Newport News, VA

Multi-award winning black owned barber shop continues to thrive in Newport News

Stephy Says
Emmanuel BrooksPhoto byManny

Fun fact about barbershops: black barbers were first established in America the 19th century during the cruelty of slavery. According to an article written by the National Association of Barbers, barbershops words such as "experiential strengths & rich culture." The successful history of barber shops dates back to the "floodgate" opening after the emancipation of African Americans which caused black men to rush through the doors of shops that were previously mostly serving white clients.

"Bloom where you are planted," and Emmanuel Brooks, owner & operator of Stylez Unique Barber Salon & Spa LLC., is doing just that as he continues to thrive in a city mostly known for violence. Brooks defies the odds & beats the stereotypes as his business keeps marching forward.
Official LogoPhoto byEmmanuel

Stylez Unique has been able to keep the momentum going because of two words: passion & creativity. Like many other black barbershops, his shop is what the association calls a "central hub of the black community to congregate, connect, share, embrace a community...a safe haven to find comradery."

As a barber, whether it’s a basic cut, intricate details of a part/design, or beard maintenance, Manny & staff understand the importance of physical appearance.

A standard part of his client experience is having crisp cuts & sharp tapers while maintaining the natural hairline because he knows that men take their hairline seriously.

When choosing a barber, there are a few things to take into consideration: price, location, services, environment, & reputation. Stylez Unique has made it a client priority to meet all these needs which is many of his clients followed him from Franklin, VA to his new location. The Newport News barber practices inclusivity & practices multiculturalism which makes him familiar with all hair types & textures. He aims to create an environment that is appropriate for different genders & races where they feel both welcomed & safe. Services range from basic cuts to images of art depending on the request of the client.

His shop is a place where men (mostly) come to unwind & recharge themselves after carrying the burdens of just being a man. When you walk through the doors, you’re not a client—you’re family.
basic haircutPhoto byManny Brooks
Creative ArtPhoto byManny
ArtPhoto byManny

Besides cutting the shop, Manny & Butler compete in state & national competitions, & has brought home trophies every time. The most recent competition, "The DMV's Illest Barber Battle," held in Jessup, MD was no different. Manny & Butler brought home trophies in the Freaky Freestyle Battle.

Though this is the most recent award, this is not his only award during his tenure as a barber.
Battle TrophyPhoto byManny

Manny continued to build on his craft & added eyebrow tinting to his list of skills & services. The look is temporary, but the impression is lasting. The perfection, the precision, & the polished look is perfect for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, or just a little “pick me up.” This new service has been a hit since he began the maintenance of eyebrows. After the Manny experience on your brows, your brows will never be the same again.
Eyebrow TintingPhoto byManny

In the stats that he posted for the year 2022 alone, he was booked 100% of the time, had a had of 843 clients, booked over 2,000 appointments, spent 1,118 hours cutting hair, & cut 19 heads in one day. Manny posted these stats with a heartfelt message to supporters that said:

"2022 was filled with so many lessons! I have to thank all my clients and supporters! I love y’all man!!! It’s been one year owning/operating a business and I am forever grateful. STILL managing to make my clients happy. NEVER be afraid to step out on faith and leave your hometown. I chose purpose over small town popularity. Be sure to lock them appointments in ASAP they go fast"

When you leave, everyone around you can tell that Mr. SetApart has stamped you. His signature & expertise is all over the cut & you are sure to attract a lot of attention. If your wait is long, you better believe the time spent there will be well worth it. Manny has demonstrated that there is room for everyone to succeed. His love for his career & clients reflects in his attitude toward his clients. Clients trust him & respect the barber-to-client relationship.

He was once recognized by the international barber KrewKutz for inspiring a look he cut. Adding to his resume, his work was featured on the Instagram of Barbers Inc.

Clients call his haircuts investments. His ever-growing clientele super-ceded his former space & he elevated to opening a shop of his own! He has remained respectable & reputable in his industry.

The shop is open to provide services to to all races, genders, & orientations.

Stylez Unique is located at 12480 Warwick Blvd Newport News, VA 23606

Connect with Stylez Unique on social media:

Instagram: StylezUniquebss

Facebook: Stylez Unique
CEO MannyPhoto byManny Brooks

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