Master Kutz Barbershop

by Terry Watson | May 10th, 2012
Master Kutz Barbershop Team

Master Kutz Barbershop Team (Photo by Perfect Lenz Photography)

When it was time for Greensboro native, Shawn Walden to choose a career path, he honestly admits he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do. After graduation from Southeast Guilford High School, he says his outlook on life was just like that of most other teenagers. He had played football but wasn’t sure about attending college. Joking, he says his parents encouraged him to make up his mind. He wanted to engage in a necessary profession and so he did. With prayer, his sights were set on becoming a professional barber.

Growing up, Walden would set up shop in his back yard and cut his younger brother Steven’s hair, and anyone else that was brave enough to allow him to practice. After being inspired by his mother, he says those experiences eventually persuaded him to enroll at Winston-Salem Barber School. After graduating in 1994, he began his apprenticeship under the direction of Horace Harris. He says it was Harris who taught him how to respect the business and present himself professionally; even when he thinks that none of his clients are looking. As time passed on, he says he pondered the idea of owning his own shop. “I talked with my dad about the idea, and he told me go for it. I was scared but also inspired by my father’s confidence in my ability.” Unfortunately, his father died just three months before he opened the doors of Master Kutz Barbershop. He says he is reminded of his father’s words each time he enters his shop. “This is my dream and my passion, and what my father wanted me to do,” he states.

Even as he faces challenges, he continues to strive because of his connection to a higher power. “My relationship with God has produced a road map for my life. God is first because He has blessed me with talent and ability, and also a great staff,” he says. Meeting new people, becoming a successful entrepreneur, and inspiring others is what he enjoys about his job. Moving forward, he hopes to increase Master Kutz presence in his community and possibly open another location.

Brian Davis describes himself as a professional, productive and creative barber. He began styling hair nearly six years ago after graduating from Pyramid Institute of Barbering in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is a native of Raeford, N.C. but has lived in Greensboro for the greater portion of his life. He graduated from Northeast High School and attended Guilford Technical Community College. He is also an active member of the NAACP. Initially he says his aspirations were to work in the medical field. However something pulled him to into the field of barbering. He accredits his wife Dacia with providing him with constant encouragement and support. “Without God, I have realized that I am nothing,” he says.

Ricky Dove is a native of Trenton, N.C. After graduating from Jones Senior High School, he attended Harris Barber College in Raleigh, N.C. He eventually obtained his professional barbering license and moved to Greensboro where he began his apprenticeship at Love Barbershop. With over 30 years of barbering experience, he specializes in temper tapers, fades and regular cuts. He says he is driven to make his clients look good. “Satisfying my customers and ensuring that when they walk out of my shop, is the same goal I had when I first began my career as a barber,” he says.

Antonio Boyd was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He graduated from Northwest Halifax High School and then moved to Greensboro in 1996. He later enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College to study the craft of welding. While at GTCC, he says he decided to try something different. Since the age of 15, he says he always wanted to be a professional barber. In 2011, he enrolled at Winston-Salem Barber School. After obtaining his license he was offered his first opportunity to barber at Master Kutz. According to him, it all about customer satisfaction in the profession of barbering; it is what separates the good barbers from the great ones. “I love to see the satisfaction on my clients face after seeing the job I have done,” he says. Razor Lines, Tapers and Designs are all weapons in his styling arsenal.

Marcus Watlington is a native of Burlington, N.C. and was raised in Cherry Grove, N.C. He graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School and later enrolled in Winston-Salem Barber School. As a child, he says his father would cut his hair. “He would always mess it up. I didn’t like the way it was and so I asked him to give me the clippers so I could do it myself,” he says. Pleased with his results, he decided to take his new skill to another level. The versatility of clients and the challenge of accommodating each of their needs is what he says he loves most about his career.

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