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Conversations with Nash Cuts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nash Cuts.

Hi Nash, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started cutting hair about six years ago. I am originally from Oxnard, CA. Honestly, if you were to have asked eight years ago what I’d be doing for the rest of my life, I’d probably have answered with music or photography. Never in a million years would I have imagined I’d have a full-blown career as a professional barber. It’s something that kinda just fell into my lap. I remember growing up being very entrepreneurial and fascinated with business. I remember being in high school and using my lunch money to buy the same snacks our snack bar offered but I’d sell them a dollar less right out my locker. I come from a single-parent household and money was most definitely an issue for us. I hated seeing my mother struggle so I’d always be trying to start a business to try to make money so I could contribute more. But I quickly learned in takes money to make money. My senior year was coming around I felt like all my peers got to focus on being kids and enjoying their high school years; doing the norm and going off to college. Not me; I was trying to figure out how I could make more money to retire my mother. This has always been a goal of mine. I graduated and went straight to work. I had two retail jobs and an online business at the time. Never made much, but I learned a ton.

Every job I’ve worked, I loved to study the marketing and the structure of the company. Even though it wasn’t ideally what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I could take certain gems with me on my journey. After graduating, I slowly started coming into myself. That meant finally accepting my sexuality! I was very much in denial during high school. I remember being ready for a fresh start in life and wanting a new look. I woke up one day and decided to cut all my hair off. LOL. It was sooo long but I was tired of it and ready to be open with myself and others; it was most definitely a statement for me… So I went to the barbershop, and walking in I remember time slowing down and being so much in love with the vibes. In my head I was like I wouldn’t mind coming here everyday! I did the chop and loved my new look. I went on with my life, but in that moment is where the seed was planted for my future career. It wasn’t until years later of me dipping into almost any and everything giving struggling artist vibes when I realized I needed to pick one thing and run with it. I choose barbering. And I ran with it; still running.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has not been a smooth ride for me at all!! I cannot count on hand how many times I questioned myself and my ability in this field. There’s been so many “I quit “ moments LOL. I think my biggest challenge was learning to be secure in myself and my talents & not allowing other’s projections of me to determine how I move. I understood early in my career that the talent and the perfection of my cuts would come with time. I wasn’t worried about getting good because I knew logically the more you practice something, the better you’ll get. I had a problem with needing validation from others. Which is the ultimate self-sabotage thing you could do for yourself & your career. Once I stopped that, it was all uphill and my career suddenly got more enjoyable. I fell more in love with the process. And flourished on levels I could only imagine.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a licensed professional barber that specializes in men’s grooming. I think I’d be best known for my blends and delivering a great experience in my chair. Something I’m most proud of honestly, are my clients. I honestly think everyone that sits in my chair are the best people LA has to offer. LA’s finest for sure! I really believe I’ve attracted sincere down to earth group of people and I can say every single one of my clients I feel honored to be a part of their journeys as well as they are a part of mine. We all kinda grew up in our careers in LA together. Something that I think sets me apart from others is just my vibe to be honest. There will only be one me. I think when it comes to my work, I put a lot of myself into it. I really open up and listen to my clients. I’ve found a great deal of enjoyment in being able to listen and comfort clients through a cut. I swear a lot of my clients get a whole ass therapy session. Because I genuinely care about people! I appreciate everyone feeling comfortable in my chair and trusting me with their secrets. I don’t know what it is but most people sit in my chair & in seconds completely open up to me. I call it the “truth chair”. LOL but besides that, I’m also very proud of never giving up!

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
It’s funny because Covid showed me who I was as a barber and what I really was capable of doing. Before Covid, I was doubting myself so much. I mentioned I wanted to quit a thousand times. But, even not being in a shop, I had so many clients hitting me up for house calls! I can’t lie LOL I did one or two because rent still had to be paid. But it put into perspective how big my clientele really was and honestly made me realize I could be working for myself 1000%. After Covid going back into the shop wasn’t the same! I set up my own vibe outside the shop. A vibe I had be searching for pre-COVID for years when shop-hopping. Once the barbershops opened up again, I went back to working in shop for a couple of months. Later, I made a huge move to start my own private studio… BLACK DIAMOND GROOMING LOUNGE… Covid pushed me hard!

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