ÁLVARO TORRES DE CASTRO La Carnicería Barbershop
Álvaro Torres discovered the profession through his uncle's female salon. There, he began helping him washing heads, sweeping, and doing small tasks. He was so impressed with what he saw that at 17, he decided to move to Valladolid to receive training.
A year later, at 18, he continued his training in Madrid, specifically in Rizos, the salon that became his second home for four years. Just three months after starting in the training academy, he was chosen to work in the firm's only barbershop, "Blackstone''. There, he truly fell in love with the profession and discovered that his true vocation was to be a barber.
At 20, he met his great teachers, Iván Carpio, Enrique Canorea, and César Parra. Three of the most influential people in his life, as well as two of the best barbers he has ever known. He started from below, but with great enthusiasm and desire to learn. Although they worked hard, at the end of the day, they stayed at the barbershop to correct mistakes and help him improve. All without asking for anything in return, just for a huge love of the profession. After two years, he obtained an official degree.
A year later he met Yonyi Arenas and joined the team at "Barbería del 9", a small salon where he had the opportunity to grow professionally and meet great professionals like Daniele Anile. After that phase, he moved to Gijón where he worked for two years at the "Acebal" barbershop.
Next, he decided to open his own barbershop in the same city and called it "La Carnicería", a name he dedicates to his family, because they all have been butchers since his great-grandmother, but it is also a way to continue the tradition.
At present, he and Alicia work in his barbershop, whom he considers the best barber he has ever known and to whom he says he owes a great deal of his success. He defines "La Carnicería" as a space in which they work in a traditional way, but with results and haircuts at the forefront of fashion and trends.
He declares that the classical English barber training that he received at "Blackstone" is still present in his work. In his barbershop, clients come, in addition to getting a hair cut, to relax and disconnect. Therefore, they take care of the smallest details, such as smells, temperature, music...
His philosophy considers being a barber a precious profession, although it is difficult to perform perfectly due to the fact that it works with image, which is nowadays the most important aspect. This forces him to be serious and disciplined with the job and, therefore, he shuns the lack of style, education, and delicacy when it comes to exercising it. In addition, Álvaro Torres affirms that barbers have one of the oldest professions that exist and that today, thanks to incredible colleagues, they are reaching the level of art. This means that every time a client enters the salon, both for the barbershop itself, for oneself, and for the client, each barber must be the best possible professional.
He believes in continuous training as a key element to be able to be updated, at the same time as to offer the best of oneself.
As for his training, he has completed a Higher Level Course in Personal Image and has an official title in Hairdressing from Rizos Academy. Likewise, he has taken numerous training courses at Toni & Guy, Brain on Academy, Redken, L'Oréal Professionnel, etc.
He was also chosen Best Barber of Asturias in Classic Cut (2019) and has participated in some of the main events of the sector such as "The battle of barbers", Metrópoli Fest, in Salon Look Internacional at the "Rizos Fashion Catwalk" for two editions and at Mercedes Casino Week.