[Sticky] WELCOME TO THE PRIDE!
Hello and welcome to this support forum for our pride of lions! This is a safe space for us all to share our stories, support one another, offload, chat, offer information and help one another. By barbers for barbers. We spend our days listening to others so this is a space where we can talk to and listen to each other. Together We Are Stronger!
Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your career here!
Hey all. I have been an ambassador for the Lions since last year and proud to stand side by side with any Lions. I have a salon in Exmouth which I have run with my wife for the last four years. I used to be an electrician but moved to the dark side about three and a half years ago. I’ve gained my level 2 and 3 in barbering and am currently doing my TAQA. I carry out training once a month for a local skills group that assess NCQ apprentices. We try to hold Lions Dens once a month and always create a safe space for anyone in our shop. My stepdaughter has just started a barber Apprenticship with us and is looking to join the Lions as well. I look foreword to getting to know you all and here to help if there’s anything you need.
Great to see you here Mark. You're a vital member of the pride as we all are, Together We Are Stronger!
Hey there Lions,
How are you all?
I'm Fliss, 30 years old and currently trying to stay in Australia. One massive rollercoaster and I'm emotionally, physically and spiritually drained from it. But on a happier note, here's a quick version of my story...
I have been in and out the hair industry for the past 14 years. Some times due to my own mental health and wellbeing. I last worked in a salon from 2016 - 2017 where I completed a day's training of Barbering, I was so impressed with all these new skills that I had never seen or heard of before. I took note of my male clientele which was increasing and I had one particular client who was battling cancer at the time, Justin was my predominate drive behind wishing to transition from a hairdresser to a barber. Since then I have lived in New Zealand and currently in Australia. Over the past 18 months I have raised funds for a number of mental health charities and now I'm on a mission to physically have 1000 barbers across the world to raise funds for The Lions Barber Collective during NZ's Mental Health Awareness Week 7th - 13th October.
That's a little about me 🙂
Over and out, peace and much love, Fliss
Great to see you on here buddy. The pride grows stronger. Tell us a bit about your shop.
Sounds like you’ve been on an. Maxing journey so far Fliss. Great to have you on board over on the other side of the world 🙂
I'm leaving full time in retail management for a new career, at the moment work mobile and cover a couple of local salons. I'm down in the south east kent and what led me to find the Lions is in my training I was doing haircuts for homeless and was able to really see the power of a haircut and how it can help make someone stand taller, I got the chance to help someone clean up for a job interview and get a home was a great chat he is still a regular he says it helps having someone to chat to as he has no local family. On the other side last year I almost lost my brother to suicide and believe if his old barber was able to see the signs it wouldn't have got as fair luckily he was found before he done something.
Big step moving to a new career, good skills. Follow your heart and do what makes you happy (as long as it pays the bills as well). Haircuts can be pretty powerful as our hair is on display all the time, especially when it comes to jobs etc as people will sometimes make a judgment on how we look. Glad you managed to help your brother before it was too late. It’s amazing what the Ions can achieve and how we as barbers can make a difference to someone’s life. Glad you’re on board Ashley.