Brooke Dolan, educator, shop owner and badass barber.
Brooke Dolan, educator, shop owner and badass barber.

When it comes to barbering, it’s not just a man’s world. Meet Brooke Dolan, Gibs Grooming national educator and owner of Two Bit Barbershop in Fort Collins, CO, a mobile barbershop that provides high quality men’s haircuts, traditional cut throat shaves with hot towels and beard shaping. Dolan shared with MODERN:

MODERN SALON: What do you love about being in the hair industry?
BROOKE DOLAN: Every day brings new learning experiences. Being in this ever evolving field helps me to constantly grow both as a business owner and as an individual. I am lucky to have the best clients that make me feel like I get to spend my days with friends.

MS: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
BD: I have an original 1932 Ford that I race in dirt drags, hill climbs and beach races.

MS: What is the most exciting part of being a Gibs educator?
BD: Meeting new people and having the opportunity to learn from some amazing people.

MS: How would you describe your personal style?
BD: Greaser girl who digs Dixxon flannels, chucks and cuffed jeans but also the girl who likes 40’s updo’s, dresses, heels and vintage fur coats.

MS: What is your advice to future hair professionals still in school?
Don’t listen to the negativity and have enough faith in yourself to smash every single one of your goals.

MS: What is the best advice you received in your career and from who?
My husband, who owns three tattoo shops, always gives me advice! He says a business is worth nothing if you don’t own the property it sits on. Never buy someone else a building with your hard earned money.

MS: What was your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
BD: When I got my barbers license, no one wanted to interview me, let alone hire me. I wasn’t a cosmetologist or hairstylist so people assumed I couldn’t cut women’s hair. The barbershops in town weren’t hiring or wanted years of experience which I didn’t have. So, I opened up my own shop and here we are now.

MS: What cringeworthy hairstyle have you had in the past? 
BD: My Grandma in Texas used to take me to get perms when I was little. Which would have been fine if she didn’t also have my hair cut short making me look like a 12 year old version of a Golden Girl!!

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