The Dandy Gent’s first apprentice, Austin Roots, is celebrating a new chapter in his life at the chair, as he sheds the title ‘apprentice’ and takes on the new mantle ‘Junior Barber’.
Austin spent a year at Derby College gaining his NVQ2 in barbering and arrived at the popular traditional Derby barbershop fully qualified.
Owner – and something of a local barbering legend – Shane O’Shaughnessy, continued Austin’s apprenticeship ‘on the job’ for an extra year to ensure he was working to a standard befitting The Dandy Gent clientele.
“Austin is doing very well, we have 100% confidence in him.” Says Shane. “He’s been cutting and styling hair to a very high standard for a few months now, so its time to acknowledge it.”
From 8th April, and at the age of 20, Austin will officially be The Dandy Gent’s Junior Barber, his charge increasing from £5 to £8 per cut. He is still studying Advanced Barbering at Nottingham College, and regularly receives great praise by his clients for his work.
“I get great feedback from the guys who’s hair I’m cutting,” said Austin. “That has always inspired me to get better and better, and really feels good to hear.
I look forward to being here for many years to come, and growing with the business. I’m proud to be a Dandy Gent barber.” He concluded.
Austin’s advancement has created an opening for another apprentice barber to join the ranks, with Shane currently in talks with Derby College to find another suitable candidate.
The arrival of a fourth member of the Dandy Gent team will support the continued growth of the Derby business as demand for its barbershop services – and the manufacture of its own traditional male grooming products – continues to escalate.