When you think of a Barber, you think of person just waiting to cut hair. But with Calvin Walker he is more than just a Barber. He’s from Leesburg, Florida and at a young age he decided to start cutting and perfecting his craft. He pays close attention to details and is a dependable barber with great new styles, experience in temporary color and is a Platform artist for Black Solutions. He is now the owner and creator of Celebrity Black. Celebrity Black is an enhancement product that barbers use to bring out the details in their designs. He uses the best equipment, sterilizes his clippers very well an always keeping you with an up to date style. Enticing Resultz took an interest him because of his unique style and dedication to his art. Enticing Resultz Mag sat down with Calvin Walker to learn more about him and his craft. The following interview is the results of the sit down.
( Q ) What made you decide to become a barber and how did you get started? How many years have you been a barber?
( A )* I decided to be a barber when my cousin messed my head up. I was around 12 years old when this happened. I was a fast learner because at the age of 14 I used the skills God gave me to help my family out. I tried going to college and realized that college was not for me. That’s when I decided to become a barber and I have been cutting hair for 27 years now.
( Q ) Provide an effective method you have used to stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques
( A ).Social media and going to different hair shows around the world helps keeps me informed of all the latest styles and techniques that’s out here.
(Q) Share an experience in which personal connections with coworkers or others helped you to be successful in your work.
(A) By working at Black Solutions and being their head barber exposed me to more than just being a local barber. The experience made me the barber I am today.
(Q) Share an experience in which your ability to lead or offer an opinion helped your company.
(A). When creating a new product a lot the input comes from me. My team and I go back and forth when we are developing a new product to make sure we put out the best.
(Q) Tell me about a time when you developed your own way of doing things or were self-motivated to finish an important task.
(A).* I developed my own way of doing things when I decided to open up my own shop. I had a lot of locals who didn’t believe in me. So I had to prove them wrong and look at me now.
(Q) Provide a time when you dealt calmly and effectively with a high-stress situation.
(A).*A time when I dealt with a high-stress situation is when I had to fire an employee. Even though we were cool business comes first and I feel if I had to fire a person then enough was enough. I’m very calm in those types of situations.
(Q) Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person (coworker or client) and how you handled it.
(A).*A time when I had to deal with a difficult client had to do with hair color. That’s why it pays to keep records of all transactions because this person swore that we put the wrong color in her hair. She was being rude about it so I had to show her in writing that she had picked this particular color and she realize that she was wrong.
(Q) Describe your experience cutting hair according to the clients’ instructions and/or current hairstyles.
(A). My experience in cutting clients hair according to their instructions is very simple. Clients think they know what they want and I love it when they say take and inch off when they only have an inch. I always listen to their suggestions but I’m the expert and they are the clients. The end result is always good.
(Q) How much does attention to detail and thoroughness impact your business?
(A).*Attention to detail is very important to my business. This determines if you will make $10 per cut or $30 per cut.
(Q) Share your thoughts on using razors to shave a beard or to contour a neck and temples versus using clippers.
(A).There is no comparison between razors and clippers. Hands down razor always has the cleanest look period.
(Q) Give me an example of when you thought outside of the box. How did it help your business?
(A).* I thought outside the box when I started using enhancements in 2005. This gave me the idea to create my own product called Celebrity Black.
(Q) How do you balance cooperation with others and independent thinking? (A) I balance my cooperation with others based on their knowledge along with my knowledge and we come to a common ground.
(Q) Has there ever been a time when you effectively identified a hair or skin problem?
(A) Yes I have identified dandruff and certain other skin diseases.
(Q) Share a time in which a treatment you recommended to a client alleviated a difficult hair problem.
(A) I had a client who had serious dandruff problem. I went an purchased some medicated shampoo and some oils for him. This seems to help him very well.
(Q) Tell me about a time you successfully coordinated with others. How about a coordination effort that was not as successful?
(A) The time I coordinated with other barbers was doing a hair show. I had good and bad experience with this … lol.
(Q) What advice or tips do you have for time management when dealing with multiple clients while still giving quality service?
(A)*I believe in online appointments to keep my clients straight. I also use style seats. (Q) What does it mean to you to be a successful barber and business owner?
(A) *To be a successful barber and business owner you have to have great clientele. Be respectful and be about business all the time. With this your business should thrive.
(Q) How do you apply new technology and information to expand your brand and company?
(A)* The way to apply new technology is through social media.
(Q) What is one of the biggest goals you established and accomplished? How was it personally challenging? What helped you to succeed?
(A)* One of my biggest goals was to open my own shop and I accomplished that. It was personally challenging because I had to find good barbers which was a task but it all work out in the end. My will and push is what allowed me to succeed. L
(Q) What is an effective method you have developed to recommend and sell cosmetic supplies?
(A)*An effective method that I have developed was 20 before I sell it I just educate them on the product.
(Q) In closing, what are three steps or advice you would give to someone wanting to become a barber?