Inside the NBA bubble barbershop [WATCH]

NBA ball players may be dominating the floor and getting buckets but while off the court, they're routinely getting A1 treatment with manicures, facials and haircuts. The recent move to the bubble in Orlando has caused for many players to have their general schedules turned upside down. The association created this care facility to try and mirror the barbershop experience the best way. Routine haircuts are a symbol of prestige in the league and going a week without one will quickly make you a target to the social media "sharp shooters." Now that the NBA playoffs are underway the pressure is on for the remaining teams to pull it together. Lets hope that also includes general upkeep.

Somebody get a hold of Jimmy Butler....

https://youtu.be/lEiDyL3sgQs

Barbers are preventing suicide one haircut at a time [watch]

The barber-client relationship has always been one cultivated in consistency, honesty and for some....vulnerability. The interaction is a public forum and moments of therapy that gives clients the ability to translate their feelings in the chair. The haircut is the medicine. If you think I'm exaggerating, try not getting a haircut for two and half months and let me know how you're holding up. A prime example of my viewpoint is expressed below with a wonderful story that can speak to all of us.

After losing a friend to suicide, Tom Chapman decided to do something about the biggest killer of young men in the UK. In a personal, moving talk he tells us about the international movement he founded building on the unique relationship between barbers and their clients to prevent suicide and save lives.

Tom Chapman is a Torquay-based barber who has made it his mission to propel the stigma of mental ill health among men into the mainstream. In 2015 founded the Lions Barber Collective, an international group of barbers who have undergone training in how to recognize symptoms of mental ill health in clients and signpost them to relevant support services. The group helps to raise awareness of mental illness and aims to prevent suicide by creating training that enables barbers to recognize, talk and listen out for symptoms of depression. - Ted Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjAQTH0aZJA&feature=emb_title

'The Art of Shaving' Reflects on the Craft Behind the Barber Chair [WATCH]

Groom Guy is a place that sees the barber as the holy priesthood of mens hair culture. They're the recognized caretakers that foster lifetime relationships and crafts people that cultivate art with electric clippers, scissors, and a razor. These simple tools have been passed down for centuries and still exist strongly within ever changing culture of industrial innovation. I've got to give it to brand The Art of Shaving for painting a wonderful portrait of the industry by highlighting the barber-client relationship that is timeless, therapeutic and life changing. The healing powers of the barber have never been more clear and its a narrative Groom Guy holds dear. Here's an excerpt from their recent campaign & watch the full video below.

For the new campaign, The Art of Shaving pays homage to the community that barbershops foster, while also finding ways to recreate such spaces within the contemporary climate. The barbershop is where a man’s personal style meets his grooming routine and Falguni Desai, the CEO of The Art of Shaving, views it as “a place of social interaction and a place where men learn from each other, give each other advice and help each other in various ways – beyond grooming.” As a response to the stay-at-home measures from COVID-19, The Art of Shaving has launched a Virtual Barbershop on Instagram where Master Barbers give tips on facial grooming and at-home haircuts. “The space was curated by our Master Barbers from across the country and we also partnered with some influential celebrity barbers,” explains Desai. “We wanted to offer our barbers and community a place to tell their stories during these uncertain times, just like people would in a physical barbershop.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl6Uz8clSA4&feature=emb_title

Groom Guy Premieres "In The Cut" (Episode 1) [WATCH]

It's been a couple years in the making but its finally here. We're continuing 2019 giving you guys the most authentic and original material possible. A barbershop series has been a personal passion project of mine with two years in the making. The goal of the series is simple: tell your truth and leave it all in the chair.

I had the opportunity to travel out to Washington DC and step into the creative "dojo" of renaissance man and artistic entrepreneur Amir Browder of Homme DC. His studio stands as a communal ground that visually showcasing independent and emerging artists. From collection releases from designers, DJs, video screenings to even dinner parties, Homme DC is a platform with limited creative boundaries and has strings of creative works that fortify a strong community base.

Watch below the first half of this two-part debut as Amir describes why he built this place, what it means, and how developing a grooming routine is integrated in his as a stylist, business owner, son and more.



Be sure to check out more of Homme DC in the latest Washingtonian article here.


