Conversations With.... Cassie Kurtz
Updated: Aug 27
Welcome to the #GetToKnow Series
A series where I get to interview people who are willing to put themselves out there and share their stories on how they are kicking ass and taking names in their everyday lives.
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It all started with instagram isn't that how love stories start? hehe @herchairhishair is a page created to inspire woman behind the chair! I fell in love with her message and knew I needed to interview her! I hope you enjoy getting to know her like I have! <3
-Who is behind the creation of @Herchairhishair?
"That would be me, Cassie Kurtz. I’m a licensed Master Barber in the state of New York for the last 5 years and a freelance makeup artist and men’s groomer on set for almost the last decade. I have a loud mouth and a deep love for chocolate ice cream but, most importantly, I enjoy the idea of supporting other women in this industry."
-What would you classify yourself as in your industry?
"Oh I don’t know, definitely a barber. I’d like to eventually be known as an educator because that’s where my passion is."
-What company do you work for, if any, and title for them?
"I’m extremely grateful that I work for myself and have the opportunity to freelance for Proraso, an Italian shaving brand for the last year and a half."
-What kind of impact do you want to have for those watching your
"I’d like people watching to realize that not everything is black and white. What may look like success from one side of the screen may feel like absolute disaster on the other. There are days where I feel like an absolute impostor, and moments/hours/days later, I’ll randomly receive a kind message saying that I’ve inspired someone I didn’t even realize was watching. I try to
remember everything passes and that the struggle will ultimately be worth it."
-What do you love about what you do?
"That people trust me enough to help communicate what they’re feeling on the inside and how they’d like to be perceived by others. Two minds will never envision something the same, exact way and that creates plenty of opportunity to miscommunicate."
-How many years have you devoted to this craft?
"I have been a barber for the last 5.5 years, and a freelance makeup artist for almost 4 years before that where I found I was most happy doing men’s grooming on set."
-What would you consider the closest thing to real magic?
"The closest thing I’d consider to real magic is…well, there’s two things. One would be
beards/facial hair. It’s basically like makeup but a bit fuzzier. The second is definitely Mister Softee ice cream. There’s nothing else like it and I’ll fight over it."
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.”
-What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
"I’ve always been interested in history and would love to attend or assist on archaeological digs. Yes, I am an absolute nerd and definitely find myself binge-watching one too many documentaries on Egypt thanks to Netflix."
-If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
"What kind of blasphemous question is that? Sleep is wonderful. Well, I guess I’d take a few mini-naps then and finally catch up on my life work of trying to properly organize my closets."
-What is something people don’t know about you that you don’t mind sharing?
"When I was younger, my parents had two cats named Boo Boo and Curly Cat. My mom hopped in the shower one day and I decided to busy myself by drawing on the walls with my favorite crayons. Upon exiting her bedroom, she caught me red handed next to the wall when I promptly blamed the cat. Apparently it went something like, “No mommy, the cat reallllllly did it. See? Pretty talented.” I think I was 3."
-What do you consider to be your best find?
"My mom, she’s the best. We used to butt heads so badly when I lived at home with her and so I decided to move out at 18. I definitely don’t regret it but it made me appreciate her and our time so much."
-What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
"My first white tailored jacket from Bebe, the Kardashian Collection of all things. It was $85 or $100 and my mom yelled at me saying I’d never get enough use out of it. I still own it about 10 years later."
-When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
"Some people reach out looking for advice on advancing their careers, some inquire about showcasing for our annual event in New York City, but most actually reach out just to say hi and that they really appreciate the Her Chair His Hair page. I’m always happy to help but it’s always nice to receive such encouraging words."
-What are some small things that make your day better?
"Definitely cuddling with my Chihuahuas,"
-Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
-What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
"I feel like Tom Hanks should have his own movie genre at this point. Pretty sure I can quote anything from his movies."
-How often do you people watch?
"Probably every day. I’m so lucky to live in New York City where there is no limit to what can happen and I try to stay aware of my surroundings rather than burying my nose in my phone."
-What’s worth spending more on to get the best?
"I’m a barber and a makeup artist, what do you expect me to say? Besides that…I’d say definitely chocolate…maybe coffee. Ok both."
-What’s the best way to start the day?
"With purpose, even if it’s your day off. My most unhappy days started when I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do."
-What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
"If I’m being totally honest, there aren’t many that I miss. However, fingerwaves on both men and women should definitely be a thing again. I think it’s why I fell in love with Whitney Vermeer’s work immediately last year."
-What kind of art do you enjoy most?
"Impressionism, especially Degas and Manet. I don’t claim to know much about art, because truthfully I don’t, but ever since I was a little girl I was enamored by the way they made life look so colorful and beautiful."
-What city would you most like to live in?
"If I had to choose any city other than New York, I think I’d like to live in Charleston, South Carolina or Paris, France. I’m totally aware that they are completely different but they both made me feel so happy and welcome from the first time I stepped off the plane."
-Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
"Do we mean barbering? Or running Her Chair His Hair? Regarding both…it happened
organically. I couldn’t possibly be a great men’s groomer like Losi or Shawn Janifer if I didn’t even know how to line up sideburns properly. So I dumped my now ex-boyfriend after he proclaimed that women don’t become barbers and I managed to enroll just in time for the next series of classes. About a year after graduating, I realized there was no platform for women that addressed the questions I had: why did they choose this career? What adversities do they face? How can we make this industry more equal? One day in the barbershop, the name hit me and I yelled out “holy shit!” while my former boss, manager and colleagues looked at me like I was
-Where would you spend all your time if you could?
"On the beach in Tulum, Mexico."
-What are you absolutely determined to do?
"Change the face of our industry. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want it to be “female dominated,” I simply want it to be diverse and representative enough that when I tell somebody I am a barber they will believe me."
-What is a one last piece of advice you want to give to the person reading this!?
"Don’t be too hard on yourself. Yes, you have a long way to go, but then again we all do. It seems easier to knock your work down than build your career up but it’s definitely worth fighting and working for."
✨A big thank you to Cassie Kurtz (@herchairhishair) for being apart of this series and sharing a little bit about herself . Make sure to go follow her account to support her journey✨