Jamaica Gleaner / Last week, we featured a male cosmetologist. This week, we present a male hairstylist.
He works five to six days a week, catering to more than 15 clients per day, standing for the whole time. But this is no bother to Belal Alkhateeb, popular male hairstylist in the Corporate Area, who says that through practice and good business acumen, he has been able to make a name for himself in the hairstyle industry.
The Jordan native, who has been living in Jamaica for the last 15 years, said that his love for the craft started while he was going to school in Montreal, Canada, when schoolmates would randomly ask him to cut or trim their hair. It was then that he realised that it was a skill he could develop. That he did, and he has never looked back.
“I have no problem doing work like this, (and) despite the number of hours I have to stand on my feet, it doesn’t matter. I get miserable with some clients if they miss their appointments because that throws me off big time, so that’s the only thing that bothers me from time to time,” he said.
“I didn’t do it for income because I love it. The last five years in Jamaica I have worked at Blow by Blow (business place). I also did some house-to-house business until I have been able to be on my own,” he continued.
PERSONALITY AND CONFIDENCE KEY
Offering services such as wet and dry cuts, kids cuts, eyebrow threading and styling, he indicated that having a good personality and confidence are traits that have kept him among the best in the field.
“The number-one thing with this job is that you have to have personality to be able to survive. You also need confidence because that’s what clients want. They love to know that you know what you are doing, and it is not just here in Jamaica, all over the world. Persons love when you are confident,” he said.
“If you take it serious and you work hard, you will be successful. It took me years to make my name, but I kept practising. I don’t worry about competition because I love what I do. This is my happy place. When I come to work, I just forget about everything. You also have to be constantly learning to know the new styles, the new colours, and what is going on.”
Being an avid football lover, he said his dream is to be the hairstylist for a renowned footballer.