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Sunraysia Life January 4, 2019
When did you open Slip Rocks?
March 2017, so it's nearly going on two
years. I think we had the last one, Outta
Kontrol, for about five years. It's been good.
When I opened the barber shop it hadn't
really taken off but over the past four years
barbering has been really big across Australia
and taken off all through the cities.
Why do you think there has been a
resurgence in men's grooming?
I suppose social media plays a big par t in
most things, so that's helped a lot. Men are
seeing, be it, a soccer player overseas or an AFL
player they might idolise and they are star ting
to care about themselves as much as women
I have some clients who get a haircut
weekly, and I have one who gets his hair cut
twice a week, so I guess men just want to feel
and appear more respectable.
Do you find that styles that are "in"
change year to year?
A little bit. Like I said about the sports
players – that plays a big role in what's
popular. But all your traditional stuff is always
there, even if it's changed small amounts, it's
still the fundamentals of the classic stuff.
What has been popular most
At the moment a lot of people, especially
coming into summer, are going for nice, shor t
crew cuts down to skin, even shaved on the top
down to threes, fours and twos.
Obviously, when Richmond won the AFL
Grand Final in 2017, ever yone wanted the
Dusty (Dustin Martin) cut.
Patty Cripps (Patrick Cripps) was popular
in 2018. A lot of boys came in through the AFL
season wanting the Patty Cripps and the De
Goey (Jordan De Goey). It's funny, a haircut is
generally named after something or someone
Do you think facial
hair plays a role in
haircut someone would
Yeah, definitely. Facial hair
comes in and out a lot. In
Australia, it's really taken off,
then it died off and then it's
come back again.
But a lot of people don't
go too out there, for example,
if they've got a big beard. But
even then, it depends if you're
keeping your beard maintained.
Some office guys have beards now
and they're keeping them really nice
and neat with clean lines.
Do you find that the styles that
are popular differ between age
Our client base in here is from around
12-year-olds, maybe a bit younger, all the way
through to 60-year-olds. What you do for work
and stuff like that is what determines how
hardcore you'll go with your hair and how
conser vative you are.
So I suppose age does play a little bit of a
factor. When you're at school, some schools
don't allow kids to have cer tain hair cuts. But
I feel like a haircut, especially when you're
younger, is sort of a good way to star t to create
you as you, to establish what you like and
stuff like that.
Do you have any tips for men who
want to get a specific cut but are a
We get a lot of clients like that and that's
where the shop tries to make ever yone who
walks in feel comfortable, and have a bit of a
laugh with them.
Nowadays, with Google, social media and
what not, if you're not 100 per cent sure on
your style, you can find something like it on
the internet. It always makes it a bit easier
because a lot of guys don't know how to
explain a haircut.
But we get a lot of guys coming in unsure
of what they want and it's good – it makes our
job fun too.
Sometimes guys can come in and they're
feeling a bit down, but then you give them a
good haircut and have a bit of a laugh with
them and all of a sudden they feel good about
What styles do you predict to be big
It's hard to say. Again, you could always
go back to the traditional stuff – I always feel
like that'll be there, like your pompadours and
getting the hair nice and short with side par ts
shaved in. I think that's been around for the
last two or three years and I think it'll stay for
another couple. But I suppose if Richmond
wins the flag again, the Dustys will keep on
If there's one man in Sunraysia that knows hair, it's Sammy
Pileggi. The owner and head barber at Slip Rocks Barber Shop
chats with Teagan Bell about hair trends, the influence of
social media and why men's grooming is back in business.
Pictures: Carmel Zaccone.
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