The Hair Battle Tour is coming to Atlanta, on April 7th 2013, at Hush Sports Bar and Lounge. The tour is a traveling Barber Battle, which has already hit cities

Hair Battle Tour Atlanta 2013

Hair Battle Tour Atlanta 2013

like LA, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, Columbus Ohio, Tampa, and West Palm Beach Florida. The Hair Battle Tour showcases the skills of the Best Barbers in America, while giving every tonsorial artist the chance to compete, rub elbows with, and be recognized by some of the top professionals in the industry. There will be prizes, including $500.00 for first place. Categories include Free Style Design, Fastest Fade, Mohawk with Beard, and Best Duplication design in which barbers will have the challenge of replicating a given image while  still adding their own flare.

The Hair Battle Tour is brought to you by Xotics Products ( makers of Sweet Jamila,
Shave Therapy, and many other top quality, all natural hair, and skin products.  Additionally, Pro Grip, the Clipper Cover company is teaming up with Xotics locally to make this event happen.

But there’s much more! There will also be a Sneaker Battle! You got the freshest pair of Jordan’s, or some wicked original art work on your kicks, show em’ what you got! The Sneaker Battle will be hosted and Judged by the New Jersey YouTube Legend Danny Amorin, of Team Xotics and owner of Klippers Barber Shop (

But that’s still not all! The next day serious Barbers will have an opportunity to learn from the best. On April 8th Curtis Smith, Jessie Lima, Jorge Sierra will be conducting 6 hours worth of Intense Barber Training Classes.

The tour also is a vehicle of promotion and recognition for some of the Hair industry’s top product creators, and service providers. Xotics was created by Curtis IMG_0996Smith, who is also the personal barber for Diddy, Usher, and many other celebrities. Pro Grip was founded by Tim Shelton who, despite not being a hair professional, saw a need and created a product that insulates the barber’s hands from hot clippers and trimmers. The tour is also cosponsored by Da Guage, Premier Clipper Company, Graff*etch Hair Pattern Pencils, Pacinos App, HSC-The Hair Simulation Company, 6thelement, Classic Barber Threads, The Professionals Barber Shop, Barberizm, MBA, Thumbs Up Barber Shop and Exodus Barber Shop.

If you are interested in competing, purchasing tickets, or just want more information visit the official website at
As I stated earlier, Exodus Barber Shop, The Best Barber Shop in Atlanta (Shameless Plug!) is one of the sponsors of the event, and tickets are available at our Stone Mountain Location, as well as various Barber Shops, and retailers around the Atlanta area. And it doesn’t stop in Atlanta, next up…Boston May 5th! (then Chicago, then West Palm Beach, then……….)


article written by Dan Brown “The Barber”

Greetings good people. I’m coming off  a big Hair Show weekend in Atlanta. If you don’t already know, the Bronner Brothers is the preeminent Black Hair Show in the country, attracting upwards of 100,000 participants. I did notice that the crowds were not as thick as usual, but there was no lack of activity. Exodus Barber Shop was well represented as Dan Brown”the Barber” (me!) was a platform artist with the Xotics Natural Hair and Skin Care Company.  The Xotics stage also featured the likes of Curtis Smith, founder of Xotics products and Barber to Usher, Diddy and many other noteworthy A-List celebrities. Along with Curtis, and Dan, were DC Conley (vice president), Jessie Lima, Christina Goree, Kelan Bilal, and many other Team Xotics Barber Stars! We got busy on that stage, but the highlight of my weekend was the The Barber’s Roundtable at Mingles restaurant and nightclub. This semi-annual event, hosted by Curtis Smith and Xotics, gives Barbers from around the country a place to network, and hear exciting highly motivated speakers in their industry. This summer’s event featured: Christina Goree the dynamic platform artists and educator for the Wahl Clipper Company, who is also a world traveling Celebrity stylist; Nuri West, a founding partner of Major League Barbers, a team of talented barbers who travel the world representing the Barber profession; Lee Resnick, founder of , one of the industry’s premier Social Networking websites; Tim Shelton creator of the Pro Grip Clipper cover;  Tone McGill a platform artist and educator for Andis Clipper Company. Now everyone on the stage was impressive, but I was actually in awe of Mary Jenkins founder of Christians Overcoming Cancer, an organization that is dedicated to helping cancer patients handle their expenses as they face the horrible disease. Amazingly the organization dedicates 90% of every dollar made to cancer patients, and Mary, who is a cancer srvivor herself doesn’t take a dime! I call her a modern day Hero!  Now I was also blown away by the first speaker Floyd Kenyatta. Mr Kenyatta is one of the most powerful voices in our industry. He is the founder of the Black Hair Olympics team, Chairman of the US Council of Black Salon Owners, and President of New Age Distributors. Kenyatta is “Global Ambassador” for Paul Mitchell Hair Systems, who actually does business out of China which has respectfully yet playfully led to people he works with in the worlds most populous nation to refer to him as “Blackanese”! Refreshingly this Global Icon has made himself available to all of us in the industry who take it seriously. On top all this Kenyatta is a hair product innovator, check him out at  After all of this we still got it in as I toasted it up with Curtis Smith, Lamar Watkins and the Rest of my Team Xotics bretheren. I’m still recovering as I write this!