How celebrity barber Vic Blends went from cutting hair in his garage to styling the stars

Are people surprised to see someone who isn’t Black skilled at cutting African Americans’ hair?

I don’t really think about it that way. I grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and all my friends were Black. It’s just [who] I’ve always been around. I remember my very first edge-up. A lady used to cut my hair with scissors, and I got clowned for not having an edge-up. One of my friends told me he was gonna help me out, so he took me to the barbershop, and I got my first edge-up. It was a big difference. After that, I loved going to the barbershop because of the energy and the guys [who] were there. They spent a lot of time passing down knowledge and game.

You’ve accomplished a great deal at 21. What goals have you set beyond the chair?

I have a product now and also an online academy. My goal is to create a line of products because I won’t be able to pass my skills down to my children. I also can only cut so many heads. I can’t touch everyone everywhere, but a line of products enables me to touch more people. The product line and academy will allow me to leave a legacy.


Vic Fontanez and Nelly (Photo courtesy of Vic Fontanez)

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