Issy is a female barber based in Dubai. She currently works at Chaps&Co, the first barbershop in the United Arab Emirates to employ female barbers. Issy tells us about the barbering scene in the country.
What can you tell me about the barbering scene in Dubai?
Barbering in Dubai is intense, fast-paced and nothing like you’ve ever seen before. You have to be a perfectionist and give nothing but 110% with every haircut if you want to succeed and retain clients.
What can you tell me about where you work, Chaps&Co?
I work in the best-branded barbershop in the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 2015 with one shop, but has now branched out to ten in a really short amount of time, all with their signature authentic aesthetics.
What are some of the key differences between barbers in Dubai and barbers in the UK?
The difference between UAE barbers and UK barbers is the competition. Barbers go above and beyond on customer service here to make sure they’re retaining their client base. All the extras and special care to each and every person is essential. Being here makes you thirsty to become a better barber, so it’s constant training, networking and sourcing new ideas to create a better service for your clients.
What can UK barbers learn from barbers in Dubai?
I think UK barbers would learn a whole new level of professionalism from barbering in Dubai. It’s a corporate world here, and clients want the luxurious experience to wind down from the 24/7 hustle.
Are there any general thoughts that you’d like to share with our readers?
My opinion of barbering in Dubai is that anything is possible. The type of people you’re cutting forces you to level up with ambition and motivation, it makes you want to be the best possible version of yourself in every way. It’s impossible to be lazy here!
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