MAN

Winter 2018

MAN—the business of men’s grooming—is for barbers, hair stylists, skincare specialists, barber supply store owners and other beauty industry professionals that provide men’s grooming services or retail men’s grooming products.

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W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 I M A N I 45 FROM TOP: BEN A. PRUCHNIE, @SAINTSOFSTEEL, @IBALZAD #WalkTheWalkCommunity A Collective of Global Do-Gooders Manny Rolon has long been giving back--he credits his parents for instilling it in him at an early age, when they were building homes in South America. Rolon's fi rst taste at paying it forward was in 2004 when he would cut hair for disabled kids at a special school. Christin Armstrong is also no stranger to giving back, having served as the empowerment director of Hear the Hungry, a charity that aims to humanize homelessness. Together, the pair, who work at the Ammon Carver Studio in NYC, wanted to bring the gift of empowering haircuts as well as education to those less fortunate. Thus Walk the Walk Community was born. Through friends and connections, they were able to unite nearly a dozen stylists and barbers to travel to Dharavi, a slum in the heart of Mumbai, India, where they offered complimentary cuts to nearly 200 residents. For 2018, Walk the Walk will reemerge in 2018 with a new focus and more ways for the community to become involved. "Truthfully I feel my clients better my life maybe more than I do theirs," Rolon says, explaining why he likes to give back. "I try and offer as much value as I am capable and I always feel so gracious to see someone else's joy. And even though that's not the objective, it's a great byproduct of authentically giving of oneself." #SaintsOfSteel Inspiring Self-Confi dence One Haircut at a Time Jaz Limos, founder of Saints of Steel, wasn't always a barber. In fact, she left her job as a business manager at Apple to follow her dream to "be the person I needed when I was younger," she says. "Because of my personal experience growing up, I felt compelled to focus on helping the LGBTQ population, specifi cally homeless youth," says Limos, who was ostracized when she came out as a teenager. But she quickly realized that there are so many in need of help and she cast her net wider and enlisted others to help her serve all homeless populations. Saints of Steel encourages everyone to #BeASaint and volunteer time, money, and talent to creating self-confi dence in those less fortunate. Currently, the nonprofi t is raising money to transform a bus into a mobile barbershop and salon, fi ttingly called the Saints ON Steel Experience. Visit saintsofsteel.org for more info and to donate. #Movember The Movement That Made Facial Hair a Mission Statement By now, most people are familiar with the notion of men growing moustaches during the month of November, but not everyone understands why. The Movember Foundation is a worldwide organization focused solely on raising awareness and funds for men's health issues. The Foundation began in 2003 and has grown to encompass more than fi ve million supporters globally, thanks in large part to its fun, irreverent #movember campaign that encourages men to "Grow a Mo, Save a Bro." Through men's health initiatives in 21 countries, the Movember Foundation works year-round to start conversations and drive research for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. In the fall of 2017, the Movember Foundation introduced a new facet to its outreach network: the Movember Rated Barber program. Because men tend to trust their barbers even more than they do their doctors, the Foundation seized the opportunity to use that natural connection and give barbers the necessary resources and information to have important conversations with their male clientele about men's health issues. Barbers can visit movemberratedbarbers.com and work through a set of four short courses online, covering topics including specifi c men's health priorities, the role of a barber in raising awareness, how to approach conversations about health issues, and the different emotions and behaviors that may come up during these conversations. Once fi nished, barbers take a short quiz before becoming an offi cial Movember Rated Barber, gaining access to even more information and resources, plus some cool swag. #StreetThugBarbers The Group That Puts the Hug in Thug On hard times, Ross Wilson had no money to give a man who asked him for change. Instead, he offered to cut the man's hair. To his surprise, the man cried—not because he was sad, but because he was seen. About a month later, Wilson met barbers Cameron Sterling and Josh Malcolm and Street Thug Barbers was born. Every Sunday since August 2015, they have taken to the streets of Vancouver to offer free cuts to anyone who needs it. Now, stylists and barbers join the thugs, and recently Matty Conrad joined to celebrate his birthday and be part of the #huglife. "This work you got going on here feels a lot like watching angels lifting spirits up and putting life back into these souls," Ray told Saints of Steel founder Jaz Limos as she cut his hair. GET INVOLVED! Want to help out but don't know where to begin? Rob's Barbershop Community FoundationP offers several ways for you to take part. You can sign up for volunteer opportunities simply by signing up at thebrcf.org, says Robert Cradle, the organization's founder. If you want to start your own charity, you can also visit the site to download a document that offers pages of commonsense and in-depth information. A $25 donation is suggested, which will help the RBCF provide no-charge grooming services through one-day "pop up" shops, case-managed projects and installing full-service barber/salons at transitional shelters and public schools. In need of some tools? Wahl Clippers offers complimentary clippers for those who are looking to help others through its Cuts for a Cause initiative. Visit cutsforacause.org for more info. Matty Conrad spent his birthday cutting Fred's hair, among others. "As much as I truly appreciated all of the birthday love," he wrote on Instagram, "this guy really made my day." In 2012, even London's Big Ben got into the Movember spirit.

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