My name is Jen Winters and I am 31 years old. I have been in the hair game for 14years, and am now the proud owner of PhoneyPony Barbers in Chelmsford Essex. I started out as a hairdresser before making the transition to barbering, which has served me well in my scissor technique and styling. I have spent time working in both the UK and across the pond in Australia, cutting hair for some of the best shops whilst travelling, picking up new techniques and cultures along the way. I would say my style is definitely old school, with accomplished scissor techniques and modern fading work.
I have used matakki scissors for several years. I find them comfortable in the hand and very sharp! I love the feel and the overall finish of the hair with each cut. I also think that the brand is really representing barbers in a forward thinking way, producing not only stylish but very practical finishes on each tool, for any style of barber to get great results. I think what makes me unique is my understanding and love of diversity and what that brings to my chair. Every client I work with has his or her own individual personality and style. I believe that barbering is about sharing ideas not just with fellow barbers but with clients too. I am always learning and pushing myself technically with my passion for constantly achieving the best haircut for each person.
Throughout my years in the barbering industry, I was always in the background of the shop. Something that forever frustrated me and ultimately gave me the drive and determination to open my own shop. Since that day 17months ago, I have pushed my work and myself forward no end! I now have a growing business with staff, whom I continually mentor. I have educated at college and held education days. My work has been published in two magazines (Barber EVO and BarerberNV). Since winning Barber of the Year at The Great British Barber Bash i have done a lot of stage work not only here in the UK but also over seas such as Amsterdam. I love to share my knowledge with other barbers and hopefully inspire them too.
My proudest moment is definitely the day I opened the door to my own shop. I now have the opportunity to create the environment I have always dreamed of as a barber, and to lead and inspire my own team to bring out the very best in each of them. I have also won The Great British Barber of the year 2018! This was an overwhelming experience that helped me put my name out into this expanding industry, featuring my work and voice in serval magazines. The last achievement under my belt is that i landed a role as a global ambassador for Kingbrown Pomade.
There are many people that inspire me, but I am a real sucker for a pomp and the old school styles. The Bloody Butcher, Simon Harvey, Pirate Paul and Emma Richardson to name but a few. Like the old saying, “There are many ways to get to the same destination” I believe there are many ways to barber. I think it’s also valuable to sometimes watch even the most inexperienced of barbers as they can often inspire new techniques to help you develop your own.
My advice to anyone in this game, and my favourite saying… You never stop learning! As an artist, you can be your biggest critique! I think its super valuable and important to listen and keep learning. Looking back from time to time at where you started and be proud of your progress.