BaByliss Pro Barber, Educator, Master Barber and hair tattooing extraordinaire, Barber Jazz was centre stage at Hair Expo earlier this year for BaByliss Pro and Haircare Australia.
We were fortunate enough to quiz the Little Rebel Collective barber first hand on all things hair tattooing.
"Hair tattooing is a huge part of my business... It’s the perfect combination of two of my favourite things, drawing and cutting hair.” – Jasmine Shipley
We’re all fascinated by the hair tattooing trend, can you tell us a little bit about how you got into it? “Hair tattooing for me started on a friend. We were always creating small lines in her hair and then one day she saw some of my drawings on paper and told me to get creative with her look. So, naturally I created one of my mandala designs and it started to gain a lot of attention on social media and people started asking me to create my hair tattoos on them,” begins Jasmine.
What are your top tools from the BaByliss Pro range for hair tattooing?
“V-Blade Trimmers with the T Blade Attachment are essential for sketching out my designs and I use my Volare Ferrari Clippers and 0.5 and 2.0 Attachments to perfectly fade out certain areas”. “I couldn’t work without my Volare Ferrari Clippers, they are cordless, light and so versatile. The perfect tool for precision on any hair type,” says Jasmine. What is one piece of advice you would give to a barber looking to branch out into hair tattooing? Jasmine finishes, “Practice makes perfect. Draw some designs on paper to familiarise yourself with the hand movements and different shapes and just give it a go.”
What sparked your interest in barbering and how did it evolve into the art of hair tattooing? “My interest in barbering started at a very young age. My grandmother was in the hair industry and during school holidays I would go to her salon, watch her all day and help out wherever I could. I really looked up to my grandmother, she was such an inspiration and I wanted to be just like her. So, I made it happen,” Jasmine recalls.
“As soon as I could, I started an apprenticeship and was helping out at a local salon until I was old enough to work full time. Once I finished my apprenticeship I moved into a salon that was renowned for short haircuts which meant about 80% of my clientele were looking for shorter cuts and I soon realised that I just loved creating those types of look,” says Jasmine.
“Hair tattooing for me started about 4 years ago, in the same barbershop where I first became recognised as a female barber specialising in short hair for females. Now, my hair tattooing is a huge part of my business and I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect combination of two of my favourite things, drawing and cutting hair,” Jasmine describes.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? “I absolutely love what I do. Being able to talk to my clients about their lives and hobbies enables me to enjoy ‘work’ so much more. When you can connect with your clients, come into a creative space every day, and work alongside your friends it’s really easy to feel inspired,” Jasmine says. “I also get a lot of my inspiration from social media too, there are just so many talented artists out there. Instagram provides a great platform for all hairdressers”.