It’s a barbershop. It’s a salon, no, it’s a men’s grooming boutique. Barba combines the comfort behind traditional barbershops with the modern conveniences of a full service salon.
Meet Our Grooming Specialists
Meet Our Grooming Specialists
XYLAR, MASTER BARBER
Xylar got a taste for doing hair at a very young age. He grew up in Puerto Rico where he remembers his mom doing their neighbors hair. “Wether she was cutting it, setting it on rollers or adding some color, it all become an obsession of mine.” Says Xylar. At age 7, he took the first pair of clippers into his hands. As good as a 7 year old could be at that time, he kept at it. At 22 everything in his life changed. He joined the Army- which was a second passion of his. He served four years but even then, he never stopped doing hair. Throughout his twenty plus years in the business, he’s worked along side some very talented people learning many different techniques and eventually creating his own.
Born in Toronto Canada, Emily spent her time doing what parents tell their kids NOT to do. “Don’t play with scissors.” Go, play with them is what she really heard and that’s exactly what she did-from cutting her clothes to her dog’s fur and eventually her own hair. Her dedication to the perfect cut never dwindled and she later earned her cosmetology degree in 1999. Durning next 4 years she worked on her craft before moving to the United States in 2003. Like any good stylist, Emily continued to evolve, taking classes to enhance her hair texturizing abilities, which she now considers her specialty. She’s color-certified through Wella, a program which raises the bar of creativity and technical skills for all hair professionals. If you’re curious about how committed she is, just ask her about the tattoo she got honoring her craft.
Known as “JulianTheHairBoi” Julian’s hair journey began back in 2012 in a small town Upstate New York. With big city dreams, he made it a priority to move to New York City and become the best he could possibly be in the hair industry. He began learning his craft from some of the best in the business, Jeffrey Stein, Sally Hershberger, Edward Tricomi, the late John Sahag and Xavier Cruz. Julian is most known for his “dry cut” a technique that he has mastered and customizes for every single one of his clients. His talent doesn’t stop there! He’s also a master colorist in Aveda, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and L’Oréal.
ERWIN, BEARD SPECIALIST & BARBER
“At age 19 I told my mom I was moving to New York,” says Erwin Castro. "Maybe I'll become a barber." 21 years later, Castro finds himself working at Barba as their official beard grooming specialist, and more commonly known as The Beard Master- finessing men’s facial hair with pristine precision. The secret to his success is listening intently to what his clients are looking for in order to achieve the look they want. “Once a client knows I’m listening they’re open to my input, and that’s when the magic happens.” His passion for his work is matched only by his superb sense of style. “I pay attention to detail and tend to be meticulous in all my work, be it shaving, cutting, or even simple trims.”
WILLIAM, MASTER BARBER
William is a sought after master barber with over 25 years experience. He started to dabble in haircutting as an early teen practicing on his friends and himself. Wanderlust and a newfound career led to opportunities around the country. Since returning to New York from Miami in 2010 he’s earned a loyal and diverse clientele. William specializes in modern scissor & clipper techniques of all hair types and textures with artistic designs in beard and eyebrows.
Antonio is the 30-year veteran in the world of beauty and cosmetology whose style is undeniable and whose fervor for the industry is palpable. His experience in the field is multi-faceted. He’s done it all, from nail design and makeup, to owning his own beauty salon for nine years. His artistic and avant-garde approach to life has led him to venture into other endeavors, but make no mistake, he’s always returned to his one true passion. His experiences taught him an array of techniques, all of which, have led him to develop one that is fast, precise, and effective. His relentless effort in developing this personal technique has made his journey in the industry a success and has even earned him his own unique hashtag, #theonlylooks.
Thiago is an established stylist and has a passion for cutting and texturising hair while specializing in balayage. He was born in Brazil and got his certification when he relocated some 10 years ago. His training started in London with The TONI & GUY Academy and spent the next few years developing his skills. After moving to the states, he continued some intense training with Vidal Sassoon, Schwarzkopf Colour and Tigi. He’s worked in high-end salons in London, Miami, and now resides and works here in New York.
Born and raised in Washington DC and the youngest of three, AJ had a desire to be heard and to stand out. He studied anatomy and physiology and later a short stint in makeup becoming certified in 2001. Shortly after working as a makeup artist, AJ decided to continue his education and got his certification as an esthetician. After moving to NYC in mid 2000’s he landed a position in an all men’s spa in chelsea. There, he created AJDELANE Skincare which lead him to a teaching position with the Aveda Institute. His expertise in men’s grooming, IPL laser treatments, lash lift, extensions, dermabrasion, peels, body wraps, waxing, and trimming go above and beyond many other groomers
With over 22 years in the beauty industry and traveling between NYC, Miami and Philadelphia-Victor has become one of our most sought after stylists. His artistic approach to hairstyling has garnered much attention while cutting and styling Jimmy Fallon. His work can be seen in several music videos, commercials nation wide and has proven to be a leader by creating styles for The MTV Music awards. He’s worked on such talents like Shakira and styled an army of “Single Ladies” for an extraordinary performance by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s dancers for her reimagined, Paparazzi. Most recently, Victor brought his expertise to NYC Fashion week for “Extreme Makeovers” and celebrity look-a-likes