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By Bavina Sookdeo
PICTURE THIS: -- Sitting in a chair at your favourite
salon waiting to get a haircut, when your hairstylist
walks in, picks up his scissors and comb, puts on a
blindfold and gets started. Sounds scary, right?
Well, it isn't for clients of Kerry, owner of KÓR Salon
and Spa for over 10 years. Kerry, known as 'The Hair
Guru', can cut clients' hair blindfolded. "He is that
good," says one client. The young entrepreneur
started doing blindfolded cuts after he jokingly
claimed he could do it with his eyes closed. Since
then, he has attracted the curiosity of clients visiting
KÓR Salon and Spa just to get that "special service".
The name KÓR was coined from his own name, of
Irish derivative, and translates to "Kerrygold". The 33-
year-old owner is committed to providing first-class
treatments and services to his clients. The ambience
is ethereal and of international standard. He believes
the combination of a modern salon and great cus-
tomer relations is fundamental for a successful busi-
The well-trained hairstylist is disenchanted with
what he terms, "YouTube professionals or house-
schooled hairstylists." Having done more than
50,000 haircuts, he says, "People need to respect
'real' hairdressers now, because the profession has
gained more prestige and social status, especially in
the US and UK. Education is key to becoming effi-
cient and elevated in any profession. There's a lot of
theory involved in hair and skin care that most are
not aware of, coupled with astute business and man-
agement etiquette. As a stylist you have to know
hair and how it responds to a lot of factors. Hair-
dressing is an art-form, a way of expressing my cre-
ativity, and an expression of one's self. You need to build your foundation and re-
inforce that with ongoing knowledge, training and exposure to current trends
He looks after the training of his employees as well. "I see this as an investment
for my clients". The Hair Guru has worked and trained with Angus Mitchell of
John Paul Mitchell Systems, Lydia Sarfati of Repêchage Skin Care, and es-
teemed colleagues in the industry. He has completed Repêchage's Masters
Class for Aesthetics in the US amongst other workshops and events.
His ambition is to bring innovative and modern concepts to his clientele, making
once seemingly unattainable services in Trinidad accessible at a level of sophisti-
cation needed to keep the industry booming with fresh ideas and ultra-chic ap-
Kerry is a true spiritualist at heart. He pointed out that the key to success in any
endeavour is knowing "your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the
only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only
way to do great work is to do what you love, and do it whole-heartedly." He en-
couraged, "Thrive on your dreams because they eventually become your reality.
My passion for what I do has fuelled my ambition to be the best and has cre-
ated a successful business with a dedicated clientele."
Kerry has hopes of developing this industry, but he emphasized that "People
need to see this as a profession, and not a trade. I class myself as being in the
same category as other esteemed professionals."
And there is no doubt that he is a professional. Kerry has been featured in
American Salon and Spa through Repêchage for his work and entrepreneurship
as a leading salon and spa in the Caribbean. The stylist also writes for Caribbean
Belle and other publications. He is the stylist for several television presenters,
news anchors and local celebrities, and has launched several brands of profes-
sional hair-care products locally. He insists that he is "living his dream job". Kerry
recently launched the internationally acclaimed 'Kérastase' brand and created his
own signature therapeutic massage candle.
Asked who he would like to thank for his success, Kerry laughed, "Me, myself
and I, because I believed in myself." He then thanked the universe for his good
fortune, his distributors Wendy Lynch - Anthony P Scott, Shalimar Mohammed
- Oscar Francois Ltd., Rosemary Costa - Salon Essentials, Narissa Lall - Ruupa
Company Limited, Lydia Sarfati - Repêchage USA, and his clientele for believing
in and supporting him.
Next time you're in Central, you can visit KÓR Salon and Spa at Gaston
Courts, Lange Park, Chaguanas for a full range of quality services.
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