A cut above the rest

Ahmad Effendy (left) showing the art of cutting hair to his students at his shop. – Photo: ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Ahmad Effendy Ahmad Rozi is paying it forward by training barbers to follow in his footsteps.

The 39-year-old runs seven barber shops, including two in Singapore and one in Hong Kong.

Ahmad Effendy or better known as Fendi said after finishing school, he did not have the opportunity to further his studies.

“Like most Johoreans, I found work in Singapore,” he said.

He worked as a barber for a couple of years before going to Ireland to improve his skills.

He then returned to Singapore and worked there for the next 17 years.

“I then decided to return home and opened my first shop, Fendi Barbershop and The Gang, at a hypermarket in Taman Setia Indah here.

“Several teenagers approached me and wanted to learn about the business,” he said.

Fendi added that he wanted to play his part in helping them to earn a good living.

“I gave each of them responsibilities and those who do not meet the standards set, would not receive their monthly allowance.

“Many have since become professional barbers,” Fendi said, adding he has hired about 30 of them.

Currently, he is teaching a group of special needs students at Sekolah Pendidikan Khas Kulai.

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