We will be opening a new location in the Kansas City Crossroads Art District!

323 Southwest BLVD, Kansas City, MO 64108

We are thrilled to announce the next chapter in our journey! With your incredible support, we've established ourselves in the Northland, bringing top-notch barbering services to our beloved community. Now, it's time to embark on a new adventure as we set our sights on downtown Kansas City. We're excited to announce the opening of our new barbershop in the heart of the city. Expect the same exceptional environment and high-quality service you've come to love, now with new friendly faces. We remain committed to convenience with our 7-day-a-week availability, but with a twist: our Crossroads location will be WALK-IN ONLY, ensuring you always find time for a fresh cut. Thank you for being part of our journey. We can't wait to welcome you to your new Crossroads Catalyst Barber Co!

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Voted Best Barbershop Kansas City


Prices reflect the shop's standard requirement. Barbers may set their own individual rates. Please check with your barber before booking.

Catalyst Cut (Regular Haircut)


A standard haircut for adults. (No beards, no designs)

Catalyst Razor Combo (Haircut & Beard Shave)


Standard haircut, beard trim, and all-around line up finished with razor edges and hot towel shave w/ facial massage.

17 & Under (Kids Haircut)


A hair service for anyone under the age of 17.

The Catalyst Experience


The Catalyst Experience is the mecca of services offered here at Catalyst Barber Co. It entails black mask application, standard haircut, hot towel shave w/ steamer, shampoo, and blow-dry style to finish.

...and much more.

From waxing, to braiding, and more.

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Our Story

Catalyst Barber Co. started off as a dream atop the Mosi-oa-tunya Falls in Livingstone, Zambia. It was there, staring 350 feet down over waters cascading the massive black basalt rock into the Batoka Gorge that owner, Les Washington Jr. had a vision...

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Meet our team

The barbers at Catalyst Barber Co. are more than just professionals; they’re the essence of skilled craftsmanship in the haircutting world. Their dedication and expertise in hairstyles redefine what it means to be a true catalyst and a genuine professional in an industry that’s lost some of its traditional flair. They bring a versatile skill set to the chair. From precision fades and tapered cuts to smooth straight razor shaves, beard trims, braiding, and expert hair styling, they cover every aspect of grooming with finesse and ease.

Les Washington

Owner/Professional Barber

Les Washington has been proudly providing quality professional services here in Kansas City, Missouri now since 2012. Born and raised here in this amazing city, he found his calling at the age of 15 when he gave his first haircut to a friend in the garage. Not knowing at the time, after watching a youtube haircut tutorial, that as the years passed he would grow a passionate flame for this age old art. In 2019 he decided to take his career to the next level and open Catalyst Barber Co. This profession has helped him grow to be the enthusiastic, driven, and courageous man that he is today; also giving him the opportunity to empower, uplift, and help people feel great about themselves. 

Kelvin Neris

Management/Professional Barber

Yeeeerrrrrrrrrrr, meet Kelvin Neris! This New York native is no stranger to the game. He's a second generation barber inspired by his grandfather and his iron will to succeed. Kelvin went from cutting his brothers hair in a kitchen to the cutting floor at the Catalyst Barber Co.  Wherever Kelvin goes he is recognized for his leadership qualities. First being offered an instructor position at the barber school he attended and working his way up to the role of management now at Catalyst Barber Co. Due to his fearlessness, obsession, and dedication the game, Mak has cemented himself as a heavy hitter. Big man, big heart for family and the community in which he serves.  If you ever have the opportunity to sit down in his chair, you will most-definitely not regret it. 

Brianna Thompson 

Professional Barber & Cosmetologist

Brianna Thompson  has been doing exclusively men's hair since 2016. Originally in college for radiologic technology, this young driven woman decided to direct her career towards creativity by honing in her artistic abilities to make anyone look and feel fantastic. She has a true passion for helping others which helps her to remain determined in this male-dominated industry. She's very excited to work alongside the other amazing barbers on our team, and as iron sharpens iron, she is quickly making a name for herself. Schedule with her today and see why even the Vice President of Operations at Arrowhead calls her his stylist!

