Calgary TikTok influencer Doc Dami aka Damicuts talks haircutting, becoming a celebrity barber & more

Nigerian-Canadian barber and TikTok influencer Damicuts (aka Doc Dami) has created an incredible brand for himself in the world of haircutting. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, the young barber has become a TikTok sensation and continues to see demand grow for his services.

Touting over 3.3 million engaged followers on the TikTok app and 151K Instagram followers, hundreds of thousands of fans flock to his social media pages daily to witness the life-changing haircuts he gives to his clients. With beats playing in the background, you get to watch Dami in action but it’s always the reaction of his clientele that capture just how special this young man is.

Popular @DocDami TikTok Videos

  • 2021 Transformations (22.7 million views)
  • Best Caption Wins 🤣 (19.9 million views)
  • Who needs a cut? (9.3 million views)

“I believe that hair cutting is an art,” explained Dami during a recent interview which you can read below.

“Mastering the art of cutting hair requires a lot of passion and dedication to the work.”

A surgeon with his clips, Dami is one of the few young barbers within his age group to become incredibly familiar with a variety of haircutting techniques. He’s also developed an excellent eye for detail, and doesn’t think twice when it comes to diving into a new style. Regardless of what he’s getting into, the quality of his work seems to always speak for itself.

As Dami’s haircutting brand continues to grow, it’ll be no surprise if more celebrities start reaching out to procure his talents. He’s already had the opportunity to cut Roy Woods’ hair during a Calgary tour stop, and has also cut Lil Mosey and Dax cuts during their own Alberta tours.

Without a doubt, Dami is a creative talent to watch out for in 2022. I got to sit down with him to discuss his career, TikTok and cutting hair.

Q&A: Damicuts (aka Doc Dami)

HipHopCanada: How long have you been cutting hair?

Damicuts: I started cutting hair when I was 16 years old, although I started taking it very seriously when I turned 18. My brother was my first client, then I started cutting my high school friends as well. Not too long after turning 18, I started working at a barbershop.

HipHopCanada: What is your experience working in a barbershop?

D: I started working for a guy who noticed my content on social media in 2019. I started as an apprentice and worked my way up to being a barber. Working at the barbershop was definitely an experience. I was able to develop better communication skills with clients and co-workers, and I was able to learn time management and conflict resolution with both clients and staff members. Although, for the most part, my experience there was a peaceful one. It was definitely enjoyable, I loved the community and the people I worked around.

HipHopCanada: Do you work well in a group, or do you prefer to work alone?

D: Although I am very capable of working with a group, I prefer working alone. This is because I like the focus I get from working alone. I also like the independence of working alone because it helps me give quality service to my clients.

For example, when I worked at a barbershop, the focus was on quantity over quality. I was required to have a certain amount of people in a chair by a certain timeframe so it neglected that quality aspect of the service a little bit. The shop expected a certain amount of money to be made. Working independently has made it very possible for me to work at my own pace to deliver quality service to my clients. I find that my clients are a lot more satisfied with their haircuts now that I’m an independent barber, than when I worked at the barbershop.

HipHopCanada: How do you rank your work?

D: I believe that hair cutting is an art. Mastering the art of cutting hair requires a lot of passion and dedication to the work which are things I believe I possess. I’d have to give myself 9/10 for overall service, communication, and customer satisfaction. I gave myself a 9 because there is always room to grow.

HipHopCanada: How often should clients get their haircut to keep it looking fresh?

D: It depends on what the client can afford. I recommend once a week but no more than two weeks. Most people come back after two weeks.

HipHopCanada: How did you become an influencer?

D: Back in 2019, I gave a haircut to two North American artists, Lil Mosey and Dax. Cutting their hair inspired me to start publishing my work on social media. But what truly made me want to share my work is the urge to surprise people, and the transformation videos I create is a way of surprising the audience and people all over the world of how I can change someone’s whole look with just a haircut.

HipHopCanada: What is the biggest challenge you face?

D: The biggest challenge I face is I fail at times to express more of my personality into my content, because I feel like that is what makes me truly different and what a lot of people who personally know me like about me. Although I lack that as of now, it’s something I am working to improve on and eventually express more of it to my audience.

HipHopCanada: What is the best advice you have been given?

D: To “keep going.” I remember talking to my brother Michael back in 2018 when I started taking hair cutting seriously. I was a little upset at how many people doubted me and told me to stop cutting hair because I would make mistakes, or that I just was not good enough. It was a huge blow to my confidence and I looked to my brother for solace. He was one of the few people that truly believed in me. He told me to keep going and that in no time, I would be amazing at it.

HipHopCanada: What’s next for you?

D: I would like to expand my brand and inspire as many people as I can. Eventually cut celebrities more frequently and people of great influence.

HipHopCanada: Where can people find you?

D: @DocDami on TikTok, and @DamiCuts on Instagram.