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Meet Tony Hilton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Hilton.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Brotherly Love Grooming Salon came from a conversation between me “Tony” and my brother “Caprice” on how we can go into business together. We are both 2nd generation Barbers creating our own way of bringing back the old school way of barbering with new School techniques. Our late father (Anthony “Tony” Fortune) was a phenomenal barber back in the “80’s” before his passing, the memories of him will live forever In our hearts.

Brotherly Love Grooming Salon is originated in Philadelphia also known as the city of “brotherly love” I know what your thinking, ooohh so that’s how they came up with that name… Wrong. The name goes much deeper than that and has nothing to do with Philadelphia. It comes from the love and bond that my brother and I have for each other and the love we give to each and every one of our clients. Our moniker states “Come as a stranger leaves as a family” no matter your ethnicity, sexual preference, religion, etc. We will still show you the same love and respect as if they were our own family.

Our father left us his gift and love for cutting hair while impacting one life at a time. I picked up my first pair of clippers at the age of 13 starting with shaping myself up and for me, I have seen cutting hair differently. Since I have an artsy background I looked at cutting hair the same way that I looked at drawing a picture with fine lines and blending darkness into light. The crazy part is that I didn’t want to become a barber and I didn’t like cutting hair due to the fact that I hated living in my father’s Shadow.

My brother would get so upset with me because he wanted to have that very same connection and comparisons to our late father and I didn’t care for the comparison much. I just wanted my hard work and dedication to be recognized from the work that I put In to get to be where I was at that time. Now at this very moment, I thank our father for the gift to cut hair because it saved both of our lives. He is still teaching us and protecting us from the grave. I just now realized this just now… Wow.

My brother and I have been down some rough paths In our lives, from being separated with no contact for years to being in trouble with the law. But the love that I and my brother have for each other somehow brought us back together with a bond that can not be broken. My brother is the reason that I stuck with barbering once he realized that this was something he was meant to do, it was up to me to show him the way to be where he is now.

Like my brother always say “ you go through all the bumps and bruises so you can show me what to and what not to do” I am truly my brother’s keeper. I am super proud of the man that my brother is and has turned into since he started cutting hair while helping me find the love for cutting hair and giving me something to look forward to with our business venture together.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There were definite struggles along the way when going into business for yourself and trying to figure out the best course of action to be successful is very difficult. Finding the right advertisement to make our business stand out from the rest is difficult. We can’t forget this Covid Pandemic it has truly hurt us all.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
We are 2nd generation barbers we specialize in making our clients feel great about their selves once leaving our chair. I’m considered an advanced Barber. I also specialize in advanced skincare, advanced scalp care I deal with the skin and scalp issues that tend to be looked over by many professionals in the industry

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I definitely take risks. I left my 9-5 working at a hospital of 18yrs to work for myself at 100%. Was it a major risk and leap of faith? Yes, it was especially when you have to provide for a family. I have this belief that I don’t want to go through life wondering “what if” “if not now, when?”

We as people tend to have this thing in our minds that we have to have things in this certain place and time in order to move towards what we want or be. For example “ I have to get my car first and then I will do. If you don’t take risks then how would you know if what you want to do is for you or not?

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