Stephen Horn updates us on the budding hairdresser and general problem solver – Mark Le Lievre
Just before we left I put out the call to see if anyone had hair cutting skills or tools they could bring down so we could ensure a suitable standard of dress and etiquette was maintained. Bait loader Mark Le Lievre responded with gusto and has brought with him a comprehensive grooming kit including clippers, an array of clipper combs, scissors, miniature trimmers, combs, his hair-dressing apron, a cleanup brush and a customer gown. There is no hair dye but he can offer three shades of highlighter dazzle. So far his prodigious soliciting for customers has come to no avail but I am sure his time will come. Much of his downtime is spent charging, sharpening and oiling the haircutting tools to protect against corrosion in this marine environment.
His style specialties are apparently the moulet, steps (think MC Hammer – 1990s), the flattop and the traditional comb-over. Additionally moustache grooming is a niche, with particular reverence reserved for the handlebar style. In recent times he has taken to his own facial hair to promote his skills – the only one on the island at present but perhaps the first of many.
Builder John Henderson was lined up for a beard trim on the day prior to returning to mainland NZ but in the rush of the day he ran out of time. He was pretty distraught. Maybe next time…