Samuel Mona: The boy who dreams to explore the world with a clipper

Samuel Mona: The boy who dreams to explore the world with a clipper

Samuel Mona is a Nigerian hairstylist gifted with the unique ability of cutting hair with both hands and at the same engaging in a conversation with his clients from across the world.

Raised in the Northern region of Nigeria, Samuel discovered his passion for cutting people’s hair during his elementary stage in school. The clipper became his tool for survival and fulfillment.

In an exclusive interview with Samuel Mona, we had a chance to learn more about him:


What motivated you to become a hairstylist?

Because it makes people look good 🙂

I just love to make people look good. That was why I chose to cut people’s hair. Being that guy that moves around you turning your head all through just to make you smile and feel really confident when you stare at yourself in the mirror — when I’m doing the magic.

Having seen you handle a clipper with both hands effortlessly while cutting a client’s hair, we would like to know how you were able to master such a skill?

It is not easy for many stylists. It comes naturally to me. I believe it’s a gift from God. I can’t really tell when I started exchanging the clipper from one hand to another. It just happened that I was doing it. It is simply normal for me. People always ask me how. But I do put more effort to improve my skills.

What challenges have you faced?

For now there’s no hairstyle that I find difficult. New styles are always coming out. I always follow the trend. Basically, knowing how to shave, blend and carve the hair perfectly defines your skill as a barber. If you can cut the hair, blend well, and carve well, then you’re good.

But the only challenge is understanding the nature of people’s hair. You’ve to be careful when styling North Africans and people from Asia. It is a different ball game when styling an Egyptian compared to a Chinese. Chinese hair is very soft and sometimes my clients prefer me using scissors. The first time a Chinese man requested I use scissors it never scared me to give it a try. I take my time to observe the hair then I go gently. I have also persuaded one of them into allowing me to use a clipper before.

These foreigners enjoy how they look when I’m done and sometimes ask if I could travel with them abroad. I’ll love to travel round the world cutting people’s hair.

So where do you see yourself in the nearest future?

My dream is to become the number one hairstylist for celebrities — musicians, footballers, name them 🙂

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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