At Barcelona Hair Academy, your hair academy, we want to tell you little bit more about our creative team so we have prepared a series of interviews with our tutors and collaborators. Javier Martin will be teaching our Professional Barbering Course; Javier comes from a prize winning barbering family from Seville, Spain. He has spent the last ten years working in the coolest areas of London, three of which he spent working at the Toni & Guy Academy.
- When did you first discover your passion for hair?
When I was around 14 years old I remember hanging around in my aunt’s barber shop, I was so impressed by how people’s faces could change by just having their hair done, for me it was like my aunt was sculpting. That was amazing.
- Why did you decide to become a professional?
My passion for hairstyling started in barbershops; I loved the smell and the atmosphere there. Great characters going to get their grooming services there, always with a great conversation or a funny story to tell, it was always something going on. I always found the barbershop an interesting place for human relations and I wanted to be part of that.
- What was it like at the start?
Beginnings are always hard, as in any profession it needs a lot practice and dedication, but there is a great satisfaction when you able to make people feel good with themselves just cutting their hair.
- When someone realizes they want to become a hair professional what should they do first?
I would recommend starting working as an assistant. It’s really important to learn how a salon works. Being close to professionals and watching every movement, every detail, it will inspire you and it will make you feel the passion for our profession.
- Why is learning in small groups better than in large ones?
Small groups are much more personal, you have the chance to learn from a professional with a close approach and are able to ask any questions about hairdressing.
I always felt that working in small groups is like been in a group of friends with the same interest…in this case it’s all about hair.
- What makes Barcelona so special?
Barcelona it’s the most international city in Spain, massively influenced by the latest tendencies on fashion coming from the top European countries like England, with the difference of the good weather. An amazing city to learn, get inspired, relax and of course to have fun.
- A message for all those who are passionate about hair.
Be authentic and work in what you love.