Barber Set to Battle Kilimanjaro

Published 26th Sep 2023 by Josie Jackson
Daniel Rymer has been specialising in male grooming for the past eight years, but following the pandemic, he’s decided it’s time to make some big changes to his business. From rethinking his business plans to climbing Kilimanjaro, we sat down to have a chat about everything he’s got lined up…

“Running a business takes over your life slightly,” Daniel shares when we sit down to chat. “I always used to love shooting beautiful collections, but since Covid, it’s been a real struggle trying to keep the business going in general. A lot of people always say that everything’s great, but then a few months later you see them shutting down their salon.”

Discussing the effects Covid, and the 'cost of doing business crisis', have had on his salon in more detail, Daniel says: “Some of my self-employed staff are making more money than I’m taking home. My electricity bill is going up 300%, I had to let go of my assistant.

“I’ve had a real tough time, and I would love to be able to give back slightly and reach out to other barbers that are in a similar position,” he explains. “Not just in terms of business, but personally, with my own mental health. Lockdown was the worst thing ever for me, being someone so creative. I went from working 10-hour days to sitting on my bum doing nothing. I put on two stone in weight, and I was just really unhappy.” He continues: “I just think it’s time that we were all a little more honest about it and admit that it’s normal to be struggling through these circumstances.”

Reflecting upon his own struggles, and those of the people around him, Daniel has decided to undertake a big challenge to raise funds for a local homeless charity: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Explaining his decision, he says: “I’ve been glued to my business recently, but I’m turning 40 next year and I want to challenge myself both physically and mentally. At one point I was very close to having to liquidate my own business, and if that happened, I don’t know where I would be.” To donate to Daniel's cause, just click here.

Daniel says his plan is to explain his journey on a journey, while cutting hair on the way. “There’s 18 of us going, all independent business owners from Bristol, and we’ll be documenting the experience. I plan on doing a haircut on the summit, which will be the highest haircut ever done, while also discussing the plans for my business going forward."

We’ll be catching up with Daniel after his incredible journey to hear all about his experience and learn more about what’s coming up for his salon, so be sure to follow @modernbarbermag on Instagram to stay up to date with all of our content.

If your business has also taken a hit following the 'cost of doing business crisis', why not visit Salon Internation, where a whole host of business seminars will be on offer to help give you a boost.

Image credit: Tristan Balme
Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 26th Sep 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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