When I was about 14 years old I worked at my first barber shop. I picked up my first pair of clippers and cut my first haircut. Even though that haircut was a disaster, I was very excited!  At the time I didn't know that barbering would play such a huge role in my life.

I ended up owning 3 barbershop locations in Brooklyn named,”Da Brick”. Da Brick was the talk of the town. Celebrity after celebrity visited and they were served with a smile. Then came love, then came marriage, and then came a baby in the baby carriage. So we sold the businesses and moved to Richmond, Virginia. The plan was to sell real estate, but that didn't last long. There was a short stint in personal training but my true love barbering, kept on calling. With a lot of prayer and patience my wife and I opened two barbershops here in Richmond and started Edify Barber Academy in 2007.

Since then the mission has been to find new and creative ways to teach the aspiring.

Emmanuel Gayot - Owner