Following up on Charlotte's Cuban Adventure from last month. We are excited to share some of Charlotte's pictures with the very happy barbers she donated Akito scissors to in Havana.
Well done Charlotte and Thank you.
Following up on our inspiring trip to Cuba earlier this year, where we donated scissors to hairdressers and barbers of Havana.
We were excited to learn that Akito Family member Charlotte had a trip planned and that she was happy to take scissors on our behalf to make further donations to our Cuban hair family.
Well done Charlotte, we are looking forward to hearing all about your adventure.
Students are keen to learn all techniques of hairdressing and how to care for their new Akito scissors with the Akito scissorology course, keeping their scissors working in their optimum condition.
One of the highlights of our humanitarian trip to Cuba was meeting Williams. A self taught barber doing great hair cuts and fades with kitchen scissors and clippers that had to be taped to hold the blades in place!
John and Williams spent three evenings together sharing ideas.
Williams shared his secret techniques and self taught skills of how to achieve great hair cuts with a razor blade and set of clippers held together with tape and some kitchen scissors!
Needless to say, he is now the proud owner of two pairs of Akito scissors and John showed him how to care for them to keep them working at their optimum.
In April Team Akito took part in the hairdressers humanitarian trip to Cuba, the goal was to teach and donate scissors to the hairdressers and barbers in Havana. One of the highlights of the trip was finding Williams a 24 year old self taught barber working in a corner of an alley surrounded by piles of rubble. He was creating great haircuts with a pair of kitchen scissors, a razor blade and a pair of clippers that were held together with tape.Williams was featured on the front page of the New York Times last year, with a headline saying "With a little you can achieve a lot".
On 23rd March 2017, John and Bronte from Team Akito will be heading to Havana in Cuba to take part in the Hairdressers Humanitarian trip.
The aim of the trip is to offer free education to students of the Artecorte school, which was started by the inspirational Papito (The Daddy of hairdressing in Havana).
Papito’s story is amazing, he turned his house into a barbers shop and school, to teach the youngsters of the area hairdressing for free. His dream was to change the area he lived in, from what was a run down street in Havana, into what it has become now:
A progressive community and a tourist attraction known as Barber Alley.
Papito’s achievements and vision inspired a meeting with President Obama on his visit to Cuba.
To hear what President Obama said about Papito during his speech when he visited Cuba, please click on this link.
This year there has been an ongoing appeal to collect old used hairdressing scissors, to be attached to a scissor shaped monument that has been erected in Barber Alley, as a symbol of unity amongst hairdressers from around the world.
Due to the restrictions that have been in place for many years, there is a lack of many basic items. The main request for this trip has been for educational material, because of restricted internet there is very limited knowledge of what is happening in the rest of the world.
Our appeal to you is for videos or images of your work that could be loaded on a USB stick and sent to us, to arrive before the 22nd March.
You maybe interested in finding out more. Here are a few more links to help:
'Papito': Havana’s socially-minded hair entrepreneur
Scissors for Cuba
Papitos Havana Hair Salon
For further information or to get involved please contact us