We spoke with Joe Randazzo, co-owner of Phil's Barber Shop in Honolulu, Hawaii on the history of Phil's Barber Shop, their philosophy, what makes a good haircut, Triumph & Disaster and the grooming industry.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Phil's Barber Shop is a fresh approach on old tradition, catering to the grooming needs of the modern man. Phil's was opened in 2015 by Joe and his partner Gary Casupang. Joe has 40+ years experience, spending a decade in New York City before moving to Hawaii in 1999.
PHIL'S BARBER SHOP PHILOSOPHY
The philosophy for Phil’s is attention to detail. Create an experience that your guest will never forget and of course do amazing haircuts, shaves and other services.
We focus our education on learning all aspects of hair including sheer work. As we know, trends come and go so you need to be well rounded in your craft. A barbershop should be able to cater to all grooming aspects. Fades, long hair and anything in between. Being that I come from Vidal Sassoon, education is what sets us apart. We have a intense training program for new barbers coming out of school. we also offer ongoing education to our team on a weekly basis.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD HAIRCUT?
Attention to detail and understanding shape, balance, texture… knowing how to use shears on the longer hair is very important. Choosing the right products for the hair texture is also crucial.
WHAT DREW PHIL'S TO TRIUMPH & DISASTER
Before trying the product ourselves it was the branding. We feel it is a good fit for us. Great packaging and imagery. We also like the fact that it is natural and environmentally friendly. Product performance is great.
THE STATE OF THE GROOMING INDUSTRY TODAY
Being that I’ve been in the industry for so long I have seen a lot of change over the years. There are many different types of barbers and hairdressers. Some further their education after school and some go straight into shops. I feel like social media has changed the industry drastically. Some in a good way and some in a bad way. If I have tips for a future barbers it would be focus on education so you are not a one trick pony. When fades are not trendy anymore you still want to have a career in barbering. You have to know how to use shears and use them well. Keep growing and learning your craft the best you can and seek out a mentor .
And lastly my musical influence is pretty diverse. We play a lot of different types of music in the barbershop but mostly music that creates a mood. Frank Sinatra and that type of music is what you were probably here on any given day at our shop.
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