Barber Ollie’s new business offers a close shave

Ollie Tibble has just launched a new men's grooming parlour, where he offers traditional cut throat razor shaves.
The business is based at Potters leisure resort, Hopton.
Ollie working on customer Martin Lesh. Ollie Tibble has just launched a new men's grooming parlour, where he offers traditional cut throat razor shaves. The business is based at Potters leisure resort, Hopton. Ollie working on customer Martin Lesh.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
6:30 PM

It’s a close shave for one barber bringing back the straight razor to the region.

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Ollie Tibble has just launched a new men's grooming parlour, where he offers traditional cut throat razor shaves.
The business is based at Potters leisure resort, Hopton.
Ollie working on customer Martin Lesh.Ollie Tibble has just launched a new men's grooming parlour, where he offers traditional cut throat razor shaves. The business is based at Potters leisure resort, Hopton. Ollie working on customer Martin Lesh.

Ollie Tibble, 24, who has deemed the straight razor as a “luxury” and a “treat” for men, is establishing his own mobile business.

Ollie, who lives in Great Yarmouth, started his venture three months ago travelling to homes and workplaces as far as Bradwell, Gorleston and Caister.

For two months he has been honing his skills at Potters Leisure Resort Hopton where he works part time at the Aphrodite Beauty Studio.

Ollie, 22, said the idea stemmed from wanting to cater for the groom on his wedding day.

Ollie Tibble has just launched a new men's grooming parlour, where he offers traditional cut throat razor shaves.
The business is based at Potters leisure resort, Hopton.
Ollie working on customer Martin Lesh.Ollie Tibble has just launched a new men's grooming parlour, where he offers traditional cut throat razor shaves. The business is based at Potters leisure resort, Hopton. Ollie working on customer Martin Lesh.

He said: “The bride gets the dress, the make up and the hair, the bloke just gets to wear the suit.

He added many younger men are wanting to experience the benefits of a close shave, and for the older generation they are brought back to the old fashioned technique.

Ollie said hot towel shaves using a straight razor are making a big comeback, with businesses introducing the technique in cities where “you can find one on virtually every street corner.”

He revealed he is completely self taught and picked up some tips from his father who he remembers using a straight razor.

One false move could lead to a very nasty incident and he joked: “My brother and dad were reluctant to let me practice on them, I must be doing ok, no one has died.”

The barber said many men, after using the shop bought razor, are surprised at the smooth skin they are left with after a straight razor shave.

He added that electric shavers leave no visible hair but you can still feel the stubble and they can often leave you with a rash.

Ollie, who lives with partner Sophie Roberts, said: “I had a chap a couple of weeks ago who said it was officially the closest shave he has ever had.”

The barber is currently juggling his new business with working on the bars at the leisure resort in the hoping of getting enough money to fund his venture.

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