I come from a long line of hair where my great uncle was a barber. In addition, my grandmother, mother and brothers are stylists and barbers, as well. So I would say I was born into the industry. I started cutting my brothers’ hair at 12 years of age. I’ve been a licensed barber for 16+ years and counting and I was first introduced to Johnny B. about 10 years ago when I started using the Original Super Hold Gel.

I’m driven to be a Johnny B. Educator because I am able to share what I’ve learned over the last 16 years to future barbers and stylists. I like to teach all of the pitfalls I went through so that they do not make the same mistakes I did. I am also driven to inspire them to dream big and work hard towards their goals (big or small).

Johnathan Valdez

Barbering has been a highlight of my life. Growing up was challenging in the area I was raised in. There was a lot going on and I was always trying to go a different route. When I started my career in barbering, it helped me change my path and slowly changed my mindset. I was always a fan of Johnny B. and used there Mode styling Gel and cutting cape which led me to become a Johnny B. Educator (8 moths and counting).

The things that inspired me about working with Johnny B. is that they are about family and they help impact others into believing in themselves to do bigger things.

I love what I do, I have been through many trials and tribulations throughout my 22 years in the industry. I have had to fight through adversity to get where I’m at today, through hard work and non-stop hustle. I learned a lot through the years in educating myself, learning to fall and stand back up no matter what. I feel that I can show people all the right ways to go about growing in this industry. I made so many mistakes and hope to help people grow as a professional.

What drives me is: I am a person that pushes myself every day to do better. I am my biggest critic and I believe we can all learn from each other because we have all experienced different things in the industry. I love to teach people that you have to work hard for what you want.

Nothing is handed to you in life.