One of South Africa’s most popular barbershops brought its highly rated services to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Friday.
Barbers from the Legends Barbershop, which is rated Gauteng’s number one barbershop, arrived at UJ’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus in their luxury mobile barbershop to give haircuts to students for only half their normal price.
Students came in numbers to get their haircuts styled for only R60, which is a 50% discount from Legends’ normal rate. Customers, who wanted more elaborate designs, were asked to pay R10 extra.
“I feel like a legend [getting] the experience that celebrities [get],” said Phakiso ‘PK’ Mtimkulu, a second-year Anthropology student at UJ. As an up-and-coming rapper, Mtimkulu felt that he needed this experience to motivate him to succeed in his prospective music career.
The shop is known for its professional hair styling expertise and boasts a star-studded client list, which includes esteemed musicians and personalities such as Cassper Nyovest, Maps Maponyane, Kwesta, Luthando ‘Loot Love’ Shosha and Nasty C amongst others.
Sheldon Tatchell, the founder and owner of the Legends Barbershop, said the company was simply reciprocating the support that they receive from UJ students.
“The support we receive from UJ is a lot, and most of the students who are queued here come to cut their hair at one of our stores,” said Tatchell. “It’s basically to come and give – just to say thank you for the support.”
Legends Barbershop organised a one of a kind experience alongside Nahum Bangura, who is the Brand Ambassador of Legends Barbershop and a UJ student himself.
Bangura explained that it was one of Legends Barbershop’s goals to attract university students as most students are aware of Legends Barbershop but they feel that it is out of reach.
“I stay at res’ and I know how some students cannot afford R120 for a haircut, so I explained this idea of a pop-up barbershop with the brand manager and owner of Legends Barbershop and they agreed,” Bangura said.
The unique pop-up barbershop was used to show people that the company’s services are not only for a select few.
“It doesn’t only cater for celebrities; it’s for everyone,” Tatchell said. “It’s also just for students to enjoy the whole experience of having a legendary haircut.”
All images courtesy of Blessed Ngwenya.