Michael Cheek

by Terry Watson | November 4th, 2010
Micael Cheek

Michael Cheek

One of the most memorable accomplishments for Michael Cheek happened when he founded the first and only barber program within the confines of a correctional facility in the state of North Carolina. At the Harnett Correctional Institute located in Lillington, Cheek witnessed the state furnish inmates with a new barber school building and on site barbershop, providing the inmates the chance to learn and practice the entire art of hair cutting and shaving.

A native of Goldston, Cheek began learning the art of barbering at the young age of 15. After finishing high school, he attended Central Carolina Community College, and later enrolled into the barber school at Sanford Lee school of barbering. Once licensed, he was employed by CCCC as an Instructor. At that time, they had the first and only community college barber program in the entire state.

Barbering has taken Cheek into other arenas. He is currently a personal barber to nine members of the University of North Carolina mens basketball team in Chapel Hill. “It’s a job I enjoy very much,” says Cheek. “They really confide in me and I could write some kind of book but I’m sworn to secrecy.” His client list has included such names as Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets), Danny Green (Cleveland. Cavaliers), Raymond Felton (New York Knicks), Jason Brown (St. Louis Rams), Willie Parker (Super Bowl MVP) Ed Davis (Toronto Raptors), and current UNC players Dexter Strickland, John Henson, Leslie McDonald, Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, Reggie Bullock, Justin Knox, Mike Copeland (Europe) and Will Graves.

With 11 years of barbering experience and seven as an instructor, Cheek says he aspires to change the barbering profession. “Barbering is an honorable profession and I train all of my students to act the part,” states Cheek. Currently he is the lead instructor of Durham’s Park West Barber College and says he will be the director of a new Park West location. Cheek has been married for 20 years and has three wonderful sons.

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