Johnny, The Baba

Regardless of your profession or position, everyone has to work. As the boss, I have to lead by example.

Johnny Shanahan is an undeniable force to be reckoned in the barbering world and the brainchild behind Barber Barber UK.

Having sold his business in Limerick, he decided to put everything into a venture that would see him go onto become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in his field. Barber Barber UK officially opened its doors in Manchester in November 2013. Five years later, he now has seven stores across the UK and an academy which has seen students travel from as far as the Middle East to learn from him. A strong believer in technique, Johnny has worked at London Fashion Week, heading up the mens hair team for luxury brands. He was the men’s hair lead for the Style Masters Paris Show (Parc de Versailles) and has also been a judge in the American All Star Challenge for two years running (largest mens hair competition in the world).

Name: Johnny Shanahan
Profession: Businessman
Instagram: @MRJOHNNY_BABA

What drives you to get out of bed in the morning?

Personally, I don’t think that you should need drive to get out of bed. Regardless of your profession or position, everyone has to work. As the boss, I have to lead by example.

What is your philosophy when it comes to running your business?

All or nothing

If you could be anyone, do anything in the world, what would you do and who would you be?

I would be myself. When I was younger, I spent years trying to be someone else. Now I am just happy being me.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds what would you say?

Stop killing each other

Life rules to live by?

Stay true to yourself and work hard