The word around town is that the cool place for blokes to get a haircut is with Jack in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate, but this barber has something extra for blokes.
Jack The Snipper is the vision of Paul Macnamara, a second-generation barber from Liverpool in the UK. Paul has been cutting hair for 25 years and his dream was to open a barber shop by the beach to have a crack at challenging the grooming habits of the surfers in a small beach town. Short back and sides all round.
Opened in early 2012, another part of the vision was to create a range of grooming products for men. Having grown up in his dad’s barber shops in the 1970s, Paul became very familiar with men’s styling products and creams. The smell, the texture, the feeling that they created for men getting their haircut or styling their hair for the weekend.
‘More recently, over the past 10 to 15 years, men’s hair-styling products have mainly been directed towards the fashion of the moment. I wanted to create a brand-new, go-to product for men, a product that will work, side by side, with the fashions that roll in and out. A contemporary, modern take on traditional hair products such as, for example, Brylcreem.’
Paul has endeavoured to pour 25 years’ worth of knowledge into one jar with a hair product that will suit most men’s needs. He also wanted to create a trustworthy Australian brand that you will be able to continue to buy for years to come.
‘The scent is very important,’ says Paul. ‘It’s what helps conjure memories, like in the barber shops of old. The JTS signature scent is distinctive and masculine. Woody, sweet, spicy and original.’
Paul says that every man should have a jar of Original Styling Creme in his bathroom cabinet. ‘We are very proud to say that JTS Original Styling Creme is 100 per cent Australian made, including the containers, and it’s paraben- and sulphate-free.’
Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate. For more info go to: http://www.jackthesnipper.com/barber-shop.
The old-style barber is definitely an ‘everything-old-is-new-again’ fashion. For more re-loved fashions from the past, see this week’s Fashion Feature.
~ Photos Eve Jeffery