In a nutshell, what was your purpose of going to London?
I enrolled in the London School of Barbering (LSB) to refine my technical and curriculum building skills to help lead the Lock & Loaded educational team by example.
What classes did you take at the London School of Barbering?
I took classes over a course of 9 weeks. The NVQ barbering course at LSB is equivalent to our barbering license here in the states. The first 3 weeks was “Theory on Mannequin” and the last 6 weeks were on the salon floor with 4-6 live models of every ethnicity a day.
You received an award? What was it?
The week before graduation, attendees from both campuses have an hour long competition that is judged by a celebrity barber and I was fortunate to take first place. I received 1st place certification along with graduating with merit, which is the highest rating you can receive at LSB.
What was your typical “Day in a Life”?
Out the door. Took 3 trains to get to LSB.
Arrive for class and set up my station. Worked with clients for 45 minutes each.
Sometimes lunch, but only if we finished with our scheduled clients.
End of Day
730PM: Get home, as long as I didn't miss the train or go out with colleagues.
From what it sounds like, you didn't have a lot of free time, but when you did, did you have a chance to go to restaurants, nightlife, sights, shopping?
We didn’t have much time but on Fridays, after a long taxing week, we would all go out to local pubs in Covent garden and start off with some pints. After getting a few pints, we would head to SOHO to some hip little spots or jump on the train and head to Camden to an array of unique spots.
Jose's Abridged London City Guide
ART: Serpentine Gallery
COFFEE: Holborn Grind
SHOP: Dover Street Market, LN-CC
DRINKS: Experimental Cocktail Club
STAY: Artist Residence
What was your overall experience in London?
There is no doubt London is incredible city. There is a pace about it which is a bit familiar to Chicago. It has the excitement of a bustling city but a manageable speed. But from a professional standpoint, it was the best learning experience thus far in my life