MEN needing a haircut can have the barbershop come to them thanks to a mobile salon contained in a van.

Grade 92 Barbering – which already has two shops in Bournemouth – is launching the mobile barbershop this Saturday.

Founder and director James Gura-Lowe had a Citroen Relay van converted into a working shop, complete with tiled-effect walls.

Mr Gura-Lowe, 28, has been cutting hair for 12 years and has shops at Castlepoint and Southbourne Grove. Customers include some AFC Bournemouth names.

He is holding an open party at the Castlepoint store on Saturday, July 17, 12noon-4pm, for customers to take a look at the van.

“Prior to lockdown, we were thinking of setting up a mobile service,” he said.

“With lockdown being bad for everybody and a lot of people not wanting to leave their houses, we thought we could offer a service where they could book an appointment one-to-one with a barber.

“We wanted to create more of a premium service in barbering.”

He said booking an appointment on the website or app would be a lot like using the ride-sharing service Uber.

“People go on and put their location in, then they can log in and choose the service they want and pay online and it comes through to me,” he said.

He intends to expand the business.

“Providing this works out, I’m hoping to have a few of them by the end of 2023,” he added.

The business has a substantial following on Instagram.

“A couple of my clients play for AFC Bournemouth and they’ve amplified it around the club,” said Mr Gura-Lowe.

Well-known Cherries names who have had their hair cut with Grade 92 include Steve Cook and Lewis Cook.

The barbershop has already attracted 800 followers on Instagram and a video real quickly attracted 3,500 viewers.

Mr Gura-Lowe said men were increasingly prepared to treat themselves to a premium haircut.

“Because of social media, people are caring a lot more about their appearance and male grooming is growing,” he added.