MEET THE TEAM – KALE SAINTY
Tell us about how you ended up working at Lefty’s? What were you doing before that?
I ended up at Lefty’s through my friend that works there named Elliot, he said plenty of time that Tara was looking for another barber for when Dee leaves, so I soaked up the opportunity, applied and got myself a trial, which led to consistent work. I was at another barbershop in Healesville, so the move to Lefty’s was closer to home and a good opportunity.
Do you remember the first haircut you ever gave someone and what got you interested in barbering in the first place?
One of my first haircuts was on my close friend Alex, it was a simple undercut with a No.2 on the sides. It took me an hour and a half to do. I never really was interested in barbering, I fell into it as a career and I’ve stuck with it ever since.
What’s your favourite thing about Lilydale and favourite thing about working at Lefty’s?
Love how Lilydale is evolving for the better with new cafes, restaurants, retail stores, etc. Best thing about Lefty’s as well would be how well the shop is set out and the staff inside.
What’s the best thing about being a barber, and what are you less keen on in the job?
Best thing would be when you create a sick haircut or design and the client loves it, hard work pays off in the end. Less keen about barbering would be weekend work, but that comes with the job.
What do you like to do when you’re not busy making people look fresh?
I like to get into the gym and play video games.
Do any particular people or trends in the industry inspire you in your work?
There’s a few barbers that used to inspire me when I was younger and doing my apprenticeship. Now I just focus on what I can do and look up YouTube videos on certain haircuts or designs if I need help.
Apart from the obvious (scissors and clippers), are there any brands, products, equipment or other professional tools that you swear by?
Always swear by Wahl, have used it from day one and I’m slowly swinging into BaBylis now as well.
If you let your imagination roam, what’s your dream path in your future as a barber?
Dream path would be to take it as it comes and take what opportunity is put in front of me.