Read on Hairdressers Journal – By Matthew Batham / May 29, 2017

Ron-Love-188-SalonsRon Love’s career in barbering has taken him from London’s prestigious Mayfair, to Southern California, and across the USA. Today he works as the president and founder of 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, where he has overseen the brand’s national franchise growth since 2002.

After a successful career in Britain, Ron moved to the U.S. in 1981, joining Carlton Hair International as a managing partner and later becoming the chief operating officer of the organisation.

During his time at Carlton, he oversaw the growth of twenty-eight Carlton and Linear salons throughout Southern California and was later named the president of the Jose Eber Atelier salon chain.

Since launching 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, he has helped grow the brand to nearly 100 locations, with each salon offering a full range of services, including haircuts, styling, face, scalp and nail treatments to traditional straight-edge razor shaves, waxing and colour.

Ron believes the main reason for the rapid growth and ongoing success of the brand is that it filled an under-served gap in the market. “We offer a place where men can go to get all of their grooming services in an environment that’s truly customised for them. Over the years, we’ve found that guys really do want to look after themselves. It’s not just about a haircut anymore — it’s about the whole grooming package and experience that comes with it. In the 14 years that we’ve been open, we’ve seen that evolution, and it’s really gained a lot of momentum in the past five years. It’s a big part of why we’ve interested so many franchisees in our brand.”

Under Ron’s guidance, the brand is expanding by between two to five locations each month, with 300 additiona