Vince the Barber has established himself as the connoisseur for some of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities. A Toronto native, Vince always had aspirations of moving to Los Angeles and opening his own barbershop. With over twelve years of cutting experience, he’s mastered the art and techniques of the barber trade. Vince is the Co-Founder of Grey Matter and is proud and blessed to have such a solid team of barbers/stylist. As a licensed barber, Vince has developed a proficient eye for styles that are both modern and unique. He specializes in services that include straight razor shaves, tapers, lineups and designs that are cutting edge and eye catching. With any service, Vince works to ensure that his clients’ needs are catered to. Vince established himself as an exclusive barber and has cut celebrities such as Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer, Chris Webber, T.I, Ludacris, Drake, Kid Cudi, Fabolous, Tyrese, Ginuwine, Miguel, and many more. He has worked onset for shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew, America’s Got Talent, The Jay Leno Show and just recently onset for FAST and Furious 6 and 7. His work can also be seen in magazines, movies, commercials and tradeshows. Throughout the years, Vince has gained an on going, positive and trustworthy rapport with his celebrity clientele. Dedicated and determined, Vince always strives for perfection. Whether a celebrity or not, Vince is known for being precise and consistent.
Joey Nieves was born in San Juan , Puerto Rico where he started his career at a young age. At some point he realized that the market in the Island was limited compared to the goals he wanted to achieve.
With a strong passion for fashion, design, and style Joey decided to move to Miami after exploring several cities in the East Coast. From there he then took his talents to Los Angeles to team up with some of the industries best barbers. As Co-Founder of Grey Matter LA, Joey brings over 23 Years of experience under his belt.
Training under some of the most prestigious names in the industry such as Paul Mitchel and TIGI has helped Joey take a different approach towards the industry. Joey is also creator and founder of THEGREYNOSE , an upscale fragrance line that caters to the finest of tastes.
Born and raised in southern California. After acquiring a job at salon sessions in Pasadena, Daniel quickly took a passion and love of hair and the art behind it. After school Daniel took a job as the artistic director of structure hair salon in Rancho Cucamonga. Learning quickly that a thirst for knowledge was key to success in the industry he began leaning and absorbing from everyone around him. After working for a few years he decided to hone his skills even further and began working exclusively with an all male clientele at the proper barbershop in Los Angeles California. Having worked with and educated for some of the best companies in the industry such as James Albert, hattori hanzo, Xotics and privé Danielstrives to learn daily and reciprocate his knowledge to the industry.
Kenny Stanley was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. When Kenny was 8 Years old he picked up his first pair of clippers and didn’t put them down since that day. He finished barber school in 2014 and worked in several amazing shops in Florida before joining the Grey Matter team.
Kenny dropped everything he had back home to move out to LA and further pursue his goals in professional skateboarding and barbering. Kenny has been skating for 15 years and it plays a major role in his life. When he isn’t behind the chair taking care of his clients, he’s out filming tricks in the streets of LA working on video parts and competing in skateboard competitions.
Kenny’s goal is to make the pro ranks in skateboarding. He is driven to motivate and show todays youth that it is possible to obtain and excel at two professions with hard work and dedication.
David Thomas was born and raised in Sunny Southern California. After playing collegiate and Arena football, David decided to test out his artistic abilities by moving to Denver Colorado. In 2010, he studied at Cuttin’ Up Beauty Academy. Learning all types of hair and beauty skills, David moved back to California to put his skills to the test. Since then he’s worked with some of the greatest barbers on the planet, picking up more skills and techniques which led to Creating a world recognized Haircut. The “HiLo Fade” has been done by just about every barber in the industry and taught all over the world. David has also worked on TV Sets & Music Video Sets cutting a number of Celebrities . (Vh1s Hip Hop Squares)
When David isn’t behind the chair he’s traveling, producing music or spending time with his family.
