Lamont Blaylock – Licensed Professional Barber

by Terry Watson | May 5th, 2011
Lamont Blaylock

Lamont Baylock (Photo by: Greg Coats)

With well over 20 years of experience under his belt as a licensed professional barber, Lamont Blaylock of Raleigh says he believes in the importance of being a father figure in his community. He says that he is a man of great integrity and a role model of high morals.

“I picked up my first pair of clippers at age 14, and began cutting my own hair after being taught by my older brother, who had a natural skill for cutting hair,” says Blaylock. Though his brothers’ aspirations led him to undertake a profession as a painter, Blaylock says he decided to continue the craft that came naturally to him.

In Blaylocks chosen profession, it is important to possess people skills. He says he enjoys listening and talking to people and learned in the early stages of his career that you must have respect for your craft and for others. As he has endured the many challenges of entrepreneurship, his business has grown and prospered under his leadership.

He says there came a moment when he felt that he needed to make his mark on his city. “I understood what it would take to earn a name for myself in this business,” explains Blaylock. Knowing this, Blaylock has incorporated key elements into his life and business which he says all point to success. These elements include punctualness, dependability, a love for family and a desire to consistently produce quality work.

Blaylock says his wife Angela has been right by his side for the past 20 years. “She is my rock and I couldn’t have made it this far without her,” he says. His father, James Blaylock, he says instilled in him the know-how of entrepreneurship. His father is the owner of All Time Cab Company in Raleigh and prepared Blaylock with his actions and words. He credits his mother, Eleanor, for preparing him spiritually and mentally as well, and by being a woman of strong faith and character.

Blaylock says that he blessed to be surrounded by a group of individuals that are close knit and have a lot of respect for each other. These professionals include Deborah Davis, a Raleigh native who has been styling hair since 1981. Her expertise in the field of barbering include healthy hair care, cuts, weaves and color. Additional skill sets including sewing, of which she designs barber and stylist jackets of all types. Away from Blakes, she is a supervisor in the sewing department of John Hopkins Hospital.

Kelly Ross is a native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. A master barber who says she loves what she does, brings diversity to the chair by styling both men and women’s hair, and children’s cuts as well. The most important part of the barbering trade according to Ross is customer service, of which she provides on a consistent and superior level. “It’s your world when you sit in my chair,” she says.

Willie Cox is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He brings well over 14 years of barbering experience to Blakes. While specializing in styling women, men and childrens hair, he is also skillful with shaping eyebrows. “While enjoying my profession, I often find time to mentor the youth in a respectful behavior,” says Cox.

Stylist Linda Ray is the co-owner and also manages the salon segment at Blakes. She is a God fearing woman and says that even though styling hair wasn’t her first career choice, it has become her true love. A seasoned stylist, Ray says that the relationships that she has been fortunate to build with her clients are what makes her job worthwhile. Her path into the cosmetology field was paved by her sister, a former beautician. Specializing in Hair Weaves, Up Dos and customer appreciation, she advises everyone to “know who you are and what you are and success will follow”.

Barber Larry D. Smith is a native of Raleigh and graduated from the University of Barber and Cosmetology. “At this point in my career, my focus is to continue to grow in God’s grace because He has given me a love and ability for cutting hair,” he says. In addition to styling hair, Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, and playing sports. “I would advise anyone who wants to become a barber professionally to count up the cost,” he says.

Lamanda Mccullers is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for ten years and says she has always enjoyed the art of hair creation. “At a young age, I loved the moments when my mother took me to the salon to get my hair done. I always watched each stylist and studied their techniques,” says Mccullers. That always inspired her and she learned that styling hair is an art of creation.

Natasha Greene says hairstyling has been a passion of hers every since she was able to hold a comb. As an adult she found out that it was not only a passion, but a gift given by God. She enrolled and graduated from Mitchell’s Hairstyling Academy in Cary, North Carolina in 2009 and has been working for 11 years as a stylist. “I know that I have barely scratched the surface of the many facets of cosmetic arts,” says Greene. Her life’s motto is “If you want positive things to fill your life than think and speak only positive things”. Greene says she is enjoying this journey and has met a lot of people and learned a lot as well. “People will treat you the way that you treat them and I always keep that in mind when interacting with customers,” Greene says.

Valerie D. Bishop began her journey as a stylist in high school, doing some of her friend’s hair more so for fun and creativity. Her passion was fashion design. Due to limited sources she chose a general field of business at North Carolina State University. The creativity of design still ran rapid in her mind, so she seriously considered her craft of hair styling as a possible avenue. Now, 21 years later, in addition to enjoying a successful career as a stylist, she has also held numerous titles and obtained various educational accomplishments.

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