Kamal Nuru, Larry Wilson and Denorval Parks founded levels Barbershop on June 15, 1996. Denorval Parks (Kamal’s cousin) approached Kamal about going into business together after he was badly injured in an unfortunate car accident. Kamal and Larry who are longtime friends met in 1987 while they both worked for and received on the job training from their mentor and instructor Mr. Gene Walker. Ironically at the same time Denorval approached Kamal about going into business together they uncovered that Mr. Walker wanted to get out of a lease that he had for one of his two barber shops because he was having difficulty effectively managing it. This presented them with an opportunity to start a barbershop of their own. During a conversation with a close friend the word Levels was used to signify some of life’s most important experiences, it was at that point that Kamal instantaneously knew that Levels was the word that encompassed their vision of what they wanted their barber shop to become. Located a few blocks away from the world famous Apollo Theater and within the heart of Harlem’s most famous shopping district, 125th Street. Levels has been established to appeal to the individual who is looking for more than just your average haircut but a place where that individual will be able to relax in a comfortable professional atmosphere and be able to network with individuals from a wide array of industries. Levels have developed a timeless design & décor from the deep red and gold leaf logo to the varnished wood floors. This décor enhances the curiosity of your regular passerby that it is not just your ordinary barbershop but also a shop that promotes unique appeal.
On Nov 7, 1998, Kamal inspired by once widely recognized local barber shop chain, Jerry’s Den expanded and opened his second shop on Harlem’s east side. Less than one year later on Nov 6, 1999 Kamal opened his third shop conveniently located in the heart of central Harlem. With the success of Levels throughout the Harlem community Kamal felt that it was time to introduce Levels to broader customer base and on Nov 18, 2000 Kamal opened his fourth shop in Brooklyn’s historical community, Clinton Hills. October 3rd 2009 Kamal opened his fifth location on Hillside avenue in Jamaica Queens and on June 11th 2011 Kamal opened his 6th location in Harlem 5 east 115th street and most recent location, back to Brooklyn but this time Crown Heights Nov 15th 2017.
For over the past 21 years, Levels has been focused on providing a quality, affordable, efficient service. This philosophy has been the cornerstone of our business. Hair care is as important for men as it is for women and children. We pride ourselves that our hairstylists are always readily accessible to our customers for consultation and recommendations on >
Our Mission Statement
Levels’ is a multifaceted barbershop that specializes in the styling, grooming and overall hair care for men, women and children. Our services include the trimming and acute styling of natural hair maintenance and grooming we also offer additional specialized services such as detailed hair braiding and straight razor shaves and trims.
Levels’ exemplifies the rich legacy of the art form of barbering. This legacy has helped build the foundation that allows us to continuously redefine ourselves through creative expression. Each shop locations are filled with fully accredited, talented and innovative hairstylists. These hairstylists are the catalysts that enable us to share our vision through our services to the residents of the communities that we serve. We are driven by our goals and expectations, which only strengthens our dedication to providing a uniquely stylish, quality, affordable service.
Levels, a trendsetter in its own right is at the forefront of transforming the identity of your standard barbershop. Each of our barbershops are equipped with varnished hardwood floors and antique worldly art. We value our customers and the trust that they place in us to groom and >
Levels’ offers a wide array of hair care services for men, women and children. Our licensed hairstylists are trained to groom any type of hair texture from straight hair to curly hair to cultural dreadlocks and detailed hair braiding. We also offer additional specialized services such as straight razor shaves and trims. Our stylists specialize in a variety of hair>
915 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY