Blackpool barbering's Ben brings masterclass to B&FC

Published on 08/01/2020 by DTHACK

Ben Reynolds showed he was a cut above the rest when he returned to B&FC to show hairdressing and barbering students some style. Ben, proprietor of The Huntsman in Layton, spent a day with three of his team at the college giving students a series of barbering demonstrations.

Ben's no stranger to B&FC. He successfully completed both catering and hairdressing and barbering qualifications while at the college - which gave him the inspiration to set up his own business.

Ben's first move after college was to a salon on Blackpool's Topping Street - where he offered to work for free. 

Ben quickly showed his skills and was soon on his way to opening up his own place.

After subletting a chair at a Layton salon he was offered the chance to take over the business. After a transformation of the salon Ben and his team built up a solid reputation which they continue to grow.

Then a lease came up at his current premises on Westcliffe Drive where he has seven chairs. His team includes two apprentices - one, another Ben, who is currently studying barbering at B&FC.

Ben Reynolds is in the process of launching a barbering academy with business partner Will Shaw..

Ben said: "The academy for me is a way I can give back to this community that has been such a great support to me.

"It's really rewarding seeing students grow into their roles with mentoring."

Ben was no stranger to winning competitions while at B&FC. He was the North West winner in the highly-prized World Skills competition and urged students to follow in his footsteps and snap up as many opportunities as possible.

Ben has also been a judge in B&FC's Skills Clash competition.

He admits that he was always destined to build a barbering business. "My mum always used to say to me you're bound to become a barber - you spend so much time looking in mirrors," joked Ben.

Ben always had a passion for getting things right and making things with his hands. His dad ran a restaurant which inspired him to get into catering.

But it wasn't until he'd been travelling - 'getting a load of ropy haircuts', he said - and meeting a hairdresser from the Trafford Centre on a plane back to the UK that he was inspired to change direction and get into barbering.

Ben is justifiably proud of Huntsman's high regard in the eyes of his customers.

He puts that down to providing an excellent service to Blackpool's close-knit community, and building relationships and forming bonds with clients.

Ben had some crucial advice for students. "Always stay positive and stay on it. You need a passion for industry, and love giving customers the best service possible.

"If you truly love it, you'll stick at it. While you're studying ask to work some free days in a salon, ask your tutors loads of questions, and take part in as many competitions as you can."

Cassie Whittle, B&FC programme lead for hairdressing and barbering, said she and the students were delighted to learn from Ben and his team.

"We're thrilled that people like Ben have so much time to help guide our students and inspire them to choose rewarding careers," said Cassie.

"Ben has been a fantastic student here at B&FC and his continued contributions as a guest tutor really give the college a boost."

In a fast-moving business Ben spends a lot of time keeping on top of the latest styles and trends. You can follow Ben's continued success on Huntsman's social media profiles:

  • Twitter: @HuntsmanBarbers
  • Instagram: Huntsman Male Grooming

Photo shows Ben Reynolds with B&FC's Cassie Whittle.