Cutting hair for more than five years, Hamlet Garcia never imagined he would own a barbershop, but when his girlfriend, Rachel Ringwood, moved from California to Miami to pursue their dream together, Garcia couldn’t turn back.
“We’re two big names in the hair industry in South Florida,” said Garcia, 28, who has more than 20,000 followers on his Instagram page and was named by Details Magazine as one of the “9 Barbers You Should Follow on Instagram.”
“We might as well do something magical,” Garcia said.
A year after the move, the couple this month opened His & Hers Parlour, an all-in-one barbershop and hair salon at 3434 NW Seventh Ave. in Wynwood.
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In addition to offering hair-styling services, Garcia and Ringwood will release a product line that ranges from pomades to hair conditioners for both men and women.
“We’re thinking long-term and we intend to build our own brand,” said Ringwood, 23, who was born in Santa Monica, California.
Garcia, who became notorious for his take on the pompadour haircut, says the style is trending because it’s fitting for any occasion.
“A barbershop is a community,” Garcia said. “It’s a place to interact with the police officer or the mailman because everyone needs a haircut.”
The hairstyle goes back to the 18th century and was named after Madame de Pompadour, a French mistress to King Louis XV in the 1700s. It’s been worn by celebrities like Elvis Presley, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.
“In Miami, it’s trending because it’s just a clean haircut,” he said. “You could have a pompadour for a wedding or have a pompadour to go to a club.”
One goal the couple aims to achieve is breaking the barriers between unisex salons, barber shops and beauty parlors, by offering clients, male and female, a place where they can feel comfortable.
“It’s going to be a very dapper place where everyone can network whether they’re a girl or a guy,” said Ringwood, who started as a makeup artist before becoming a hairstylist.
Ringwood said women today are more open to trying different styles and colors of hair than before.
“When I’m asked, ‘Can you do this pink color?’ I tell them, ‘Yeah, let’s go for it,’” Ringwood said. “There’s also base color to full color to highlights, to ombré hairstyles [hair that’s dark in the root, while the rest of the hair is light], which are used a lot in Los Angeles, but it’s becoming a trend in Miami.”
For Garcia, who worked since 2009 with his cousin William, 31, at New York Barbershop before it became Vice City Barbershop, starting this new venture meant leaving behind good friends.
“I love the people at Vice City barbershop. It’s like a second family,” Garcia said. “They’re all amazing people.”
In Florida, barbers have to complete at least 1,000 hours of training in order to be licensed by the state.
To accumulate enough hours to become a barber, Garcia went with his cousin to the juvenile jail, where he would do 40 to 60 haircuts a day.
“I owe a lot to my cousin,” Garcia said. “He was hard on me, but it got me excited to keep going rather than getting upset.”
After a day of standing for as many as 12 hours cutting hair in his barbershop with his classic chair and lights, Garcia realizes how hairstyling for both him and Ringwood is more than just a profession, but a work of art.
“From how it’s cut to how it’s combed, every hair counts,” Garcia said.
Garcia has cut the hair of many famous people, including music producer Emilio Estefan, 61, his son Nayib Estefan, 34, and grandson Sasha Estefan-Coppola, 2.
But that’s just part of the job, he says.
“Barbers are not celebrities,” Garcia said. “At the end of the day, we cut hair because we love it, not because we love the fame.”
To check out their Instagram pages: @inthecut305 or @rachelringwood
▪ What: His and Hers Parlour
▪ Where: 3434 NW 7th Ave., Miami, FL 33127
▪ Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays
▪ Cost: $25 for haircut
For more information, contact Hamlet Garcia at 305-807-7381 or Rachel Ringwood at 818-800-5771.