THE CUT: Where Charlotte’s distinguished young black professionals get groomed

THE CUT: Where Charlotte’s distinguished young black professionals get groomed
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Soul singer and Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton cut hair at Mangum’s off West Boulevard before he gained international acclaim for his hit songs and smooth vocals. Back then, he was known as the “singing” barber, shaping sound and style for his clients and sending them on their way.

He’s quoted as saying,

“Being a barber is about taking care of the people.”

Hamilton’s wisdom rings true. Behind every well-groomed man is a barber that knows their craft and works at the service of their community.

The environment of the barbershop is one of preparation and community, serving, for decades, as a meeting place for manhood from the very first haircut to following the style of one’s favorite R&B singer to landing the interview for a new job.

We spoke with a few young and stylish Charlotte professionals on where they go to stay a cut above the rest.

No Grease Barbershop

No-Grease-Barbershop

Photo via Instagram

Locations:

  • Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade Street, Suite D
  • Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd, Suite 450
  • Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Pkwy
  • JCSU Mosaic Village, 1635 West Trade, Suite 1E
  • Park West Barber College, 3120 Wilkinson Blvd

Neighborhood(s): Uptown, Concord Mills, Carolina Place Mall, West End, Wilkinson

Connect: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Price Point: $$

Recommended by: Davon Bailey, EatWorkPlay

About the experience: “Good service, great conversation, professional attire and they use technology to book and pay for appointments — they also give me a beer while I read and get my hair cut.”

Azeal

Azeal-Barbershop

Photo via Instagram

Location: 10230 Berkeley Place Drive, Suite 130

Neighborhood: University

Connect: Website

Price Point: $

Recommended by: Charles Hunt, Audacity Firm

About the experience: “Shop is always clean, welcoming, professional, and comfortable. My barber and I have a mutual respect for each other (been my barber my entire 5 yrs here).”

Custom Cuts

Ray-Barber-Custom-Cuts

Photo via Instagram

Location: 4430 The Plaza

Neighborhood: North east

Connect: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Price Point: $

Recommended by: Cardell Smith

About the experience: “I’ve been going there since 2011. They are extremely professional and are very serious about their crafts. Every week I go I feel like I’m in the “Barbershop” movie. The environment is really like a “black man’s country club.” Not only can you expect to get a sharp haircut but also engage in topics ranging from politics, sports, and anything trending on black Twitter. My barber Ivan has cut my hair for my college graduation, job interviews, and soon my wedding.”

HCP Hair Company in Salon Central

HCP-Hair-Company

Photo via Instagram

Location: 2925 E Independence Blvd #1

Connect: Website | Instagram

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

Price Point: $

Recommended by: Brandon Terrell, Albedo 100

About the experience: “I go to Lockwood over at HCP Hair Company. They have easy appointment booking online and through their mobile app and a host of early/late appointments available to fit my busy schedule. The small/intimate vibe in the shop makes the service/cut feel more personal. Convenient payment options for all methods, cash, card, online, or mobile device. Out of all the barbers I’ve been to in CLT, Lockwood provides the best experience.”

Cover image via the No Grease Barbershop Facebook page

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