By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
A former semi-pro basketball player and current barber at the infamous Hyde Park Hair Salon, 5234 S. Blackstone Ave., De Andre Lindsey has established himself as one of the top stylists in the city when it comes to precise cuts, fades and trimmings.
“I’ve been cutting hair since I was 12 years old,” Lindsey said. “I’m 31 now and this is something that comes natural to me along with my passion for basketball.”
Since elementary school, Lindsey has honed his skills in the basement of his home, charging small fees to neighborhood friends, relatives, and sports teams who, in return, promoted his business. Thanks to a superb marketing effort by his supporters, Lindsey has watched his clientele list grow from a few young men and women from the community to hundreds from across the city.
“I love cutting hair,” Lindsey said. “Cutting hair is really not a job for me due to the fact I love building people’s confidence.”
Lindsey explained that his love for seeing people happy not only makes him feel good about what he does, but gives him motivation to play the game he loves so much: basketball.
“Growing up, I played basketball for Bret Harte Elementary School, Hales Franciscan High School and a brief stint in the American Basketball Association,” Lindsey said. “After a short time with the ABA, it was hard to balance both basketball and cutting hair…both take a certain amount of commitment.”
In spite of his love for sports, Lindsey chose to be a career barber over being a semi-pro basketball player in the end. He discovered that his trade as a barber generated more revenue and his message to those who would like to do both is to, “dream big, have faith and never give up.”