Paul Serville’s life-changing haircut
Anyone who has had a great haircut can attest that you will feel great. But in 1968, 15-year-old Paul Serville had his $ 2 haircut that really changed his life.
“I walked out of there feeling so amazing in my own skin that I walked back to my mom and said, ‘I found what I wanted to do’.
If its name sounds a little familiar to you, it is because “Servilles” is now synonymous with hairdressing in New Zealand. Paul Serville has three salons in Auckland, as well as an academy training hundreds of new hairdressers each year.
It all started with this special haircut. Realizing the power of a good hairdresser, Paul returned to the salon, desperate to cut himself. He received an apprenticeship and less than two years later won the New Zealand Hairdressing Championships. He was still only 16 years old.
He can now train aspiring hairdressers, but he learned by watching the pros.
“I was boring all the good hairdressers in Auckland, I was going to ask if I could look. They were kidding me or being sarcastic, but I was just on a mission. I was probably a nasty young child. I wanted to control my destiny and my future ”.
In the mid-90s, Servilles was booming. But Paul felt that the business side of the operation needed more work. It was time to put down his scissors.
To learn more about how Paul took Servilles to a whole new level, listen to the HP Business Class podcast with Heather du Plessis-Allan here: