To be honest, I was actually surprised the first time someone let me cut their hair.
I was 15yrs old and had seen my uncle do it hundreds of times. He owned his own salon in Rapid City and occasionally came to visit my grandparents in a much smaller town, where he’d been the local barber for years.
His chair was in my grandparents’ house, tucked in a corner of antiques and vintage tools. I didn’t think at the time that I would follow in his footsteps. I mean, I was a teenager and had other things to think about (as all teenagers do). Still, I couldn’t help but pay attention to my uncle and how his clients looked forward to seeing him. For them, it wasn’t just a great haircut, it was a chance to hangout with an old friend.
I realized cutting hair would be a fun way to earn money in high school. As my uncle’s assistant, I gradually began working on friends and neighbors. I enjoyed the creativity, the conversation and making people feel good about themselves.
By 16, I had dropped out of high school to train for my beauty school license. That was over 20 years ago.
Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to train with some of the best stylists in the country. In my early 20’s, I moved back to Honolulu, the place where I was born and consider my home. Nearly a decade later, I had opened one of the most successful hair salons in Kailua, called The Fix.
People use to ask me if I was scared to start a business, which I thought was a weird question. Sure, I had a lot of things going on at the time. My wife gave birth to our son 2 months after the grand opening and we had just moved into our new home. It was hectic, but I was determined to succeed.
By that time, I had already worked at several great salons and witnessed the good and bad of every one of them. I’m thankful for those experiences because it’s what pushed me forward. I wanted to work in a place without drama, where people knew they could come in, relax, get excellent service and just “shoot the bull”. I wanted to recapture what I had experienced in my uncle’s chair.
Over the years, I’ve been very fortunate to have amazing clients. I’ve watched their kids grow up and have kids of their own. It’s been an honor to help them look and feel their best for weddings, reunions and everyday life.
Sobek Salon is the next chapter of a dream that started many years ago. When we drove through Lake Oswego last December, I knew immediately that this was where I wanted to live. Together with my wife (and business partner), I envision a place where people know their needs will be listened to and every effort will be made to exceed their expectations.
We look forward to creating a welcoming environment, inspired by art and nature. Continuous education has been essential to my success. I’ve learned through Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Paul Brown and many others. It is my goal to build a team that shares in a vision of creativity, education, customer service and cutting-edge technology. This is the next level version of your local neighborhood salon!
And if you’re still reading this far, thanks! I do hope you’ll stop in one day and allow me the honor of getting to know you as well.