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Meet Onyinye Obasi, The Feminine Barber Doing Exploits After Taking Up Barbing Full Time Since 2014 (Pictures)

Meet Onyinye Obasi, The Female Barber Doing Exploits After Taking Up Barbing Full Time Since 2014 (Photos)

Onyinye Obasi

Onyinye Obasi

In Nigeria, the thought of changing into a feminine barber just isn’t commonplace however Onyinye Obasi has risen above all odds in her chosen career.

As a girl in a male-domiated subject, Ms Obasi, who took up barbering full time in 2014, says she has no regrets.

On this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, she shares the thrill and challenges of being a feminine barber in Nigeria.

PT: Why did you resolve to turn into a barber?

Onyinye: That’s the query I at all times get. I truthfully didn’t have an intention to study barbing. I wished to study a talent as a result of my mum insisted that I study a talent no matter my first diploma. So after my Nationwide Youth Service, I wished to study a talent simply to please my mum.

Nonetheless, I picked a talent that may nonetheless spark my curiosity whereas studying and growth, the thought of barbing got here in.

The truth that I’ve by no means heard or seen a feminine barber then once I learnt in 2009 sparked my curiosity.

PT: How did the journey formally start?

Onyinye: After studying in 2010, I didn’t have a job then so I volunteered my companies totally free Within the barbershop the place I learnt till I acquired a job months later.

In 2014, I didn’t have a job, so, throughout an occasion the place I used to be volunteering my companies, I bumped into somebody with a foul haircut and I suggested him on haircuts that can go well with his facial construction.

So, my information of haircuts and facial construction prompted him to inform me he is aware of somebody who owns a salon that’s searching for a feminine barber and gave me the contact. I acquired there, I used to be interviewed and I acquired the job.

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I instructed my then employer that I will likely be working half time since I had a job (the volunteer job) then. Someday, in 2015 I fell in love with the barbing profession and I made a decision to chase it totally by launching my model, LushTrends Barbershop in Oregun, Lagos.

PT: How has the suggestions been?

Onyinye: Actually at first it wasn’t straightforward, I had a variety of rejections, shoppers wanting down at barbers as a result of they see barbing as menial. In actual fact, there was a time I nearly dusted my CV to return to the company world however I’m glad I didn’t.

I’ve been a feminine barber 11 years unprofessionally and 6 years professionally and I’m nonetheless counting.

PT: What do you like about your job?

Onyinye: I reduce individuals’s hair for a dwelling however what I promote is sweet appears to be like and self-confidence. The truth that I assist a person stroll out of their low vanity to a full blown confidence provides me pleasure.

For me, it’s extra than simply being a barber; I see myself as a therapist. The truth that I encourage individuals provides me nice pleasure.

Onyinye’s barbing store

PT: What response do you get when individuals stroll into the shop and see a feminine barber?

Onyinye: Once I first began the bias was so excessive. I get a clean ‘No, I’m so sorry you’ll be able to’t reduce my hair’ they usually request a male barber.

It’s so painful then as a result of they might belief a male barber for the primary time and in my case, it was concluded that I don’t know how you can barb simply because I’m a girl. In some circumstances I get excuses like I’m a title chief and ladies don’t contact my head.

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Now it’s so fascinating seeing me reduce their hair for the primary time and once I’m carried out they get caught with the worth I supply.

PT: We realise you might have additionally groomed a crop of feminine barbers.

Onyinye: Not directly, I’ve a variety of barbers who’re studying from me. Presently, I’m mentoring one and he or she is working with me. You may’t work with me or be round me and never do the job. I’m a motivational power.

My tactic is by me doing the work. No matter I would like them to do, I do it, so I’m main by instance.

PT: Have you ever reduce the hair of well-known individuals?

Onyinye: Sure, I’ve reduce the hair of a variety of well-known individuals. From Fin Osibanjo, the (Vice President of Nigeria’s son), Joro Olumofin, Deyemi, Harrysong, some worldwide artists, in actual fact, I’ve misplaced rely.

PT: You as soon as stated ladies harass you for reducing their husbands’ hair. Why does this occur?

Onyinye: One factor I observed is that usually, males are very loyal to their barbers, particularly after they discover a good one. So, some ladies can’t appear to consider that their man’s barber is a girl. They present their insecurities and generally show it within the salon.

PT: Is your associate supportive of your career?


Onyinye: I’m married and my greatest supporter is my husband, and I bless the day our paths crossed.

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Supply: PREMIUM TIMES

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