Robert Rix Esq. (a brief history)
I have compiled a potted history of my career path as a form of background both to me and what I am aiming to achieve in "The Master Barber's Shop".
My experience in Hairdressing is very wide and varied and covers many years, I will try and outline the various stages that my career has passed through over the years. I became a bound apprentice to a Gentleman's Hairdresser in the city of Sheffield at the tender age of 15. In addition to carrying out my training in the salon, I attended a college course in Postiche and Wigmaking to City & Guilds Level. After undergoing basic training for 2 years my employer died leaving me without my tutor. I quickly found an alternate employer to take up my apprenticeship indentures and complete my training in both Hairdressing and Wigmaking. At that time I was not fully qualified but well on the way and quite competent. The term used to describe me at that stage was a “Journeyman.”
A further year on and my apprenticeship papers were complete. At that stage I switched trades and moved into Ladies Hairdressing. After just short of two years in the Ladies side of the business I upped sticks and went off to London. After working for a while in a Kensington salon, I was offered a position as a junior instructor in a West End Hairdressing School. My most prominent Chief Instructor and Mentor around that time was Roger Poirier; a superb practitioner of his trade and famed as the private hairdresser to the late Duke of Windsor (King Edward 8th). Roger had been a World Hairdressing Champion. My time in London led me back into the role of student, where I enrolled at the Vidal Sassoon School of Hairdressing in an effort to further my capabilities in precision cutting - the technique that was pioneered and championed by Sassoon. At that time Vidal was forging a new dimension in Ladies Hairdressing with his innovative “Greek Goddess” and “5 Point Geometric” haircuts. The training I received there gave me the opportunity of work for a time in Vidal's premier salon on Bond St in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge.
Being apprentice trained and with 4 years practical salon experience, I was accepted as a member of the National Hairdressers Federation. I was later made a member of the Guild of Hairdressers, Wigmakers & Perfumers. After 15 years in the industry I became registered as a "Master Hairdresser" qualified in all aspects of Gentlemen's Hairdressing.
I decry the poor standard of training that seems to prevail in the industry today. Far too many young people drop into hairdressing as an easy option, get part trained and simply wing it. This situation devalues and brings the whole of the trade down to an unacceptably low level. My USP is my many years of training and dedication to the craft. I offer a full service to my clients and bring back many of the forgotten arts such as sculpture cutting, precision razor cutting, hot towel shaves, singeing and head & neck massage. My skill level is a link with the past, a link to a better time when quality mattered and was apprecia
As owner of The Master Barber's Shop I am a full member of the National Hairdressers Federation (NHF) and I am also a fully accredited member of the British Barbers Association.
The liability insurance for business is effected through the NHF and current certificates of cover are displayed on the premises.
Cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance in the personal service environment and are a chief consideration of our establishment. The highest standards of sterilisation and health hazard prevention are practiced to protect our clientele. Skill and talent are all well and good but without a strict hygiene regimen in place our level of professionalism would be compromised.
Our goal is to provide the ultimate hairdressing experience; we will draw upon a lifetime's experience and also seek to further our own level of skill and knowledge for the benefit of our clients. All of which will be delivered in a friendly, convivial and comfortable environment where cleanliness and hygiene are a matter of form.
I have always operated an advisory service for my clients where I can recommend the type of treatments or style that might suit them best.
With regard to my work with Wigs & Hairpieces, I specialise in supplying and fitting of higher end bespoke wigs for both Ladies and Gents. These tend to be for medical purposes rather than fashion. Clients would include Chemotherapy Patients who have suffered hair loss as a consequence of their treatments. To that end, I have established a separate consulting room within my premises for this part of the business to ensure privacy. I will of course be glad to fit and alter any fashion wigs that my clients need attending to.
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