Richard “CT” Torregano
How long have you been barbering?
What inspired you to pursue barbering as a career?
My mother Jeanna Torregano provided for my family for many years being a hairstylist. She opened her first shop in the back of my grandmother’s house on Booth Road in Brainerd. When I was in middle school, she owned an upscale, full-service salon called Ragg Top where the likes of athletes and entertainers would frequent. Seeing this sparked my interest in the hair industry, and my journey began.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work?
Seeing the reactions of my clients post-service is one. Witnessing boys grow into young men and having a hand in shaping that is another. The most rewarding part of it all is knowing I’m a vessel doing God’s work.
What do you like most about the community your business is a part of?
I love the family-oriented unity that Chattanooga holds so dear. We have a calming culture that is magnetic.
How are you intentional about making your clients feel welcome?
We want our shop to be a place for everyone, from the music we play to what we watch on TV, and especially what we converse about. We greet every client with a smile and try to put ourselves in their shoes while providing them with a quality experience.
How do you want clients to feel when they leave your chair?
I want them to feel like the celebrity clients I service, because they are just as important to me.
You were nominated for this article because people in the community consider you a beloved barber. How does that make you feel?
I’m humbled, grateful, flattered, and blessed. I love my city, and to know that the love is reciprocated is priceless.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I’d like to thank God, my family, all of our clients and friends, the Faded Barber Co. staff, my church home Temple of Faith, and my wife Porsche. She is my rock, my rib, and my reason. I’ll continue to represent Chattanooga proudly.