Old School Ilica

Frizer za muškarce Ivica

Ilica 146

Men's Haircutting and Barber Salon

Ivan Prgomet – owner
+385 (0)1 3755296

Working hours: 08:00 – 15:00, 17:00 − 19.30

"I always ask the customers what they want: high, low, short, classic cut, blow dried. You cannot follow your own ideas if the customer does not agree – if you do not do what he likes, he will not came back."

Oaza: How long have you worked as a hairdresser and how long have you had your shop in Ilica?
Ivan Prgomet: I have owned this salon since May 15th, 1970 and I have been working away ever since. That is a lot of experience, right? After finishing Trade School in Savska Street I took it over from a relative who had run it since 1934.

O: What was your specialization training like and how long did it take?
IP: I have worked as a men's hairdresser (master) since 1960 so I have over 50 years of official work experience! I have participated in numerous hairdressing competitions where it was always required to show one classic hairdo and one free style.

Oaza: You have received many certificates from the Zagreb Craftsmen Association and the Chamber of Crafts for your long-standing work and advancement of the crafts (for the years 1973, 1981, 1982, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2013)! What is your subspecialty?
IP: I mostly do classic haircuts, blow dryer waves (blow drying), fashioning (working with a razor) and beard shaping. I never cut hair contrary to nature. The classics are the classics. Everyone does them the same. That is 101. I used to also have several employees for the ladies but today the salon is only for men. I also trained about 20 trainees who today work independently.

Oaza: Can you reveal some secrets of your trade?
IP: When cutting, we wet the hair for easier cutting, but also because tenths of a millimeter of hair fall off the scissors and the hairdresser would otherwise inhale them.
During trimming, it is necessary to thin out thick, good quality hair in order to reduce the weight of the hair, which is then easier to work with and comb.
Fashioning emphasizes the lines of the neck and head, so the hairdo comes to the fore. A razor is used to shave a line or shape, past which an electric clippers are used to shave the neck. The final hairdo type depends on the moves: classic, modern classic, and others. You could say that fashioning creates distinctiveness for the hairdo.
I always ask the customers what they want: high, low, short, classic cut, blow dried. You cannot follow your own ideas if the customer does not agree – if you do not do what he likes, he will not came back.
Before, there were no razor blades or shaving creams so people came to us.

Oaza: Because of your distinctive workspace, you are often visited by random passers-by, but who are your real customers?
IP: The space has been left in its original state, it has not been renovated in a long time. I mostly work for my usual customers. They know they can come in during the day whenever they are passing by. Some young people also come, new customers that know good work and what they want. During my time as a hairdresser, I have cut hair for the ambassadors of Iran, Russia and Indonesia!

Oaza: What are the habits that you notice in customers? Have there been differences in requests over the years?
IP: A lot has changed. People used to get haircuts and shaves and groomed more than today. Men come to get their hair cut on average once every two to three months, but ideally it should be between a month and a month and a half. They used to take more care of their looks: who will have the nicer haircut, who will wear the nicer clothes… But people do not wear the same haircuts as before, there is no interest for the classics.

O: What do you expect in the coming season?
IP: I am looking forward to enjoying my well-earned retirement!

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