THE BARBERS OF BAXTER FINLEY

Anthony Diaz

Instagram: @manthonyxiii

This master barber got his sea legs cutting hair for the U.S. Coast Guard before attending Long Beach’s Barber College and Vidal Sassoon Academy.  He’s worked in Los Angeles, the South Bay, Seal Beach and even Massachusetts which should make for some interesting conversation when you’re in his chair.  His favorite song to listen to when he’s working his magic is Stranglehold by Outkast and you’ll often find him hanging out in Santa Monica.  He draws inspiration from all types of music, photography and art as well as peers like @MorrisMotely, @SchoremBarbier and @andrewdoeshair.  Best known for his excellent scissor cuts and clipper fades, Anthony’s favorite cut to give is the medium contour cut.

 

Christopher James

Instagram: @chrisjamescuts

An alumni of the Real Barber college in Anaheim, this long-time pro has an impressive body of experience which includes Old Glory Barber & Tattoo in Venice and the Barbershop Club in Los Angeles.  A master of blow-dry styles and classic cuts, Chris’s favorite cut is the high & tight with a side part.  He cites fellow professional barber @andrewdoeshair and his wife @kyliejames_tattoo as major sources of inspiration. When not creating awesome cuts & styles at the barbershop, you can find him at the LAX Firing Range or in his garage.  His barbershop playlist includes Kaleida’s “Think” and 1970 by The Stooges.  His best advice for anyone new to the area is LA has a traffic problem and it WILL make you late.

 

Erik E. Taylor

Instagram: @Erikdabarber

This ABC Barber College alum honed his epic skills as an original member of the Barber Shop Club of Los Angeles, The Shave of Beverly Hills and the Jon Allen Men’s Salon. He’s greatly inspired by Asian and Native American tribal art and music. His greatest professional inspiration is barbers of the past which would explain why his all-time favorite cut is the classic 1920’s pilot cut, but don’t worry, he prides himself on being able to replicate any picture of a haircut on most clients. The things he loves most are cutting hair while listening to Take Fire by Dave Brubeck, and being with family and when he’s not doing either of those, you might find him riding his BMX at the beach. He counts celebrities Lawrence Fishburne, Reno Wilson, Shaquille O’Neil and Pharrell Williams among his client list.

Frank Sariles

Instagram: @Franksariles

Baxter Finley’s resident poindexter-turned-educator prides himself on articulately communicating with his clients in order to get the right cut by explaining their qualities and nuances.  He’s been with Baxter Finley for 4 years and counts his fellow barbers as his professional inspirations. His favorite artists are Father John Mists, Bob Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Ta-Ku and David Bowie and his favorite song to create custom cuts to is “So Fresh, So Clean” by Outkast.  He studied video game illustration in college where he developed a love for art and aesthetics which has motivated him to hone and improve his excellent barbering skills. You might find him hanging out at Good Times at Davey Waynes @Hollywood.