Davey Castillo considers himself an experienced master barber, and he has the reputation to prove it. When not cutting hair inside his 5987 Broadway shop, he is traveling to accommodate the busy schedules of his elite clientele. New York’s most high-profile athletes value Mr. Castillo’s talents so much that they ask him to visit their respective stadiums when the athletes’ schedules get too busy.
“When it comes to athletes, they could go anywhere they want, but they trust me because of my quality of work,” said Mr. Castillo. “It’s been so much fun. I never imagined I’d be doing the stuff I’m doing now.”
Mr. Castillo’s skills are trusted by athletes like Brook Lopez and Markel Brown of the Brooklyn Nets, Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd.
Autographed sports memorabilia decorates Davey’s Cuts, which recently marked its sixth anniversary. Ambiance is a key component of Mr. Castillo’s mission to provide top quality service.
“It’s always been great energy here,” he said. “If people walk in, they feel that VIP treatment.”
Mr. Castillo learned his trade from his father Robert, who still cuts hair after 53 years in the business. Robert’s Barber Shop at 5824 Broadway is another neighborhood staple. Mr. Castillo prides himself on his ability to take the traditional cuts and styles he learned from his father and add his own flare.
“We kind of blend old with the new,” he explained. “It’s definitely up to date but also traditional.”
Maintaining tradition is a priority for Mr. Castillo and his fellow barbers. Hot towels and head massages are among the old school treatments Mr. Castillo uses to pamper customers. When it comes time to cut hair, Mr. Castillo takes his customers’ personalities and fashions into account.
“Obviously, we stay hip. I love ‘GQ Magazine’ and I love to see what’s out there. And working with athletes, they like to be up to trend, so that keeps me up to trend,” he said. “Any type of hair, we’re up to date.”