Photo Credits: Shaun Smith of Ryit Photography
Will Elmgren, also known as The Clouded Barber, is more than just a barber. He is a storyteller, a mentor, and a beacon of hope for those who may be struggling to find their path in life.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Will discovered his passion for cutting hair while part of a hip-hop group called Orbit X. While he was in the music space he collaborated with artists such as Sadat X from Brand Nubian, and also did a mixtape that featured known artists. He would also perform at the Opera House as well and a few other spots around the city of Toronto. People were constantly complimenting his hair and asking where he got it cut, not believing him when he told them he did it himself.
Eventually, Will started cutting his friends’ hair and built a small shop in his garage. But he got caught up with the wrong crowd and felt like his dream was slipping away. It wasn’t until his mother suggested he enroll in a hairstyling program that things started to turn around.
After completing the program, Will transitioned back to barbering and studied barbers on YouTube. He applied to local barbershops, but had trouble getting along with his bosses. It wasn’t until he started working at Barbershop Vaughan Mills that he found a great team and built a loyal client base over the span of 9 years.
But Will’s story is more than just one of success in the barbering industry. He is also a mentor and a source of inspiration for those who may be struggling to find their path in life.
Through his YouTube channel and Instagram account, Will shares his techniques and insights with his fans. But he also shares his personal story and encourages others to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they may face.
“I want to motivate people on my journey of life and to pursue my dreams,” says Will. “If you have a dream, chase it. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot accomplish what you are reaching for. Always remember where you can from, those who helped you along the way as well as your failures, because they all contribute to who you’ve become today.”
Will’s unique story and passion for his craft have earned him a dedicated following of fans and clients. But it is his message of hope and perseverance that truly sets him apart. He is a reminder that no matter how difficult life may seem, there is always a way to turn things around and pursue your dreams.