You need talent and drive to stand above the crowd in the barbering industry. Sophie “Stay Gold” Pok certainly stands out, she’s spent the last decade rising to the top of the pack. We sat down with the clipper wielding superstar to learn why she leaned into a career as a barber, how travel has made an impact on her role as a teacher and what’s to come in 2020.
When did you develop an interest in becoming a barber and how did you go about entering this industry? I joined the industry out of pure luck. I was heavily involved in academic classes for business administration and psychology courses, but I wanted to try a creative outlet for once. I took a break that year and never turned back after that. I went to a local college to take cosmetology and I was like “Ok, let's see where this goes.” I had no idea what was ahead of me, but purely the fact that I enjoyed what I was learning which was color and long hair at the time. It wasn’t until two years after being licensed that I jumped into working at a barbershop. Time flies and here we are now, going on 10 years.
How did you develop your style as a barber and what separates a good barber from a great barber? My style for cutting evolved as time went on and it was influenced by the types of shops I was working in. I started off in a more traditional shop and eventually started to move to modern styles and free form cutting once I started traveling the world. To me, the difference between good and great is being able to take what the client wants, plus your recommendations, and create something that they are excited about. Also, what’s important to me is the detailing of each cut and I’m talking down to each individual STRANDS. I know that may sound crazy, but it really matters. Haircuts can create an emotion for people to walk out with their heads held high. It can build their confidence and enhance their overall look. Everyone looks at your face and hair first.
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