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Sirag had an eye for business at a young age. In 2011 he graduated from Cal State University Northridge earning his B.Sc in Business Marketing and Finance. Immediately after finishing college Sirag started Riviera Restaurant Group, a full service restaurant firm that owned restaurants, a catering division, and provided consulting services. Sirag and his childhood friend built a strong company eventually owning 3 restaurants in the greater La area. After 5 years in the industry Sirag decided to shift his career and go back to his childhood roots of wanting to be a firefighter. Currently Sirag is in the hiring process with LAFD. During the tedious training and hiring process Sirag decided to join the Grey Matter team as a managing partner where he plans to expand and grow the brand. Grey Matter LA was opened in May of 2017 and the GREYSZN Studio is up next in line in late 2018. Sirag’s passion for customer service and attention to detail is a benefiting factor to the success of Grey Matter. In his free time Sirag enjoys spending time with his family, boating, racing motorcycles, traveling, and constantly looking for ways to advance himself and those around him.
From a very young age, Joe has been driven by his creativity. With outlets ranging from photography to sketching, painting, and graphic design, Joe has pursued multiple mediums to help refine his artistic capabilities. The path towards his now twelve-year barbering career began with an apprenticeship program he enrolled in while living in the Bay Area. He was able to gain several years of hands-on experience building his skills while working in various shops and salons in Northern California. After dedicating significant time learning his craft, Joe pursued and received his barber’s license from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. This ultimately led to him relocating to Los Angeles, California to further his career.
Joe credits his artistic background for his natural ability to see all the possibilities of transformation. He views each of his clients’ hair as another canvas to collaborate and design with them. There are few things more important to Joe than the relationships and connections he has been able to make through his career as a barber. He deeply values the opportunities he’s been given to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. The relationships he has built have developed into years of trust and respect from a number of clients throughout the world. Barbering has taught Joe to always pay attention to detail, remain receptive, stay open to feedback, and continue to be at his best while still improving. He looks forward to further expanding his clientele and knowledge through the creative platform of barbering while living in Los Angeles.
Josue Abdiel Navarro. Better known as “Sway.” 24 years old. Born in Durango, DGO. Mexico. Sway moved to the states when he was five years and grew up in Texas.
Sway Started cutting hair as a junior in high school. Cutting friends and family in his 160sq ft room to help his single mother who had to support a family of 4 children.
He never thought he would be cutting hair for a living. But with due time, he developed a passion and a unique love for putting hair on the ground. He was a fast learned and looked for different ways to perfect the craft of barbering.
At 19 years old, Sway enrolled into the Lubbock Hair Academy in Lubbock, Texas after graduating high school. Obtaining the knowledge of how far a barber could go. He began networking with multiple barbers around the globe who were already doing spectacular and inspiring things for the barbering industry. He decided to dedicate his life to this craft.
Consistency and patience helped Sway carve out a niche to become the Nuggets’ unofficial team barber as Mike Miller put him on to the rest of his teammates as the season went on. His client list now includes Garry Harris, Nikola Jokic, Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray, Will Barton.
Sway prides himself on constantly educating himself, meeting new people, and continuing to strive for greatness. Not only as a barber. But as individual.
Nick Shaffer, originally born in Massachusetts, spent time living in both South Florida and Denver Colorado before settling in Los Angeles, California. His experience living in different parts of the country has exposed him to the different cultures and trends that can be experienced from region to region. From this he has become very comfortable with all walks of life.
While attending Barbering School at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Nick had the opportunity of both working and assisting in the launch of the Mens Dept. at Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare in the S. Broadway district. This opportunity gave Nick great insight into Men’s styling and grooming for all hair types as well as expanding his customer service skills to the utmost degree. From there he then spent time training under traditional Barbers in Denver before ending up in Los Angeles at the Proper Barbershop in 2014.
In the time since arriving, Nick worked at the Proper while also focusing ventures of his own as a barber. In 2014 and 2015, Nick was fortunate to get the opportunity to go on tour with Platinum Selling Rapper G-Eazy and travel across North America cutting hair.
Aside from touring Nick has had his work published in numerous magazines such as Maxim and GQ and much more as well as featured in some of your favorite movies and tv shows.
Now that Nick is at Grey Matter he is excited to join forces with the talented team of individuals here and continue to learn and take his services to the next level!!
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