Being born and raised in London, Shen channels the character of the capital through his personality on a daily basis.
His interest in barbering began when he was about in his teens, helping out at a family friend’s barbershop - cleaning, grabbing teas and coffees. At the same time, he kept one eye focused on the barbers - picking up tricks and techniques that he would then take home and practice on his friends and family.
After getting some formal training under his belt, he become a junior stylist working with a salon in Shoreditch, and within a year he moved to a senior stylist position and started running his own salon in his early 20’s. He then decided to focus solely on men’s hair, due to his admiration for the precision required.
In 2003, he left the in-house salon in Selfridges to join the team at The Refinery. Over time, Shen has built up a loyal clientelle that has come to know him as a treasured friend. It’s his ability to build a genuine rapport with his clients that has enabled him to attain his loyal following.