Behind every great Hollywood hair moment, there is likely a great hairstylist behind it or in the case of many male celebs, a phenomenal barber. Even if you’re not familiar with their names, you’ve likely seen their work on the heads of some of the biggest stars in sports, entertainment, and music.
These celebrity barbers are making major waves in the barbering industry, one fade and cut at a time and some are even becoming celebrities in their own right, thanks to social media. Here, we’re shining a light on all the incredible barbers who keep stars like Steph Curry, LeBron James, John Boyega and Jay-Z looking their absolute best.
Kenny Duncan, @kduncangrooming
Master barber Kenny Duncan’s talent for men’s hair knows no bounds, having worked with everyone from Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons to actor Michael B. Jordan as well as several Grammy Award winning artists. Duncan provides endless amounts of inspiration, education, and motivation as the Lead Educator for Andis Company. He’s also the co-founder of well-known salon, Main Attraction Unisex salon in Philadelphia.
JayR Mallari, @jayrmallari
Filipino-American barber JayR Mallari went from cutting his friends’ hair in a garage to working with some of the NBA’s biggest stars, including Golden States Warrior player Stephen Curry. Aside from Curry, Mallari is also responsible for keeping the likes of Nick Young, DeAndrea Jordan, and Chris looking sharp on the court. When he’s not grooming his celebrity clients, you can find him hard at work at his salon, Legacy Barber Studio.
Marcus Harvey, @themarcusharvey
With a robust celebrity client list that includes major stars like Nas, Chris Webber, Shaq, and LeBron James, it’s no question how Atlanta-based barber Marcus Harvey earned his nickname Barber Star. In addition to his work behind the chair, the rockstar barber also serves as the owner of BarberStar Barbershop and regularly consults with grooming brands like Bevel.
When it comes time for a clean lineup, Chance the Rapper and NBA player Jaylen Brown call up Egyptian-born, master barber Youssef. Youssef is the proud owner of Diamond Cuts Barber Studio and the creator of Curl Sponge, the number one natural hair tool in the world. Not to mention, with more than 190K followers, he’s definitely a name to know in the barbering industry.
Johnny Castellanos, @staycaked
It’s easy to see why Johnny Castellanos, aka “Johnny Cake” is known as the “Kobe Bryant” of barbers. Castellanos is the man that Jay-Z called upon to style his once trademarked buzz cut since 1997. But his talents don’t stop there —he also frequently works with Pharrell, Omari Hardwick, Michael Rainey Jr., and Tracey Morgan.
Richard Mendoza, @richthebarber
NYC native Richard Mendoza, aka “Rich the Barber” definitely knows his way around a pair of clippers. Mendoza has been cutting hair since he was a kid and counts stars like Flo Rida and Big Sean as some of his loyal clients. Not to mention, he owns Filthy Rich Barbershop in Queens where he makes it his mission that all his customers “walk in filthy, come out rich.”
JC Tha Barber, @jcthabarber
Based in L.A., JC Tha Barber is the genius behind the fresh cuts often seen on major stars like Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, John Boyega, as well as various Los Angeles Lakers players. His incredible work has been featured in Esquire magazine as well as TV shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Khloe Kardashian’s Revenge Body.
Victor Fontanez, @vicblends
Victor Fontanez aka “Vic Blends”, may only be 21 yeard old, but he’s well on his way to becoming one of hip hop’s most sought after barbers. His star-studded client list includes rappers like Nelly, NLE Choppa, and Polo G, as well as major athletes like D’Angelo Russell and Trae Young.
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