Throwback: Bobby Brown's 'Every Little Step' Hair Was a Mistake [WATCH]

With our Throwback Thursday officially kicking off, there are some haircuts over the last couple decades that stand the test of time. From classic slick backs to styles mirroring icons like James Dean, the late 80s also brought its creative wave of fashion & culture with the emergence of music genres specifically New Jack Swing led by R&B superstars like Bobby Brown. With over seven million copies sold worldwide, Bobby Brown was on top and to keep that momentum he was setting up the visuals for his lead single "Every Little Step I Take" when it happened...

BET Networks retells the funny story Bobby Brown & his rise to fame in the latest miniseries. Whoever his barber was at this time, I guess you can say you got lucky especially since Bobby chose to debut this iconic style to the American viewers in the music video below:

The haircut was a hit and was duplicated throughout barbershops across the nation and within the hip hop realm specifically in 1980s and onward.


LeBron James & Drake break all the rules with latest "The Shop" episode [WATCH]

 

The barbershop carries the reputation as a cultural institution but it also has the power of confession box. Future Hall of Famer LeBron James reignites his HBO speciality show The Shop and breaks new ground with the OVO leader. The balloon pops as Drake has a no holds barred conversation on his haircuts as a child to his response to rapper Pusha T. They're accompanied by Ben Simmons, Victor Oladipo, Elena Delle Donne, and Mo Bamba.

Watch at the conversations heats up they discuss ones' legacy, airing out Kanye West, Drake's status as a father, and what's in store as they transition in their careers.

“I rather fail being who I am than fail being someone they want me to be.”

- LeBron James

Did I also mention this show was shot at the shop I work at (Barber of Hell's Bottom)? Be sure to tune in & watch the full episode HERE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkQBlAG7Ehc


Pusha T releases some helpful routined gems [WATCH]

It's been quite an exciting year for rapper Pusha T. He took the internet by storm with his lyrically-lethal diss track that nearly sent Drake's career into cardiac arrest (for the first time). After some CPR from his fellow OVO cohorts, we're told the feud has since ceased. Pusha has awaken the doubters and solidified himself as a top tier contender to superstar Drake. But throughout his career and rigorous work days of constant travel, revealing hidden children from rappers, touring and more, Pusha lets us in on some helpful tips that keeps him polish'd. He shares with GQ some critical essentials he can't do with out while on constantly on the move.

From his favorite casual t-shirts to a facial moisturizer he lets TSA willingly take away from the airport (only to buy another one), we scooped some quick gems from the Virginia native that'll keep us properly strapped for the summer heatwave...because she's going to hit hard this year. Watch below for the full listing.

Be sure to comment and tell us your personal favorites!


Untold Story of Polish'd Legend: Dapper Dan [WATCH]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kVoaQukud8

“Fresh is something that always has to be new,” says Dapper Dan, “and always has to be potent.” He should know. The avatar of hip hop style got his start in Harlem of the 1970s designing custom “knock-ups” (as opposed to knock offs) for a who’s who of big ballers and shot callers, as well as a few rappers. From Eric B & Rakim to Kool G Rap to The Fat Boys—even Mike Tyson—Dapper Dan dressed them all. But then, during the early 1990s certain major fashion brands ran him out of business. “I had to go underground,” says Dan, who has since made a groundbreaking deal with the House of Gucci, opening boutiques in Harlem and more recently in SoHo. “I was built to start all over anyway,” says Dan. “I was NOT going to let this get away from me…. I said ‘They ain’t gonna leave me out of this.’”

photo provided by GQ Style

Nipsey Talks Being Comfortable In Own Skin on "Mancave" Series [WATCH]

Newly appointed #BeardGang representative Nipsey Hussle is keeps the cameras rolling with his recent Billboard charting album, Victory Lap. After growing up in the ever changing flow of Los Angeles streets, Nipsey discovered his recent reflection on growth and development as a man. Recently, Nipsey Hussle sat down with BET's newest show Mancave cast members as he details his perspective as it relates to self confidence.

Do you agree?


A Final Defeat to Baldness? (Watch)

The title may strike some interests but sorry, there's no victories here (so it seems). Internet favorites Desus & Mero introduce us to their hilarious play by play commentary on current events with this recent episode on baldness and what seems to be called a cure...

Many clients today ask me is there a way to combat baldness or restore hair. The answer is still: N-O. But watch below as we're introduced to this new and bizarre method called scalp micropigmentation. Barbershop visits will never be the same...