Episode 16

E016: Giving a Life-Saving Haircut with Founder & CEO of The Lions Barber Collective, Tom Chapman

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Episode Show Notes

With the heart of a lion and the hair to match, Tom Chapman is a truly inspirational beacon in our industry, leading a focus on mental health and performing life-saving charity work. 


Not only is this industry icon eliminating a much needed stigma, but he’s an award-winning barber, speaker, author, international speaker, and even has a movie on Amazon Prime video.


In this episode of The Salonology Show, Tom goes into detail about the incredible initiatives that are helping to link their patrons with much needed resources, their fundraising events such as The Lions Roar Run, and their ambitious expansion plans. 


From this episode, we’re aiming to raise £10,000 for The Lions Barber Collective and want to enlist as many of the tribe as possible! 


To donate – or even better to take part in the run yourself – follow the link to our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/team/teamsalonology


Content Warning: This episode does discuss the sensitive subject of suicide, raising awareness for the resources available for those in need.  For resources on The Lions Barber Collective, visit www.thelionsbarbercollective.com, or for immediate support call Samaritans on 116 123.


This episode of The Salonology Show covers:

  • The touching story behind the start of Tom’s journey
  • Breaking down the stigma around talking about mental health
  • What makes barbers the ideal touchpoint for mental support
  • How telling stories in a positive light can save lives
  • The Lions Barber Collective’s plans to expand the charity’s reach


This episode of The Salonology Show is sponsored by Timely.

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Links and References

Tom Chapman: https://www.instagram.com/tomchapman_hair/

The Lions Barber Collective: www.thelionsbarbercollective.com


Help us raise £10,000 for The Lions Collective: https://www.justgiving.com/team/teamsalonology

Watch ‘The 1.7 Million Pound Haircut’ on Amazon Prime Video:



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Timely: https://www.gettimely.com/gb/

Get in touch: hello@salonology.uk


Episode Highlights

“The whole journey started off when I lost a friend to suicide in 2014. I was completely unaware that he was struggling, and I wasn’t really that aware of mental health before that point. I obviously had mental health because everybody has mental health.” – 5:30 – Tom Chapman


“We’ll never truly know the reach that we have. But the more people we train, and the more people that have the ability to feel comfortable talking about these things, the more impact.” – 8:05 – Tom Chapman


“Our mission is to create non-judgmental safe spaces, non-clinical, where people feel safe and comfortable to talk about their mental wellbeing and their mental health, and then be able to support them and give them information about resources and support that is available.” – 10:25 – Tom Chapman


“We’ve just got very good at pretending to be okay, because a lot of the time when we do open up, people are very uncomfortable and don’t know how to respond when a man does so. And it works both ways; we’re uncomfortable doing it because people are uncomfortable hearing it.” – 17:00 – Tom Chapman


“If you tell success stories, like the story about Paul, whose journey the film follows – we talk about Paul and how he’s gone on and meet his parents – those kinds of things are hugely impactful and can actually save up to two lives in the following calendar year.” – 22:57 – Tom Chapman


“By having this space, we’re going to be able to provide an amazing haircut, an amazing experience and look after people in the chair. All the barbers will be trained, and it’s going to be a donation effectively. When you pay to have your haircut, you’ll be paying for that barber to live, but any profit is going straight back to the charity, to go into training and awareness and campaigns.” – 26:25 – Tom Chapman


“The idea is that we’ll work with the Worshipful Company Of Barber Surgeons to go into the Greater London area, and select five to seven students who are rising stars, but probably not going to be able to achieve stuff through poverty or situational issues.” – 39:02 – Tom Chapman





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