Why is the barbershop or male grooming community important for men? [Blog]

by Dominique
2nd November 2021

In this panel hosted by Car Buying Guru founder Gavin Cameron, he discussed with Aaron Wallace, Tilly the Barber and Rohan questions around why is the barbershop or male grooming community important for men.

November kicks off #Movember and as you know, at the Hair Popp HQ we support the man dem as well as our females.

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and the Movember Foundation use this month to spread awareness of prostate cancer, testicle cancer, mental health and suicide.

We’re throwing it back to our barbershop panel and our chat with Mr Blackmans Creative Director

Panel host Gavin asked Aaron, Tilly and Rohan about why the barbershop is important to men.


By Aaron Wallace

💈 Award-winning, male grooming brand co-founder, Aaron Wallace shared that he was a barber before starting the grooming brand and as a barber. Aaron said, “One of the key things I took from having a barbershop is that you mean black men from different walks of life…So you have different conversations”.  You can shop the full Aaron Wallace male grooming range here. Watch what Aaron had to say below.

Tilly the barber

💈 Tilly the barber said that the barbershop is important from a mental health perspective and shared the Ace barbers moto, where she currently works, which is to look good is to feel good. “It’s important, particularly to mental health”. Tilly said she wanted to contribute to helping every man who sat in her chair, to feel good about every aspect of his life.

Rohan founder of Smoddy Sharp, London

💈Rohan, owner of a holistic male grooming establishment, Smoddy Sharp based in London, said barbers are almost like a family, which is why it’s important in the community. He describes, when you are young, your parents could leave you in the barbers. Smoddy Sharp specialises in massage, aromatherapy, as well as barbering, by looking at male grooming from a mental health perspective. He felt that during the pandemic, men were missing key conversations with their barbers. “Your barber almost becomes like your therapist”.

Our host, Gavin Cameron shared how barbers are also a hangout spot and some of the Jamaican barbers would even have BBQs for the community. Watch what they had to say.

Josiah the barber, founder of Ace barbers, Birmingham

💈Ace barber owner Josiah the barber shared a risky venture of male hair units. He describes the three different types that the male units can be applied, and describes the transformation for men walking in with their head down, to leaving his chair feeling liberated from having a new hairline. Watch what Josiah had to say.

Ace barbers are located at 325 Aston Lane, Birmingham B6 6QR, UK.

You can find male grooming products right here on hairpopp.com

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This panel was at our virtual event – Give A Lil’ Love in February 2020, where we had a number of panel discussions around self-love. This panel focused on the importance of the barbershop community. Check out our UK hair events page.

Why is the barber or male grooming community important for men?

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