Calgary’s Viral Tiktok Barber Is a Philosopher Behind the Chair

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With over 3 million TikTok followers and hundred of videos of transformational cuts, it’s no wonder this Calgary-based barber is known as a “surgeon with the clips.”

20-year-old Nigerian-Canadian Doc Dami (a.k.a. Damicuts) is already proving to be a master barber. Dami goes above and beyond your average barber. Not only are his clients walking out looking like a new person, he’s also delving deep into conversation. He’s all about self-improvement and quality work. When he’s not changing a life with a fresh cut, he’s working on himself and spending time interacting with his followers.

He’s the real deal. And though he doesn’t operate out of a barbershop, he’s still carrying on the legacy of the barbershop chair being a spot where Black men can be vulnerable and have real conversations.

Of course, aside from that, his fades and line-ups are immaculate. So you get why, on top of regular people, his client list also includes high-profile rappers like DDG, Roy Woods, and Dax.

Below are mildly edited questions and answers including Dami’s insight on his self-help books, his growing business, and his life since his “surgical” fades blew up on TikTok.

Tell me about your products. Where do we get those?
The way I market my products is very indirect. There’s a link in my Instagram bio. I say it’s recommended, but I don’t say, “Hey guys, buy my product.”

You’ve got a hair growth oil and a hair curling product, right?
Yeah, right now I’m adding more, including a hair gel. That’ll be a big one. But I’m focusing on quality.

I noticed there’s a trend with curly hair. Everybody wants curly hair now… and I get asked a lot how people can curl their hair. So I asked my suppliers to make the best product for curling hair.

How do you decide whose hair to cut? Are you picking random followers or walking up to random shaggy dudes on the street and being like, ‘Bro, let me cut your hair’?
I get a lot of DMs from people showing me their hair and asking if I can save it. I go through the DMs and I flag the ones that actually need it. I do cut people who don’t really need a transformation, but the ones I pick for content are the ones that actually need saving. So I just go through the DMs and go, “I got you and I got you.”

How many cuts do you do a day or week?
Less than two, usually. I’m focusing on quality, so at most three a day. And that’s on a rare day.

What’s more difficult, the cutting of the hair or the managing of the influencer business that you have found yourself within now as well?
Cutting hair is super easy now. I’ve done it so much that I don’t even really think about it. I’m thinking about something else in my head, so my brain just does it on autopilot.

The business aspect and influencer thing… I’m just trying to understand the algorithm. It’s tricky. There’s a log of engagement in it, but sometimes I feel like the way the algo works is weird. I just try to figure out the pattern, when to post and all that. It’s tricky.

How are you defining success in your future?
That’s always changing as I grow. The things I wanted last year aren’t the same as this year. Basically, I’ve started digging deeper within myself to see why I do what I do and what I really want out of life. I do want financial freedom—that’s one of my biggest things—but I still want to cut hair. I don’t want to cut hair because I have to, but because I want to. But I feel like there’s something bigger to life than that… because once I have it all—the money, the status, the girl—what’s next? That’s what I’m trying to discover right now.

The biggest thing right now is building my relationship with God. A lot of things that happened to me today I don’t think is me alone… it’s God. So much stuff I can’t explain how they happened. I definitely want to build that faith.

Coleman Molnar

February 3, 2022·5 min read

Image via Publicist

With over 3 million TikTok followers and hundred of videos of transformational cuts, it’s no wonder this Calgary-based barber is known as a “surgeon with the clips.”

20-year-old Nigerian-Canadian Doc Dami (a.k.a. Damicuts) is already proving to be a master barber. Dami goes above and beyond your average barber. Not only are his clients walking out looking like a new person, he’s also delving deep into conversation. He’s all about self-improvement and quality work. When he’s not changing a life with a fresh cut, he’s working on himself and spending time interacting with his followers.

He’s the real deal. And though he doesn’t operate out of a barbershop, he’s still carrying on the legacy of the barbershop chair being a spot where Black men can be vulnerable and have real conversations.

Of course, aside from that, his fades and line-ups are immaculate. So you get why, on top of regular people, his client list also includes high-profile rappers like DDGRoy Woods, and Dax.

Below are mildly edited questions and answers including Dami’s insight on his self-help books, his growing business, and his life since his “surgical” fades blew up on TikTok.

Tell me about your products. Where do we get those?
The way I market my products is very indirect. There’s a link in my Instagram bio. I say it’s recommended, but I don’t say, “Hey guys, buy my product.”

You’ve got a hair growth oil and a hair curling product, right?
Yeah, right now I’m adding more, including a hair gel. That’ll be a big one. But I’m focusing on quality.

I noticed there’s a trend with curly hair. Everybody wants curly hair now… and I get asked a lot how people can curl their hair. So I asked my suppliers to make the best product for curling hair.

“I don’t want to cut hair because I have to, but because I want to. But I feel like there’s something bigger to life than that… because once I have it all—the money, the status, the girl—what’s next?”

How do you decide whose hair to cut? Are you picking random followers or walking up to random shaggy dudes on the street and being like, ‘Bro, let me cut your hair’?
I get a lot of DMs from people showing me their hair and asking if I can save it. I go through the DMs and I flag the ones that actually need it. I do cut people who don’t really need a transformation, but the ones I pick for content are the ones that actually need saving. So I just go through the DMs and go, “I got you and I got you.”

How many cuts do you do a day or week?
Less than two, usually. I’m focusing on quality, so at most three a day. And that’s on a rare day.

What’s more difficult, the cutting of the hair or the managing of the influencer business that you have found yourself within now as well?
Cutting hair is super easy now. I’ve done it so much that I don’t even really think about it. I’m thinking about something else in my head, so my brain just does it on autopilot.

The business aspect and influencer thing… I’m just trying to understand the algorithm. It’s tricky. There’s a log of engagement in it, but sometimes I feel like the way the algo works is weird. I just try to figure out the pattern, when to post and all that. It’s tricky.

Doc Dami with his client DDG/Image via Publicist

How are you defining success in your future?
That’s always changing as I grow. The things I wanted last year aren’t the same as this year. Basically, I’ve started digging deeper within myself to see why I do what I do and what I really want out of life. I do want financial freedom—that’s one of my biggest things—but I still want to cut hair. I don’t want to cut hair because I have to, but because I want to. But I feel like there’s something bigger to life than that… because once I have it all—the money, the status, the girl—what’s next? That’s what I’m trying to discover right now.

The biggest thing right now is building my relationship with God. A lot of things that happened to me today I don’t think is me alone… it’s God. So much stuff I can’t explain how they happened. I definitely want to build that faith.

Do you usually have conversations like this with the people who sit in your chair?
Oh yeah! They love it. It’s one of the reasons I love cutting hair is to talk about stuff like this.

I’ve seen a couple videos of you playing one-on-one basketball where the loser has to shave his head. How many times have you done that?
I’ve done it twice.

And you won them both?
Yeah, I used to play basketball back in high school, so I have a little experience.

Look man, I’m washed up, but I used to ball and I’m still six-foot-six. I can still get wrists over the rim. I’ll take the challenge if I can get out to Calgary.
Look, I’ll give you work, man! I’m decent at basketball. I’m five-foot-nine, but I can dunk.

Culled from Yahoo Finance

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