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Hair cut by Dan brown the Barber best barbers in AtlantaThe art of barbering, or any craft of significance for that matter, generally coincides with one’s love for it. For the BEST BARBERS this may be referred to as BARBER LOVELove is an often used word but misdiagnosed condition. In this case love is not so much of an emotion but a state of mind. 

The emotional love that you felt when your heart fluttered, your eyes got wide, and all you wanted to do was be with that “special someone”, can also be associated with a lack of control. That’s kid love, puppy love. Although this love is fun and exciting, more times than not, it cannot sustain itself alone, and soon will pass.

Fade Hair Cut  by Ray at Exodus Barber Shop Being an outstanding Tonsorial Professional (Barber!), involves exhibiting a mature, grown up type of love. This is more similar to the love of a parent, or a spouse. This is the love that wakes you in the morning to cart your children to football, soccer or baseball practice. The love that keeps you up at night holding a sick child that will more than likely make you sick as well. The love that encourages you to sacrifice and save your dollars to pay for that cruise so you and your wife can experience that much deserved getaway. 

For this love, you know and expect that you will have to put in work!  If you feel no empathy for any of the above statements, maybe you don’t know what real love is…but I drift. 

Of course I’m not inferring that emotions aren’t involved with this mature love, but that there is a responsibility attached to it. This feeling of responsibility motivates  you to be outstanding…even when you don’t feelBarber Love Alex Campbell and Wane trade haircuts like it!

The grown up love, is the love that you want your Barber to have. It’s why we spend our money on the best tools, and pay to keep them regularly maintained. Its why we’re always on the look out for new cutting edge techniques, products, and equipment. It’s why we attend hair shows, and keep up with the current trends and styles through social media. It’s why we can greet you with a smile, even though there is soreness in our feet, or pain in our back.  It’s also why each one of us wants to be a better Barber, than the next Barber. The Best Barbers feel that they are “The Best Barber!”

Razor Shave at Exodus Barber Shop by ShelleyWanting to be the best, healthy competition amongst ourselves, it keeps us sharp…and keeps you looking good! This goes to the heart of our Pride

When you go out into the world with a hair cut from me, you represent and advertise my work, a walking billboard of sorts. Not too many individuals have jobs that can say that. But then again, the best barber doesn’t  have a job, he or she, is a business!

People who cut hair for a living, but don’t go through these thought processes, well, those are more than likely just hair cutters, not Barbers. They lack the mind set…they don’t have the love!

So brothers and sisters, the next time you’re ready to get your head right, don’t just “get a cut”, come get you some REAL BARBER LOVE!!! 

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Dan Brown The Barber

 

The V-103 Barber and Beauty Patrol Atlanta, visited Exodus Barber Shop to do a Live Remote Broadcast. Hosted by the beautiful and talented Shanae Hall, the ATL was given a taste of Exodus. Here’s the video curtesy of  Ray Voltz/ Humble Voltz Productions. Ohh by the way, that’s Dan Brown the Barber with the back-round flows, a snippet from the Barberlife Mix CD,  Check it out!

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Dan Brown the Barber owner/master barber Exodus Barber Shop

A few years ago Alex C Campbell (internet marketing guru, founder of barberlife.com, alexccampbell.com and top notch barber at Exodus Barber Shop) told me Barbering was about to blow up. He said, like skateboarding it would become something kids wanted to do, and that there’d be Reality shows based on it. At the time I was a grizzly old Barber-game vet and shop owner who thought I’d seen it all. I pretty much took the profession that subsidized my life ( much more than my college and post graduate education had ever done) for granted. Fast-forward Cedric the Entertainer in Barber Shopto 2014, “Barber Battle” starring Cedric the Entertainer, is a Reality show/ contest set to start on the CW network.

The beautiful truth is that I’m not surprised. That conversation with Alex led to us creating Barber/ Hip-Hop videos “Giddacutt” and “Barberlife” as well as the ” Barberlife Mix CD” with DJ Jamad.

I started to attend The Bronner Brothers Hair Shows, and nurtured relationships with some of the top Barber professionals in the industry. Eventually I befriended Curtis Smith ( Founder of Xotics Products, and personal Barber to Usher and Diddy), and became a proud member of the Team Xotics. I was also fortunate enough to have input at the beginning stages of what is now the premier, city to city Barber Battle: The Hairbattle Tour!

