Kevin Nguyen (@yakuzabarber) grew up in a family of hairstylists, but joining the beauty industry wasn’t a sealed deal for him. It wasn’t until his father introduced him to barbering that his interest really piqued. Now the winner of Wahl’s Barber Battle and a new member of the Wahl Education and Artistic Team [W.E.A.T.], he can’t imagine doing anything else.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to follow the same path as my family. My father eventually introduced me to barbering, and the more hair textures I came across, the more interested I became.
Fortunately for me, my parents opened up a barbering college—California Barber and Beauty College—and that’s where I went for my education.
Claim To Fame
A career high-point for me was owning my own shop at a young age, but my most recent accomplishment was winning the Wahl Barber Battle and being given an honorary one-year term as a W.E.A.T. member.
My Instagram handle is @yakuzabarber, and you can also search the hashtag #yakuzabarber to see more of my work.
Words To Live By
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”—Confucius
I’ll use anything that Wahl creates—they’re the most reliable tools for barbers and stylists.
My mom and dad have been my biggest mentors throughout my life, and that still holds true to this day!
I constantly dream of traveling the world and donating my services to the less fortunate.
My time as a W.E.A.T. member is just getting started. I’m looking forward to sharing my education and passion around the world.