Now Turkish barber shops are increasingly becoming a norm on the British high streets, and clients are catching onto the drama-infused wellness lifestyle on offer. Even the most traditionally masculine clients like footballers appreciate the full pampering package. Rio Ferdinand, the first footballer to get the full Senol service, was so pleased with the henna dye treatment that corrected his beard patches that it wasn’t long until his fellow footballers were jostling to book in with the Barber King.
However unique, the service is also equalising, and in this regard Senol finds something in common with other barbers. “Why are barbershops different to salons?” He asks. “It’s not exclusive. Our doors are open to everyone. In the waiting area, you can see teachers, lawyers, electricians, footballers, homeless–everybody is equal here.” The long days working until midnight in his early career, serving anyone who came in, even past closing time, have definitely paid off. Senol has travelled around the world, flying out to cut hair for celebrities. With no sign of slowing down, he remembers solemnly the mantra his father taught him: “Don’t be afraid of work. Let work be afraid of you.”
Barber King is located at 74 Baker Street, London W1U 6TB