Hayden Eye is a crystal clear example of a great success story following a career change from a fibreglass mold maker to a barber. Changing career can be one of the most daunting challenges in anyone’s life. Obviously it takes stamina to leave a job that you know so well and take on a brand new challenge, but hey as they say, you only get one life, so better to live it doing something you want to get out of bed for every day, right?! Hayden discovered London School of Barbering during a trip to London, where he took advantage of our free haircut service and was overly impressed with his haircut, not to mention the set up of our barbershop run academy.
When he was getting his hair cut, he was amazed to see how closely the students and educators worked together and could sense that the environment at LSB had an easy to learn vibe going on. He was not motivated in his fibreglass mold maker role anymore, so he signed up for our 9 week Diploma NVQ 2 beginner course in barbering. Since graduating with us, he has done a tremendous amount of work in barbershops and even at festivals/shows in London, Norway and Australia. He has proved that with stamina, hard work and the right attitude, the prospects of working in the barbering industry are very high when you have the right education behind you. He is now settled, delivering the slickest and hottest men’s haircuts at Bergen Barberste located in Norway.
Read more about his success story in his interview below…
LSB: What is your name and Instagram tag if you have one?
HE: My name is Hayden Eye and my Instagram tag is @hayden.eye
LSB: What did you do before barbering?
HE: Before I got into the rewarding world of barbering, I was doing something completely different. I was working as a fibreglass mold maker compositing parts for race cars.
LSB: When did you realise barbering was the profession for you?
HE: Does anyone really know what the right profession is for them, in all fairness?. However, once I began cutting hair on the course at LSB, it felt like I was going in the right direction for my career.
LSB: How did you feel about making the transition into barbering, and why did you choose LSB to learn the trade?
HE: The transition felt easy enough for me. I chose LSB to learn the trade as I actually had my hair cut there around a year earlier, when I was on a holiday. I was really happy with my haircut and enjoyed watching the educators and students working closely together, it seemed like a nice laid back environment with an easy to learn vibe going on.
LSB: What course did you take at London School of Barbering, and what were the highlights for you?
HE: I completed the 9 week Diploma NVQ 2 beginner course. The highlights of the course for me were definitely the people in my class. The guys I did the course with were from all walks of life and we all just got on so well trying a whole new craft together, helping each other along and also laughing at each others mistakes. It was a great experience!
LSB: Tell us about your journey since you have finished with LSB?
HE: I travelled to Bergen Barberste in Norway for a few days, where I got to work in the shop with one of the guys I did the course with here at LSB.
My goal was to return to Melbourne where I was living prior to the LSB course. So after Bergen Barberste, I travelled to Australia and worked for 12 months at Barberesso in Melbourne.
Then another opportunity came up when I was asked by Skjell in Norway to cover him whilst he went on PaPa leave in Norway, so I returned to Bergen Barberste to work for ten weeks in the shop. I had built up a strong clientele at the Bergen Barberste during this time, so I ended up staying on for another six months.
I really enjoyed working at Bergen Barberste, so I headed for the UK (where I had a work visa as well) to spend some time applying for another work permit for Norway. While I was applying for my work permit for Norway, I built up more fantastic barber experience working in several shops around London. I enjoyed the atmosphere of working in these barbershops but unfortunately I did not enjoy the fast flow life of London. I also participated in some pop up work with The Sandyman Chop Shop, as they worked around the UK at festivals and hotrod shows, which was a great opportunity to network with other barbers.
I was keen to build up as much experience as possible while I was in London, the hub of creativity. So I was delighted when I was given a great opportunity to work at Menspire located in St. Albans to learn a new style of barbering. I got this job through a contact Josh who I had met through my old boss in Melbourne at a hair expo, so the networking in barbering really does work.
When I finally got my visa, I travelled back to Bergen Barberste in Norway and I am currently working there now. I love everything about this barbershop and especially the clients!
LSB: What has been your proudest moment so far as a barber?
HE: I’m not sure I have one; the whole journey has been amazing!
LSB: If you could have anyone in your barber’s chair, who would it be and why?
HE: My boss….he works hard and has no time to sit down in the seat for a cut! There is an old saying about the shoe makers son having holes in his shoes as he struggles to find time for himself and his family…
LSB: Do you take inspiration from anything when cutting hair, such as music, fashion, film or art?
HE: I love rock’n’roll, pompadours and hotrods, so I love classic cuts but I still try and see what is in “FASHION” by looking at what’s on the catwalk in men’s hair.
LSB: What would you say to anyone considering a career in barbering and studying at LSB?
HE: Have a good look into what you want out of a career change! Standing behind a chair for 9 hours a day, 6 days a week isn’t easy…. but once you can understand hair and how it moves, you have great fun with friends all the time and that is when it doesn’t really feel like work!!
LSB: Anything further to add?
HE: We should use Instagram to talk more with other people who practice this craftsmanship. I am happy to share knowledge that I have learned! Another thing that is really important is to be yourself, as customers come to you because of who you are as a person!