Basketball is often used as a form of self-expression. There are no shields or helmets like in other sports, so each team is visible to the world.
Jules Gutierrez has cut Jayson Tatum’s hair since he was a child. When asked about the importance of hair and the league, he explains: “The work of a hairdresser can have such an impact on a person’s self-confidence and style.”
He stated, “To see Jayson’s influence in terms of his basketball skills alone and how that affects his style is very humbling to me …[and] Knowing that people all over the world want the same haircut is surreal. ”
Another firm stylist, Saadiyah, is the living legend behind Allen Iverson’s larger-than-life hairstyles. She was on set for commercials and magazine shoots and traveled the world making sure his iconic hair was presentable and manicured tightly. Saadiyah relates how her client opened doors: “Before the cornrows, there was the Afro and Allen [Iverson] broke through the glass ceiling by representing our culture, being himself and doing things his way. ”
Terrence “Toot” Collins is an accomplished hairdresser with NBA and NFL clientele. He cuts the hair of the Atlanta Hawks De’Andre Hunter and was a mentor and friend. Collins shares, “When he was 8 years old, I told him he was going to be an NBA player … he always came into the store with a basketball.”
“De’Andre’s father has died and his brother Aaron, mother, and sister surround him with good, positive people.”
“The hairdresser is really important to a person’s development,” says Collins, “not just their appearance, but above all their life.”
Anthony Gilbert is from Philadelphia and is a graduate of Temple University. He currently writes for SLAM Magazine and is one of the founders of SOLE Collector Magazine. consequences @axgilbert on Twitter and Instagram for his thoughts, inspiration, and updates from and about the NBA.