Barber Battlers

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz books a client on the phone while Juan Hernandez, 19, of Victoria sweeps up Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair in Victoria. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz books a client on the phone while Juan Hernandez, 19, of Victoria sweeps up Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair in Victoria. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz buzzes his clippers around Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero, ear. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz buzzes his clippers around Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero, ear. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz talks about how he got started as a barber as he cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair in Victoria. Todd has been a professional hair dresser since 2003.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz talks about how he got started as a barber as he cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair in Victoria. Todd has been a professional hair dresser since 2003.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair. The owner of Exclusive Kutz, Todd, started cutting his own hair when he was young then became a professional hair stylist 11 years ago.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair. The owner of Exclusive Kutz, Todd, started cutting his own hair when he was young then became a professional hair stylist 11 years ago.

Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero sits in the back chair at Exclusive Kutz in Victoria while the owner, Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria trims his hair. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero sits in the back chair at Exclusive Kutz in Victoria while the owner, Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria trims his hair. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Juan Hernandez, 19, of Victoria, takes the cape off of Brian Sublet, 28, of Dallas, after getting his hair cut. Sublet works in the oil field and has been to Exclusive Kutz in Victoria a few times and likes the "they have good service and it's nice being able to come in and talk. It just has the barber shop feel," he said.

Juan Hernandez, 19, of Victoria, takes the cape off of Brian Sublet, 28, of Dallas, after getting his hair cut. Sublet works in the oil field and has been to Exclusive Kutz in Victoria a few times and likes the “they have good service and it’s nice being able to come in and talk. It just has the barber shop feel,” he said.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz in Victoria cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair. It is Arkadie's first time in the shop because he is very picky about his hair, but said he will be a returning customer after today's cut. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, owner of Exclusive Kutz in Victoria cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair. It is Arkadie’s first time in the shop because he is very picky about his hair, but said he will be a returning customer after today’s cut. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Owner of Exclusive Kutz, Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, concentrates as he cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Owner of Exclusive Kutz, Michael Todd, 31, of Victoria, concentrates as he cuts Jabari Arkadie, 18, of Cuero hair. Professionals from Exclusive Kutz recently competed in a barber battle in Corpus Christi recently and plan to go to more.

Victoria Advocate story by Johnathan Silver:www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2014/jul/31/barber_battles_js_080114_245603/