Barber shop owner on the move
The owner of the Fain’z Fadez Barber Shop and Hair Salon at the Pat Ah Him premises at Fugalei doesn’t take his responsibilities lightly.
Motopuaa Faig’a Faig’a told the Samoa Observer that he has a passion to make people look good through their hairstyle which led to the establishment of his business.
He said he has now been providing the service for the last six years and believes that his talent to make people look good is a gift from God.
Prior to setting up his own barber shop, he worked for another company and it wasn’t until he met a Catholic priest when his whole life changed.
“Priest Faauli who is now at Leulumoega was the person who encouraged me and gave me advice to do my own business,” he said.
“I wasn’t comfortable because the challenges of facing high profile people to register and get my business license scared me.
“I didn’t do well in school, I have no degree or diploma like the majority of business owners, but staying close to the priest helped me to use my talent and my gift wisely to serve my family and our country.”
Mr Faig’a said he can remember his conversations with the priest where he was urged to use his talent and not waste it.
“I remember what Priest Faauli told me in the beginning, If you have a talent, use it, don't waste it.
“I love what I do, beautify so many people and it’s like I give them back the creation of God from the beginning.
“Cutting and trimming hair according to clients instructions, styling hairs using chemical solution and styling tools, shaving mustaches and shaping clients’ beards as well.”
His first foray into the highly competitive barber shop market in Apia was in 2014, he told the Samoa Observer.
“I started my business in 2014 my first location was under George’s Pizza building at Togafuafua.
“All my customers are senior members of government ministries, business owners and lots and lots of pastors from different churches in Samoa.
“My skill and technique of fade hairstyle is popular and the reason why I named my shop after Fain’z (Faig’a) Fadez Barber Shop and Hair Salon.”
Two regular customers at the barber shop, who were there for a trim, an 84-year-old man and a 48-year-old of Avao and Lalovaea attested to the quality of the service.
They both said they are always satisfied with the service which is why they keep on returning.
Another customer Filimaua Vaoliko said he learnt many new things from the barber shop owner, especially the coloring and highlighting of the hair.
He said that not only cutting but styling both short and long hairs for men and women is hard and one needs to have natural talent like Mr Faig’a to make the clients satisfied.