Anike Serrano getting her hair styled by the Headhunter Traron Johnson. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
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Usually when one thinks of hairdressing or hairstyling, females come to mind. But not anymore. Males are now the go-to, some doing hair better than females.
Right here in Barbados, Headhunter Ronny is one of the hottest hairstylists around.
Real name Traron Johnson, the 25-year-old has been doing hair since he was 11 years old.
In an interview with EASY magazine, while doing a sew in weave for a client, Ronny said he was always interested in doing hair.
“I was about 11 when I did my first hairdo. It was flat twists and a ponytail. When I finished high school in Canada, I moved back to Barbados and I used to spend a lot of time in my aunts salon. My mum used to do hair as well. So it just came natural for me,” he said.
Ronny said when he completed high school, he was looking for something to do and it only made sense for him to go after something he really loved.
“I was 18 when I started doing hair professionally. I had just finished school and I was trying to figure out what to do now. Hairdressing was the natural progression for me. I started doing my best friend’s hair and it went from there,” he recalled.
As for the name of his salon, he got the idea from a movie he watched as a teenager.
“When I was 15 or so, I was watching a show that had a salon in it called Headhunters. So I said if I ever had a salon, I would call it Headhunters. Then everyone calls me Ronny so I just merged the two and it really grew on me,” he explained.
And while doing hair may seem unorthodox in some spheres, for those around Ronny, it was quite normal. He enjoyed the support from his parents from the get-go. This was something he said he was very grateful for.
“My parents have supported me from the start 100 per cent. I used to always play with my sister’s hair from the time I was young, so it came as no surprise to them.
“It was normal for them to see me doing hair because I was doing it at home for the longest time,” he said.
Outside of his family, Ronny said he never got any negative feedback from the public either.
“I never got any negative feedback from anyone for being a male and doing hair. At least I never heard any,” he said.
Over the last eight years, he has been steadily building his clientele and enjoying a thriving career.
“It’s been going great for the last eight years. I have customers that have been with me for the past eight years. I have a lot of repeat customers. I also have a large customers. I give my regulars preference before others though,” he said thankfully.
And everything he knows, he taught himself.
“Everything I do, I learnt myself. I would watch a few YouTube videos and I would just practise over and over until I perfected it,” he said.
Ronny said anything fancy he liked, and these days, he really loved doing the lace front wigs.
“I liked being called a hairstylist. I do more weaves and styling. I do everything though. But I mostly like weaves, especially lace fronts. It’s more fun. Only thing I don’t do is natural hair. Recently I’ve loved doing lace frontals; it’s a lot more exciting and more challenging and I love a challenge. You have to try to make it look as realistic as possible,” he added.
And when he’s not in the salon, Ronny is still doing hair. He told EASY magazine it really was his life.
“I started selling lace wigs then. So out of normal work time I’m up making wigs. I can’t see myself doing anything else. If I wasn’t doing this, I probably wouldn’t be doing anything at all,” Ronny added.
Outside of doing hair, Ronny is a self-proclaimed “party animal’’.
“When I’m not doing hair, I have a pretty major social life. When I’m not in hair, I’m on the road at some fete or party, drinking, eating, and just enjoying my life,” he said with his kilowatt smile.
Ronny also offered some advice to males wanting to get into the field. He said once they have the talent they should go for it.
“ . . . The first couple years were hard, but you just have to keep going and going, keep trying and the rewards will come,” he added. (DB)