With the way hair has grown to become an impressively significant part of the fashion industry, it’s only natural that individuals are becoming even more aware of how their hair is styled and how it reflects them as personalities. Whether it’s the curls, the sheen of pomade, or one of Kevin’s favourites - the tightness of the skin fade, guys aren’t just following trends, they’re building an image of themselves through the roots on their head. And what’s even more noteworthy - the days of going to £8 barbers are slowly fading; people are paying more and more to make sure they get exactly what they’re hoping for, with no dodgy patches or uneven sides. Despite barbers being associated with cheap, distracted cuts with loud chats on the phone, this barber here (Kevin Luchmun that is) is not your standard hairdresser. If he’s not cutting Aiden Grimshaw’s hair, or male model big guns such as Ricki Hall, he’s most likely at the Toni & Guy academy educating the next breed of hairdressing talent. So today, Mr. Boy meets Kevin Luchmun.
So what got you into picking up the scissors?
I’ve always had short hair, so I’ve always had a pair of clippers to cut my own hair. When I was at college studying travel and tourism, one of my friends wanted their hair cut and that’s where the journey began - 11 years ago!
Was there always an interest in fashion or did one thing just lead to another?
I’ve always loved fashion and have tried to keep up with what was in fashion throughout the years, but being in this industry one thing can easily lead to another. Though I do follow fashion, I definitely stick to what I like.
How important do you consider hair within personal style, or is it more about the clothing?
Hair in my opinion plays a massive part within personal style; it finishes off the overall look, providing a polished and tailored finish. A good hair cut really makes someone stand out in my opinion.
Do you think hair has trends as well?
Hair of course has trends, just like fashion. Older hairstyles are now back in, and styles that used to be in are definitely out now. A lot of new hair styles take their influences from old styles back in the day, but are cut with a modern day twist. All of this however takes into consideration how well it suits the person.
Do you have any goals in barbering?
I want to push out that barbering is a skill in its own, and shouldn’t be narrowed out within the hairdressing industry. Barbers aren’t just with one skill; I’m multicultural when it comes to cutting hair; I can cater for all hair lengths as well as all nationalities, be it black, white, Asian, long or short…
Name two of the most interesting people you’ve had in your chair – and if you could cut anybody’s hair, who would it be?
All the clients in my chair are all interesting in their own right. I always find it interesting cutting the younger clients because they are the future of what’s going to happen around us. But if it would have to be narrowed down to two it would be one guy called Tom Surendran, who I’ve been cutting since day one when I worked in my first barbershop, and a lady called Sally who’s practicing psychic/medium arts which is really interesting to talk about when she’s in the chair.
If I could cut anyone’s hair it would probably be David Beckham, because he has such a huge influence on the hair scene for guys. And he needs a skin fade #justsaying!
What goes through your head when someone asks you for a haircut that you know won’t suit them?
I can’t work miracles! Haha, well I’d not say no, I’d talk to them and explain them the reason why, without being rude and then offer an alternative.
Describe your barber technique in three words.
One of a kind. That’s kind of three…
If you could choose yourself any hair style in the world, what would you go for?
You taking the piss cause I haven’t got hair?! Haha, no, shaven all day long. It’s easy and it’s fresh and you don’t need to worry about it - just worry about making other people look good!
And finally – any tips concerning personal style [or grooming] for any curious readers.
Less is more with products - you can always add more if necessary. I always see too many people over load their hair with products. And make sure to maintain your hair style. Go to the barbers or hairdressers to keep it looking fresh.
It’s always good to chat with the guy who works magic on my hair and many others around London, and if you’re looking to get a cut with him you can check out the Toni & Guy in Covent Garden to see if he’s around. For those looking to see more of his work, his website can be found here, as well as his Instagram and Twitter.
A massive thank you to Sam Travis who grabbed these photos while I was in the chair!
- Mr. Boy