“OB” Yeary was raised in New Orleans, LA and surrounding areas. He started cutting hair at the age of 12 by practicing on his younger brother and then began cutting the hair of his friends and other kids around the neighborhood. He moved to Hinesville, GA in 1996 at the age of 14 and continued cutting hair of many kids around the neighborhood throughout high school. Upon graduating high school, he began working at a local barbershop as a barber for two years. Thereafter, he moved to another shop across town for another two years or so while attending barber school in Savannah, GA before joining the Army in 2004.
He served in the Army for a total of 11 years and was stationed in Germany, Fort Know, KY, and Fort Gordon, GA. Throughout his time in the Army he deployed twice to Iraq and to Afghanistan. He continued in his passion for barbering by cutting hair all throughout his tenure in the Army. He was discharged from the Army in October of 2015 and decided to continue pursuing his passion for barbering instead of taking any of numerous job offers in the electrical/mechanical engineering field, which was a trade that he was skilled and trained in through the Army.
He began working at “Caps Off” barbershop located in Grovetown, GA, which is a suburb of Augusta, GA. He has been working there since March of 2016 and has since established himself as a force to reckoned with in the local barber industry.
Who were the people you looked up to when the idea sparked for you to start your career?
“Well, honestly there was no one in particular that I can name who sparked the idea in my heart for barbering. I was raised in the New Orleans area of Louisiana. When I was around 12 years old (over 20 years ago), my younger brother and I would walk to a local barbershop in Harvey, LA about once per month (if we were lucky) to get our hair cut. I found myself paying special attention to the barbers in the shop as they would cut hair because I found it extremely interesting. I was amazed how they would set up the different dimensions, step by step to execute their fades and how the end result would come out like works of art. I found it so intriguing that I decided to start practicing on my younger brother during those weeks that we would go between going to the barber shop to get a real haircut. Of course, I tore his head up, but that was the spark that started me on my journey of cutting hair. Between practicing on my brother and watching the local barber’s methods, I got to the point to where I felt like I could execute a somewhat “decent” low bald fade and/or Caesar. From there I started recruiting younger kids around the neighborhood to practice on.”
Describe the best moment you’ve had in your career so far?
“that’s a very loaded question…. simple and not so simple at the same time. I would have to say that it was a couple months ago, around Christmas. I was at the shop on Christmas Eve cutting hair and we had a couple of guys from Thompson, GA, which is about 40 minutes away from Grovetown, GA where our shop is located came into our shop. They asked if I was “OB”. And began to tell me how they had heard about 5 or 6 people in Thompson mention my name and how “I was the best barber around Augusta, GA”. I don’t believe that I’m the best barber in the city or anything like that, but I appreciated their comment none the less. For me it was validation that the dedication, passion, and pride that I take in my craft was paying off and that my name as well as “Caps Off” barbershop was really making a name for itself. That and that they would drive so far to get a haircut.
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