DeNorval Parks, AKA Six, The Book of Knowledge, the Six-million Dollar Barber forms the soul of the Levels triumvirate along with Kamal Nuru and Larry Wilson. A Desert Storm veteran who was hit by a car when he was twenty-two, he would eventually come to lose his two legs as a result of the complications that arose from that accident. However, Six is so much more than a double-amputee: he is a true tonsorial artist capable of standing on his two prosthetics longer than most on their natural legs. He approaches barbering with the belief that the barbering experience is a spiritual experience where two people come together and share of themselves. He listens, he dishes out advice, he strives to be whatever you need him to be. Six has been barbering for over eighteen years and brings to the profession a curiosity, both for the profession and for life. (Just ask him about apple cider vinegar.) DeNorval has invested his life into Levels and the profession and is, “the driving force behind all the fly shit.”
Larry Wilson, is a partner of Levels and was there at the beginning—literally helping to rip off the old plastered walls to exposed the brick, and put in the wood floors that would come to represent the Levels aesthetic at the Levels-125th shop and beyond. Larry and fellow partner Kamal Nuru have been working together for almost thirty years, carefully shaping the Levels franchise and distinguishing Levels from all the other barbershops in New York City. Larry prides himself in giving his clients a calm and collected, laid back, kind of experience, one in which both he and his clients feel open to talk about anything. As such, he boasts a clientele ranging from local folk to celebrities that have been going to Larry for years. He is the premier Levels athlete and is a sports guy. He specializes in conservative cuts, afros, and tapers.
Edgar, AKA “The Underground Barber” is Levels-Lexington’s oldest barber and has been cutting and grooming for over 28 years. He started by cutting his own hair and today has clients that have been coming to him—and only him—for years. Edgar brings to Levels a kind of “Dominican-in-a-Black-Barbershop” kind of uniqueness and prides himself in creating a no-judgement zone for his clients. He is also an avid runner and a personal trainer. He is a connoisseur of the classic, timeless cut—the sort of haircut that almost appears to not even be a haircut, but that requires the attention to detail that only an expert is capable of.
See Him In Action
See Him In Action
LaBront People like personal. People like a personal touch. People like a personal service and personal attention. Personal care strokes the soul because of the personal care that is attached to it. When you attend to people personally, you let them know that they matter to you. You are building a relationship based on care and concern. As the self-branded personal barber who provides a clean and precise cut, L.B. has built a success cycle around consistently caring for his clients. He always tells his clients, “I work for you.” Similarly, he has worked in barbering for many years—since the age of 10, to be exact. L.B’s background in barbering stems from his love of art. Barbers in his community doing Big Daddy Kane sort of designs captivated L.B. Bursting with the desire to recreate the clipper- and razor-crafted imagery; L.B. started giving haircuts to friends and people in his neighborhood. A few years later, he got the opportunity to work in a unisex shop after school. He started with Caesars, lineups, and designs to get comfortable with cutting on a more consistent basis. In his immersion into barbering, L.B. discovered that he really likes the finishing touch of a razor. “The razor is like wax on a floor,” he said. “It adds that touch that makes the haircut pop.” What L.B. likes most of all, is that the razor allows him to give a clean and precise haircut. L.B. contends that precision will always be a part of his barbering platform. “I take pride in being precise,” L.B. shared. “It’s an honor.”