The Barbers and Stylists Behind the NBA’s Freshest Cuts and Braids

Basketball is commonly used as a type of self-expression. There aren’t any shields or helmets like different sports activities, subsequently every workforce is elevated for the world to see. 

Jules Gutierrez has been reducing Jayson Tatum’s hair since he was somewhat boy. When requested concerning the significance of hair and the League, he explains, “A barber’s work may be so influential to somebody’s confidence and magnificence.”

He elaborated: “Seeing Jayson’s affect along with his basketball expertise alone and the way that transcends to his model may be very humbling to me…[and] understanding that individuals around the globe need that very same haircut is surreal.” 

One other tenured stylist, Saadiyah, is the residing legend behind Allen Iverson’s larger-than-life hairstyles. She has been on set for industrial and journal shoots, in addition to traveled the world to make sure his iconic hair is presentable and tightly manicured. Saadiyah shares how her shopper opened doorways: “Earlier than the cornrows, there was the afro, and Allen [Iverson] broke by way of the glass ceiling by representing our tradition, being himself and doing issues his manner.” 

Terrence “Toot” Collins is an achieved barber with NBA and NFL clientele. He cuts the Atlanta Hawks De’Andre Hunter’s hair and has been a mentor and good friend. Collins shares, “I instructed him when he was 8 years outdated, that he could be an NBA participant…he used to come back to the store with a basketball.”

“De’Andre’s dad died and his brother Aaron, mother and sister surrounded him with good constructive individuals.”

“The barber is actually essential to an individual’s improvement,” Collins says, “not simply the bodily look, extra importantly their life.”


Anthony Gilbert is a Philadelphia native and graduate of Temple College. He at the moment writes for SLAM Journal and is likely one of the founders of SOLE Collector Journal. Observe @axgilbert on Twitter and Instagram for his ideas, inspiration, and updates from inside and across the NBA.

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