where you need to be as a barber.

LSB: What has been your journey since leaving LSB?
KS: Okay, after leaving the London School of barbering. I resigned from my job as managing a salon, the same week. I went to work in a barber’s in West Hampstead and just absolutely thrived in that environment and it was the best change for me.

LSB: What has been your proudest moment as a barber?
KS: There’s a few things with proudest moments as a barber, one was being asked to be a guest judge because I felt invalidated with what I’ve done and my journey that I’ve been on and also getting repeat clients. Once, after I’ve got clients coming back in and regular clients, that validated who I was as a barber and the choice that I did was correct. And in five weeks’ time I’ve got my own barbers opening up and then another one at the end of the summer.

LSB: What would you say to anyone considering becoming a barber?
KS: If you’re looking at being a good barber, I think the LSB is a fantastic foundation for you. It teaches you discipline, it teaches you skills. You have to push yourself in the course to get the best out of it. You might find negativity online to courses and barbering schools and that’s just completely jealousy and rubbish. I am the barber I am, because of LSB.

LSB: Why are some barbers dubious about the merits of an intensive course?
KS: A lot of barbers are bitter and they’re quite resentful because they think that they’ve they put in the years and years and years and it’s made them good. What makes you good is love and passion for barbering. What makes you good is the fact that you’ve gone off and for nine weeks you’ve earned no money and you know you’ve gone on this course and you’ve pushed yourself. You are not the best barber when you leave, you are not the best barber after ten years, twenty years, thirty years. You’re always learning on this job, but it gives you a fantastic foundation and it gives you courage to know that you can actually survive in that environment. I think for all those barbers that say London School of barbering or all of those other courses aren’t good enough, give these people a chance you know. I was given a chance and you know I’m opening up my own place, so it’s worked.

LSB: What did it feel like being a judge today at LSB?
KS: Being a guest judge was kind of a little bit confusing because I was analysing the cuts as I was going along and you know, you want to be as honest as possible. The level was fantastic, but yeah, it was quite nerve-wracking because these are people that you know, they’ve just spent the last nine weeks biting their nails, being really really anxious. Some of them never picking up a pair of clippers in their life and you know, they’re putting out some pretty excellent work. So yeah, it was quite a daunting experience.

LSB: What did you think about the quality of the cuts you saw at LSB?
KS: The quality of the cuts were amazing. The educators, I had asked them, if some of the people have been hair trained before and they hadn’t and I was really surprised at what came out. It was really top work.

LSB: Tell us about LSB’s approach to training in a functioning barbershop?
KS: Using a functioning shop is good because it gets you timed. You’re all working together, you’ve got the noise going on ,you’ve got other things going, the distractions, which is what you’re going to get in a barbering shop. Also, the good thing is that you don’t know who’s coming through your door. It’s great practicing on your family and friends, but you need heads that you don’t know and haircuts that are going to be challenging, in order to push you. I think as a graduate from LSB, when you go into a barber shop, you’re not put off by what is coming in because you’ve got all different hair types coming into LSB and some people have had some pretty shocking haircuts. And in order to put those right, you know you have to really, really use your knowledge that you’ve learned at LSB. So, anything that gets thrown at you when you’re actually working in the barber shop, you can handle it quite easily.

LSB: What do you think about the educators at LSB?
KS: You’re educators at LSB are really good. I learned with two of the ones I was with today as well. Pan was amazing, Pav was amazing! Pav was really methodical in how he taught us and going through the steps and the stages and it put that kind of level of discipline in. Then we worked with Pan and Pan was like, work on your speed, work on your creativity, if you make mistakes, you make mistakes, you know put more of yourself into the cut, rather than being more regimented. So the two combinations worked really well together.

If you are a beginner and looking to learn the barbering trade or need to advance your current barbering skills to the next level, take a look at our barbering courses page to find the right course to suit your needs.


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