A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity to speak at The Barbers Rountable Dinner. This event is a bi-annual dinner/awards ceremony put on by Curtis Smith and Team Xotics, coinciding with the Bronner Brothers hair show in Atlanta. The Roundtable brings together some of the biggest names in the Barber Industry while facilitating an atmosphere in which all attendees are socializing, and networking on the same level.
As a speaker at this amazing venue I shared a stage with the likes of: Damien and Jermaine Johnson of the No Grease Barber School and chain of Barber Shops in Charlotte, NC; Kamal Nuru founder of the original NYC Barber Battle, and Barber World TV; and Lee Resnick founder of the social networking, and pulse if the barber industry, Barbershopconnect.com. At just such and event I was made aware of an upcoming realty series on a major network based on barber battles. Come to find out Lee had pitched the idea to the networks and now we have Barber Battle on

Alex C. Campbell  Dan Brown  Lee Resnick

Alex C. Campbell Dan Brown Lee Resnick

the CW!

I find it very fitting that Cedric the Entertainer is hosting this program being that the Barbershop movies he starred in played a pivotal role in the popular ascension of the Barber Movement. These were comedies, but they captured the essence of what we call the #barberlife.

Getting involved in my profession rather than just treating it like a job, or even worse a hustle, has greatly enriched my life. Barbers, and people in general, should strive to educate and uplift, as opposed to being spectators and commenters. Only God knows what the results may be, and at least you won’t be so Damn bored all the time!

Want to get involved? Click on some of the links in this article. Take it to the next level people, it’s a lot more fun that way!

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Dan Brown the Barber

What makes a good barber? That seems to be a simple question to which one should answer, “Give a good haircut.” Unfortunately many of you have experienced otherwise. For example, what good is a guy who can cut hair if he’s never at the barber shop.

The Best Barbers In Atlanta IMG_2946 IMG_3074 The fact is, being good at any service entails more than perfecting a particular skill. Customers value dependability. How useful is a one hour cleaner that takes three hours to dry clean the clothes you need for that night. You have somewhere to go, and now your late. It really doesn’t matter how well your suit was pressed!

The same goes for Barbers. I can’t count how many times I’ve served someone new and they complained that although they liked the way the previous barber cut hair, they could never get a hold of him. Most barbers have the advantage of being independent contractors, meaning they pay booth rent and don’t have the traditional restrictions of the common employee.  Too many of them believe that this means they can come and go as they please as long as they fulfill their financial commitment to the shop owner,  but fail to realize that  they are ultimately answerable to their clients. I believe this entails more responsibility, takes more time and commitment.

Alex Campbell is one of the Best Barbers in AtlantaDan Brown the Barber and a High Top fadeBig Kev is One of The Best Barbers in AtlantaA big part of being dependable is consistency, and is why a successful business person can’t just work whenever he or she wants. I tell barbers all the time that they need to be accessible, but within realistic terms. It may sound good to tell customers that  you’ll be in at 6am and work all day, but if thats not reality, don’t say it. Business is like a relationship…don’t set expectations that you can’t live up to. If you meet a girl you like, and you spend $1000.00 every time you go out, she will expect it for the duration of the relationship. In other words, don’t act like a baller if you’re not!  If you want to work 10-7 and take a lunch at 1, let your people know and stick to it. Customers will appreciate you predictability, rather than unmet promises.

Another common complaint are unreasonably long, unexpected waits. A customer calls, the barber tells them they’re next, they arrive in 20 minutes and end up waiting 2 hours. Maybe they slid somebody in real quick, because they didn’t want to miss any money. Maybe the person really wasn’t next any you didn’t  expect them to get their that fast. At the end of the day it  doesn’t matter because you’re customer is now my client, and I make appointments, and they love jumping in the chair and not sitting around the shop.

Dan Brown is one of the Best Barbers in Atlanta at Exodus Barber Shop.Dependability is one of the reasons I work by appointment. I speak on this topic in my article “Why appointments work!”, and you can click on the highlighted area to read more about it.

There are a lot of Barbers out there, and you want the best. You want the best haircut, but you also want someone you can count on. You want a barber that’s responsible, consistent and loves their craft. In other words, part of being the Best barber is being a Dependable Barber.

 

 

Article written by Dan Brown the Barber