Antioch barber lounge offers art on your head for men, women and kids

The barbers of Ace of Fades Barber Lounge, inside Somersville Towne Center in Antioch, are ready to serve you.

The barbers of Ace of Fades Barber Lounge, inside Somersville Towne Center in Antioch, are ready to serve you.

By Allen Payton

If you’re looking for a unique hairstyle or a great place for your preferred classic style, Ace of Fades Barber Lounge is your place. Opened in the Somersville Towne Center four years ago, the shop is the brainchild of three friends who all worked together at a previous location in Antioch

Kalon James, Josh Epstein and Humberto Paz held their grand opening in September, 2012.

“We started in another barber shop and all three of us worked together for about a year and we came together and decided to open Ace of Fades,” said James who goes by “K”.

All three are local guys. Josh is an Antioch High grad, Humberto is a Pittsburg High grad, and K moved to Antioch in 2007.

Asked how they decided on the name of their new business, K responded. “It was a catchy name that we came up with. Whenever you think of an ace, you think of the best.”

Regarding the meaning of fade, he explained, “A fade is a type of haircut. It’s pretty much a transition of the blend from short to longer hair.”

“Today, it’s actually for both men and women,” K continued. “We find a lot of women who get their hair trimmed and whether it’s asymmetrical, with the back a little bit higher and the front a little longer, or another style.”

Kalon "K" James cuts a style into a little boys hair.

Kalon “K” James cuts a style into a little boys hair, as other barbers ply their trade creating head art.

But fades aren’t the only style they offer.

“We do pretty much all the styles and ethnicities, including comb overs, afroshaping, short cuts, Mohawks, high-top fades, short tapers, standard business man’s haircut. Everything,” he said.

It’s like an art on someone’s head and the barbers are the artists.

“Cutting hair is most definitely an art,” K explained. “The head is just a canvas. When the barber knows how he wants it to look before he cuts it, that makes it easier. The client will tell us what he wants. But it’s up to the barber to know how he wants it to look. We only have to go perform it. That makes the haircut ten times easier. Because you already know how you want the final product to look.”

They have repeat customers, some who come every week, others every other week.

“It depends on their line of work,” K shared. “If they’re in the public, they usually come in every week. But, usually it’s every other week.”

An average style cost is in the range of $20 to $25.

“We started off with three barbers in the beginning and now we have eight barbers total and working on getting a ninth,” he stated. “Right now, we’re just trying to fill up. We have an open chair, right now.

So, if you’re a barber looking for a new place to perform your art, Ace of Fades could be the place for you.

Asked if they have any plans on expanding with additional locations in the future, K responded enthusiastically, “Most definitely we’ll try to open another one and maybe franchise it out. Grow and spread our brand.”

He then shared about their clientele.

“We do have great customers,” K shared. “The best thing is we have a variety. It’s not just one ethnicity. It allows you to enhance your craft, because we work on all types of hair. When we’re out we see our customers throughout the community.

Ace of Fades Barber Lounge is located inside Somersville Towne Center – East County’s only enclosed mall – near the Macy’s entrance at 2550 Somersville Road in Antioch. To get your new ‘do with a fade or some other style, call and set an appointment, today at (925) 978-0523. You can also like them and see some of their handiwork on their Facebook page.

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