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Meet Dee Does It All of Red Carpet Barbershop in Homestead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dee Does It All.

Dee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started cutting hair when I was 16 years old mainly because I was tired of my mom messing up my hair only because we were not fortunate enough to afford a haircut every week. Once I started practicing on myself and began to get better my friends would let me practice on them and before I knew it I was working in a barbershop at 16 years of age. I worked at a shop for years that had a good amount of clientele but was in a rural area of Miami. Once I became older and social media began to exist I started hearing about barber battles and airshows around the country. At the time, I was also doing side work as a videographer. Once I attended a hair show and seen how big the culture was I became hooked. I started working to perfect my craft and started networking with barbers all around the country before I knew it the hair battle I attended once upon a time hired me to travel the country with them to throw different hair battles and barber events in over 30 cities. Once I began traveling I saw the barber culture for what it really was and the potential it has that no one in my city knows about. I began cutting celebrities, filming tutorials, judging barber battles, and much more things to lift the culture and expand myself as a brand. I traveled to over 100 barbershops around the US promoting the hair battles. I used to come how and fall into depression for the simple fact I wasn’t happy where I worked anymore and seen the potential I can grow into if I expand and bring the ideas I saw on the road to my hometown. After working with an unbelievable hunger I never knew I had in myself 15-18 hour shifts I saved enough money to open up my own barbershop called Red Carpet Barbershop, I could of easily went to south beach or coral gables with the style and look of my shop but instead I chose to help build my own city with nice things compared to the cities that already have nice things. We opened up October 7, 2015 and in a matter of 6 months my shop had a tremendous amount of clientele and good barbers who till this day we all help each other and try to build our brand every day. I never had any business background nor experience. No family members who own businesses nor many who have degrees. When they told me they’re proud of me and what I built I couldn’t understand at first. To open and run a successful business in 6 months at the age of 25 was something I didn’t think of in the beginning. I just used to think they have no idea of what I’m really trying to build this is just the beginning. Now I know I’ve been blessed but it was all thru hard work dedication and vision which a lot of people in my city have never been exposed to.

Every day I try to lead by example and be part of the solution not part of the problem.

Today, I still work hard and look towards the future. My clientele increased drastically to the point I’m booked weeks in advance. My barbershop has a Hollywood theme that’s very eye catching with a bar and everything. I’m always looking for innovations and things to separate myself and my team from the cliché. I’m truly proud of what I’m building and the things I’m planning.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We all have ups and downs, some more than others. I come from a broken home where we were all just products of our environment. Life expectations were only as far as what you see around. Not many graduate, a lot of friends are dead or in jail, no one is business oriented nor have aspirations to dream big. To stay above the struggle is a challenge within itself. Money of course is not easy to come by and keeps a lot of us in a revolving door trying to get ahead. A lot just need the opportunity and funding to be great but it’s easier said than done. A lot of people change on you when you work towards your goals but if your focus is not in tact you will get sidetracked and discouraged. Tough times don’t last, tough people do and I always try to keep a positive aspect and attitude towards any difficulty in my path as I know it’s only temporary.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Red Carpet Barbershop – what should we know?
We are a new age Barbershop. We specializing in all modern and vintage haircuts, hot towel shaves, men’s facials, and more. Were known for our quality of haircuts as well as our Hollywood red carpet look. The shop is equipped with 10 stations, reception desk, waiting benches, and a limited complimentary bar. We are most proud of the variety of ethnicities in our clientele as well as the amount of traffic we see compared to barbershops in the area that have been opened 5-10 years. What sets us apart is our look, quality of work, and professionalism we keep at our shop.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Positivity is everything to me. You get what you give out. You attract what you believe. I always believe in being a positive person and never showing anyone another side even when times are hard. People attract to the ones that make them better, make them feel better compared to the ones who put you down or are always in a bad mood. When you come to the shop its more about the experience than just a haircut a lot of our clients are an extended family to us and we try our best to get to know each and every client. I always try to keep the vibes and ambience in the barbershop positive and clients see that and express the difference they feel when they step in our shop compared to other shops. You can sense the feel of a family within our workers and clients and we try hard to keep that mindset.

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1 Comment

  1. Jo Ortiz

    August 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I went to Jr. high school with this young man. I’m thrilled to see someone make a difference in the city i grew up in. With all the violence and negativity down south, its always good to see a positive story. My goal is to move back down south and bring change to the city I miss. Many blessings and Much success to you Dee and everyone around you. Keep up the good work.

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