Some people may know you by name or face, but in the case of Sal Castiello, he is known as Big Sal the Barber. He is one of the biggest personalities around, a character in its own. Heavily tattooed, Big Sal is by far one of the most expressive people around; but don’t let his image fool you. Lets take a moment to find out about Sal, and his life as a Barber.
What made you decide to enter the Barber world?
I loved going to the Barbershop as a kid. The smells, the sights, the comrodery of guys all ages, having a place to talk as much shit as they want. After being born into the food industry, I was tired of smelling like a meat ball after work and though I would rather smell like after shave and talc powder. I had crazy hair cuts growing up as a kid, always doing different things with my hair and to other peoples hair. I thought if I could make money doing it wouldn’t be so bad! And now here I am today, and I absolutely love what I do.
How did you get the name “Big Sal”?
Besides the fact that I can’t fit in a booth at Friendly’s, I am kinda a character. I am a big guy, with a bigger mouth and ever since I can remember I have always been a big kid. 7th and 8th grade, I wanted go play pop-a-warner football, but instead I played JV High School football and kids used to call me Big Sal.
What would you say your specialty is in Barbering?
That is hard to answer because I am so well rounded. I would like to think that my specialty is bringing classic barbering with a urban modern twist to todays generation of a barbershop at its highest quality. But if I had to say, I am pretty nice with the razor.
What is it like being a new Barbershop on the North Shore?
It is great! There are so many different types of people that I get to meet every single day. Its a nice feeling knowing that different walks of life know my face as the big friendly neighborhood barber. But as far as being a new business in todays society I feel very grateful and thankful that I have had such a great turn out in my first year from my surrounding community.
How long have you been a Barber?
Well, to be perfectly honest, I’ve been cutting hair for the better part of 11 years. I don’t recommend the way I went about things to someone new in the industry, but just like most things that I have done in my life, I did it ass backwards. I started off just telling myself I was good enough to work in a barbershop, and was lucky to find places over the years to give me a shot on the sly without being licensed. But when I realized that this was what I was meant to do, I decided to make it offical and went to barber school. Just as recent as 2010, I have become a Master Barber. But as far as I am concerned, I have had the skills of a Master since 2005…
What can the average joe expect when they walk into Big Sal’s Superior Barbershop?
Well, first thing they can expect to be greated by me and my staff like we have known them for 10 years. And then, once you walk through those doors, and sit in my chair, its the first day of the best hair cut for the rest of your life. But with all seriousness, someone that doesn’t know what to expect can expect a customized service for their indivual grooming needs, to make sure they have their personal image that they desire….
Who is Sal Castiello?
I am a father of 2 beautiful children, a husband, a family man. I love being Big Sal, but when I get home, I am Sal the daddy. I have been married for almost 4 years, my children are 5 and 2. If it wasn’t for life as Sal, I would have no reason to be Big Sal. I love playing with my kids, cooking and just enjoying the time that I have with them. Life as a barber/business owner can be very demanding, so the time I am home is time well enjoyed!
So, in a nut shell, Big Sal could have talked about how great he is as a Barber forever, and to be honest, I would totally agree! Time and time again, I have watched him transform someone into a person who not only knows they look great, but also feels great. He is a person that takes great pride in every cut, shave and person that he encounters. Big Sal is new to the North Shore, but has already made his mark in the Barbering world!!!! -Michelle Castiello (wife)
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