We here at The Giving Athlete are devoted to THE GIVING ATHLETE. Yet there are other individuals who are a part of these athletes’ lives. These individuals are not only a part of their lives, but are also involved within the community, using their connections with these athletes for good. With that said, we profile Mr. Steven “The Canes Barber.”
At times when following your favorite athlete you may notice that they are “sporting” a new “fresh cut.” It is the personalized and or custom “cuts” that attract our attention. As a football fan you will only notice these custom “cuts” when a player takes his helmet off on the sideline.
If you are a big Miami football fan (Canes and or Fins), you’ve probably heard of this talented man with the scissors and the clippers, Mr. Steven ”The Canes Barber.” Steven is a big fan what we are doing here at The Giving Athlete. We were curious and wanted to know more about the man behind the scissors and the clippers. The man who gets these young men looking “fresh and clean” for their everyday activities. Steven took some time to answer a few questions for us.
Q: I would ask you about your nickname, but it is obvious you are a die-hard Canes fan. So the more appropiate question would be, when did this all start?
A: It all started when I lost my job out of Highschool. I needed to find some type of income to help my parents. I’m the backbone of my family. I ended up meeting Javarris James (Former RB for UM), he then introduced me to Lance Leggett (Former UM WR) and we developed a friendship. One day they hit me up out of the blue. They couldn’t reach a their barber so they asked me if I could line them up before a game and I did. Since then I have been the go to guy for former and present Miami Hurricanes. I never really realized that this was such a talent that I had. I believe that things happen for a reason, and this I am very thankful for.
Q: When did you realize that you were this gifted with scissors and clippers?
A: One day DeMarcus Van Dyke (former Cane now Oakland Raider DB) said to me, “Hey you know Channel 7 news wants to interview you about our haircuts!” I was surprised. That made me feel so good about my work and put a smile on my face. Barbers don’t really receive that type of praise about their work.
Q: A majority of your clients are football players (NCAA & NFL) , do you have any other clients from other sports?
A: I also cut hair for the basketball and baseball players at the University of Miami. I’m in the process of expanding my talents to the MLB and the NBA.
Q: The beginning of football season has to be hectic for you. How often do you travel to take care of your clients? Do they come to visit you? How do you manage your time during this period since you are in demand?
A: I travel every week. Sometimes if I’m not able to make it they will come to me. My schedule does get hectic at times, but I have a set agenda. I organize my agenda according to the different seasons. Football is pretty easy, but basketball and baseball are a mission lol!
Q: What are some of the most unique “cuts” you have done? Of those unique cuts, which one took the most time to complete?
A: The most unique design I have done is called the “The U SWAG.” It is my signature design and I have received a lot of praise for it. I did it on former UM QB Jacory Harris’s head. It was nationally recognized after our victory over the Oklahoma Sooners 21-20 in 2009. When they asked Jacory about his haircut, he replied, “it’s called The U SWAG. It’s something we’re trying to bring back to this program.” That cut took a long time for me to design. That cut is what officially gave me my name “The Canes Barber.”
Q: You recently took the time out to give haircuts to a local optimist football team in Miami, is this something you do often? How did you get involved with that?
Yeah, one thing I love doing is giving back to the local optimist and high school football teams. Before a big game I pick a team and give them free haircuts. A couple of the high schools I gave free cuts to were the Miami Northwestern Bulls and Booker T. Washington High School.
I’m looking forward to working with other local schools and teams. It’s awesome to see the smile on their faces when they look in the mirror and see that they have a fresh, awesome new cut. It’s the little things you do for them that helps build their confidence and self-esteem. Growing up my parents couldn’t afford to get me a haircut, so whenever I can make them feel the same way that my NCAA and NFL clients feel after a cut, it’s all worth it! I have a motto I always preach to my clients, ”When you Look Good you Play Good!”
You can check out more of Steven’s work by following him on twitter: @CanesBarber