Aside from being a Drummer with The Hydrant, Christopher Lolot Aryafara—or Chris—is also a Barber who has his own Barber Shop at Munggu and recently he opened a new shop at Rumah Sanur
Can you tell us your full name?
Christopher Lolot Aryafara
Did you join a band or become a barber first?
I joined The Hydrant first, before becoming a Barber.
What made you interested in the world of Barber-ing? What inspires you?
I honestly never thought of becoming a Barber, in 2008 when joined The Hydrant I started noticing all the guys’ cool hairstyles.
Can you tell us a little about how you learned to be a Barber?
I met a friend from America, he planned to open a Barber Shop and I learnt from him. His Barber Shop is at Deus. The average Barber’s apprenticeship in a foreign country takes at least 3-4 years before they can take on clients, but at that time I only studied for 2 months. The faster you learn, the faster you make money.
Tell us more about what you learnt?
I got direct knowledge from my friend who had studied before and had a certificate, but the basic techniques he taught me, and that I practised, were very different from those you learn in a traditional barber school.
How do you divide your time between The Hydrant and Barbering?
I have two Barbers who help me in Munggu and Rumah Sanur & I play with The Hydrant whenever we have gigs!
What hairstyle trends are currently loved by young people in Bali?
In Bali it’s rather diverse. For the last 7 years, I have given people an education in terms of haircuts—I need to see the shape of a client’s face, how the hair grows, what’s the character of the hair. So when a client enters my Barber Shop and asks for Skin Fade Pompadour, I can say your hair is like this, your hairstyle is like this, your face form is like this, it’s better if I give you other options. I offer a Long Trim Pompadour, or Executive Contour for others.
Barber Shops are specifically for men, right?
Yes, they are especially for men. Historically, a Barber Shop has been a place for mens’ haircuts, and in the old Barber Shops there was activities, not just haircuts. Barber Shops are a place for men gather—like in Rotterdam there are some shops where women cannot enter. If a hairdresser also does womens’ cuts it is more likely it will be called a salon, not a Barber Shop.
Chris, what do you think about the future of Barber Shops in Bali?
The growth of the community every year increases, and barbers are definitely sought after—everybody wants good hair & needs their hair cut every 3 months, especially in Bali. The more Barber Shops there are is never a problem because everyone has their own fortune, and I always open the door for people who want to learn.
What are the challenges as Barber?
The challenge is that each individual has a different personality and character of hair. There we are tested as Barbers—whether or not we can bridge the needs of their hair with the attitude they want.
Why did you decide to open a branch at Rumah Sanur?
Because I saw a good collaboration opportunity between my Barber Shop and Rumah Sanur. We know that at Rumah Sanur there is Teras Gandum that sells food and drinks, Toko Konsep and also Kopi Kultur merge into one complete package. Which means my clients aren’t bored when they visit as there is so much they can do.
What is the next plan?
Next, maybe we will provide tattoo services too—stay tuned.