Professional Haircutter Profiles
USA Midwest

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Rodrick Samuels

@teachingbarbersismyjam

City: Southgate, Michigan

Why do you cut hair? I cut hair because I love it and love this industry

What is your favorite haircut to cut? My favorite haircut to do is a gentleman’s cut

What is the most transformative experience you have had in conjunction with a haircut? Winning the Midwest Hairstyling Awards for Barber Stylist of the Year

What is your next goal in haircutting? My next goal in cutting hair is to win NAHA

What/who is your biggest haircutting inspiration? Ivan Zoot

How long have you been cutting hair? 26 Years

What is your favorite comb? Clipper Combs are my Favorite

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Kevin Slimko

@slimthebarber

City: Crystal Lake, IL

Why do you cut hair? I found out at a young age that I had a knack for it, and stuck with it.

What is your favorite haircut to cut? Variety is the spice of life.

What is the most transformative experience you have had in conjunction with a haircut? Nominated for men’s haircut of the year by Behind the Chair. I went to the live show and met so many friends from around the world. From those friends, I’ve been able to teach in Canada and made the “Tangerine Creeper” video for The Holy Black Trading Co.

What is your next goal in haircutting? Retirement

What/who is your biggest haircutting inspiration? My father-in-law, Marino “Jun” Lagatuz. RIP

How long have you been cutting hair? Licensed, 20 years. Including my parents’ garage, dorms, etc… 32 years

What is your favorite comb? My homemade curved combs.

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Stephanie Roessler

@hair_diva_73

Location: Moline, Illinois

Why do you cut hair? I have always wanted to cut hair, but the main reason I continue to do so, is that I love creating art in the form of hair cutting and styling.

Favorite haircut to cut: Big transformations are my favorite!  I enjoy graduated cuts and anything edgy.

Most transformative haircut experience: A shoulder length hair that I took to an edgy clipper cut with added lines for detail.

Next goal in haircutting: To always be better than the day before!

My haircutting inspiration comes from: A former boss. I spent a lot of time with her learning a wide range of things.

How long have you been cutting hair: Since September of 2002

My favorite comb: I have several, depends on the work.

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Kenneth Washburn Jr. @kenneth_washburn_jr

Campton Hills, IL.

Why do you cut hair? I cut hair because it makes me happy.

What is your favorite haircut to cut? A Classic Pompadour

What is the most transformative experience you have had in conjunction with a haircut? Being a finalist in the British Master Barbers Alliances, British Master Barber of the Year Competition.

What is your next goal in haircutting? Is to get my British Grand Master Barber Credentials.

What/who is your biggest haircutting inspiration? Rodrick Samuels

How long have you been cutting hair? 30 years

What is your favorite comb? An Andis Clipper Comb

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