Shayne has cut my hair for the past two years and recently started his own barbershop. I think it’s important for you to know one thing about Shayne: he is the definition of cool. So naturally his barbershop is different, and dare I say cooler, than any other barbershop I’ve been to. One day during a haircut I started asking Shayne why he does what he does. And the answers that came from his mouth were so cool that I had to share his inspiration, his vision, his why.
“I’m so many things. I’m a father, I’m a son, I’m a husband, I’m an artist. My family is my motivation for everything. I want to create something for my family that allows us to have a good lifestyle that I don’t have to miss. I hear people getting paid well but they don’t really get to enjoy the fruits of that for various reasons. Being able to have time with them is all that matters.”
“My purpose in hair is to elevate what men’s hair means. I think men have settled with their hair, just quick in and out, doesn’t really matter. But I don’t think we really feel like that, I think we’ve been taught to feel like that. I think we care, more than we like to admit, and that’s ok. I'm trying to embrace that and direct what that means for my clientele.”
“CRWN is an experience. If you’re just trying to get a haircut you’re not going to come here. It’s quality service, it’s intentionality, its beauty, its art, its music. It’s something that means exactly what it says, I’m crowning my clients.”
"People can expect vibes, really cool vibes when they come to CRWN. They can expect to encounter art that they may or may not understand. They will encounter different smells. They will encounter plants. They will encounter an overall experience, that when you leave, you realize you had an experience that’s a little different than what it typically is for men."
“People are shocked when they first come in. ‘So this is just you in here?’ I think they are expecting the traditional barber shop setup and maybe the intimacy of just one person is a little bit much at first. I can sense it and I know how to make people feel comfortable, 'you’re ok, it’s ok, this is going to be fun.'”
“I think in our culture we fill space with talking, noise, distractions, and it keeps you from meditating or praying, growing. Sometimes those thoughts are hard so we just pull our phone out and say we are doing just fine. The awkward silence at CRWN is embraced. To realize it’s ok to have a quiet moment in 2018, thats hard. It’s an easy space to not look at your phone because there’s art to look at. There’s always something to grab you in the real world. I believe there are times when you need to be able to relax, actually think and breathe, have some silence, and I think that gets lost.”
“It’s important for us to remember that we're in the service industry and that's the beauty of it. It’s not about us. Not to say we aren’t important. There's a balance of knowing that we are. We do get to serve people for a lot of things that are monumental or sometimes tough moments in their lives. I’ve literally cut someone for every big event of their lives. I think that's really awesome. It made me realize like 'wow I think I see my client more than they see their doctor in a year' and that’s pretty cool. I appreciate every single client, without them there is no CRWN.”