Are you in and around St Albans? Are you looking for a haircut from professional barbers? Do you like a 5-star service at very reasonable prices? If the answer to all these questions is Yes, then head over to Headcase Barbers, St Albans, the locally owned professional barbers with an international appeal. Headcase Barbers are the best barbers in St Albans offering great haircuts, good music, a cosy environment, and an excellent service by a friendly team.
With over 50 Google 5-star reviews and numerous testimonials, do not take our word for it. Customer Stephano Janse Van Rensburg says “Very professional and genuinely nice staff. Charlie was really good with cutting my hair and making my beard look great! All staff use PPE and are fully equipped to cut hair and more. Easy to book and reasonable prices! Thank you!”. Another customer Rob Quinn says “Best barbers in town. Friendly, great music, professional staff, and a seriously good trim. Relaxed and enjoyable. Cannot recommend this place enough”. Paul Lesnik, the founder of Headcase Barbers, St Albans had a chat with Herts Review discussing the business and his aspirations.
Paul had always been keen to start his own business even at a young age. Growing up with parents that were entrepreneurs really rubbed off on him. He liked the idea of ownership and the opportunity to create stuff for other people. After completing an apprenticeship in hair dressing (in 2 years instead of 4 because he was so keen), Paul worked in various salons for 11 years. “It was an opportunity for me to learn my craft and explore my creative side. I enjoyed working in hair salons, but I wanted to focus on haircuts for men. Barbers had become trendy again as a lot of men were taking more interest in their appearance and so there was strong demand”.
After years of planning and research, an opportunity came up in early 2013 to purchase a Headcase Barbers Franchise. Paul found a shop in St Albans and purchased the franchise. Headcase Barbers, St Albans officially opened for business in December 2014. “Headcase Barbers started in 2000 and by 2003 it had developed its franchise model. At the time, Headcase Barbers would only locate a shop in an area if someone local was running it. We were the 9th shop to open with the Headcase brand. Although we have an international brand, we remain local at heart. We are independently run. Everything about Headcase Barbers, St Albans are my ideas, products, and services”.
Paul was born in St Albans, attended the local schools and has lived in the area all his life. Headcase Barbers has been an opportunity to bring a unique experience with international appeal to St Albans. St Albans has grown in the last 20 years becoming a major commuter town to London and an area with a lot of professionals and wealthy people. “Most of our customers are in their late 20s to late 40s. Usually they are professionals that work in offices, have young families or are early retirees from successful careers. We are a team of 3 friendly barbers, and we offer a unique experience to anyone that visits our shop”.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Headcase Barbers, St Albans has slightly adjusted the way it operates. The shop measures roughly 80 square foot and has 3 cutting stations with 3 barbers. This means it is easily complies with socially distancing. The shop has stopped walk-ins and all haircuts are through its booking system on nearcut.com. “Our message is that it is safe to have a haircut. All services are based on appointments only and in-between appointments we clean and sterilise all sections and tools in the shop. There is no longer a waiting area, so you do not have a shop full of people. All our barbers wear PPE, and each client must have a mask on while respecting social distancing. We encourage everyone to look out for each other”.
The covid-19 lockdown had a big impact on business reducing the number of haircuts a day significantly but there has been massive improvement in the last 3 months. The shop is also embarking on a publicity campaign through social media and the various networks they have access to. “Obviously, there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment. We are staying positive. We clearly know we must be creative and adapt going forward. We are positioning our brand and putting out some promotions to drive business”.
One of the main challenges Paul had when he started the business was finding the right people to work with. “There has been some good experiences and not so good experiences. Matt and Charlie have joined the team. I feel we are a settled team of 3 including myself. We have the same aspirations and work to the same standards. The most important part of our business is our people. We are looking forward to many more years working together”.
Do you need a professional haircut by St Albans’s finest barbers? If yes, make an appointment to visit the Headcase Barbers shop at Holywell Hill and you will not be disappointed. Book an appointment here.