Bounty Vegah talks to local barber Kareem in our latest MCR Spotlight series.
Kareem is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who runs his own barbershop in Deansgate, located at the heart of Manchester’s city centre. Starting at the age of 15 in a backstreet barbers, with a language barrier, he hustled away at his craft to one day fulfill his future dreams.
Learning quickly, Kareem used social media and other platforms to learn how to master his craft while developing his own signature style.
He started off a small shop in a residential area, learning about the industry he was in and the full range of services he wanted to provide. Feeling confident after doing the groundwork, he moved into the city centre opening Grade, where he is exposed to tougher competition.
For Kareem, what separates a good barber is communication and listening skills: “You can cut hair and you have been cutting hair for a long time, but can you listen?”