Barber styles: Tim Ellis, New City Barbers

Meet Tim Ellis and learn how he created this photographic work

Name: Tim Ellis
Workplace: New City Barbers
Model: James
Photographer: Sabin Holloway

Tim’s Story

I chose to do an apprenticeship because I like working with my hands and interacting with a wide range of people. My favourite part is learning something and being able to put it into practice immediately.
I never want to be satisfied with ‘okay’ haircuts. My goal is to always produce high quality hair cuts. Here I wanted to create something classic but bold. I also aimed to show restraint in the head shape and hair type. To create this look, I started by fading the back and side down to a zero using a freehand clipper over comb technique. I made sure to leave a solid weight line around the perimeter of the head. I created a side part on the top and then shaped the hair into a pompadour using scissors and texturisers. I used my hands and a hair dryer to build volume on top. I used Reuzel Grease – Medium Hold to style the hair.
Thanks to New City Barbers for giving me a place with sweet music, different customers and where it’s all good to be yourself. Thanks to Sabin Holloway for the time, passion and input when taking the photos and to my boss Chris Terry for teaching me how to cut hair.

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