Isaac Herman

Professional Barber

  Isaac has always been a highly dedicated, determined, and attentive person. Whatever it is that he pursues he does so diligently until reaching a point of mastery. Isaac realized  how much he enjoyed the process of getting a good haircut and decided to undertake the challenge of implementing one himself; getting some of his longtime friends to let him practice his newfound craft on them. Also being aware of the level of flexibility that being a barber could bring, leaving him time to tackle other things in which he takes interest. Eventually deciding to go to barber college shortly after high school, and then once graduated, stepping onto the cutting floor at Catalyst Barber Co. You can catch him skateboarding, playing guitar, or laying in his tattoo artists chair in his spare time. If you catch him in the shop, just know you'll get one of the best services you've ever had!

Tevon Taylor

Professional Barber

Born and raised here in Kansas City, Tevon Taylor has been cutting hair  for 3-4 years now but has been spreading cheer for a lifetime,  branding himself as an upbeat and genuinely enthusiastic individual. Originally a class clown and athlete, he tore his ACL his sophomore year of high school. This event lead him to searching out something else he could find passion in, soon after turning to barbering. "Look good, feel good," is one of Tevon's quintessential sayings, and from this he derives a driven attitude that feeds his soul. Choosing the beauty of being able to be involved in a profession that still allows for him to remain himself. Delivering fresh fades,  drawing bright smiles, and good laughs; Tevon is your guy!

Ike Kinard

Professional Barber

"Get right with Ike!" Ike Kinard was raised in Liberty, MO.  Ike has had the desire to be a barber since the age of 15. It was then that he realized he always had to go to a neighboring city to get a good haircut. His hometown lacked that safe haven where men can talk, laugh, and debate about sports. (Ike is obsessed with sports being a huge Georgia fan since childhood.) So he was inspired to fill that void and take on the profession of barbering to provide a service and environment that he was looking for in his hometown.  Ike is charismatic, affable, and an all around authentic person. You will always enjoy your time when Ike is in the room, and you'll enjoy your service even more.

Luis Vazquez

Professional Barber

Luis "Louie V. Blendz" Vazquez is a real heavy hitter, and he is coming for the crown! Born in Denver, Colorado and migrating to Kansas City at a young age, he now knows this as home. Luis is a natural go-getter, easily using this nature to chase after his dreams of being a professional barber. Now that he's landed on the Catalyst team he aims to perfect any haircut or style that comes his way. Luis is also a music junky and you can usually catch him late nights at the shop pumping artists like J.Cole, Lil Baby, and Tupac. He plans on taking the skills that he develops throughout his career in hopes of one day opening his own barbershop and  barber school. Follow Luis as he turns his dreams today into reality tomorrow! 

Kaywan 'K1' Qaradagi

Professional Barber

If you’re trying to get A-1, then you gotta check out K-1! Originally born in Kurdistan, Kaywan’s family escaped oppression by migrating to the United States with a 1 year old Kaywan and 3 older siblings in search of a better life. Kaywan’s family has always had a knack for business so it was natural for him to follow in the footsteps of his 3 older siblings and obtain a degree in Business Administration, which he is very proud of. During college he always found himself watching barber videos on instagram and youtube because they were oddly satisfying to him, much like the satisfaction he felt from getting his own hair cut. With the direct correlation to his degree, Kaywan took the approach to self business administration by choosing the profession of Barbering. After consulting with his wife he decided to press the button and attend Klassic Transformations barber college, and the rest is history. K-1 is extremely down to earth, and eager to transform the lives of his clients like barbering is doing for his family and him. Any style, any hair type, K-1’s chair is where you need to be.

Bezhin Barzinji

Professional Barber

Bezhin (pronounced BAY-SHAWN) is one of the most attentive and humble people that you'll meet. Attentive to learning, developing his skills, and most importantly, attentive to your haircut. Humble in the way that he found barbering by providing haircuts to Kurdish refugees over seas, inspiring him start barber school when he returned. With a background in car sales, and bartending, Bezhin is a natural when it comes to customer service, always aiming to make sure his clients leave feeling confident in their haircut and with their new look. This guy is pretty straight forward so if you have a question, just shoot, and if you want that style that's going to change the game, just ask. 

Rudy Tyner

Professional Barber

Rudy, also known as FadeNFull, is a Kansas City barber who grew up with a passion for sports and the arts. He played baseball and football while spending summers at an art camp in Tulsa, OK. Rudy's creativity and dedication led him to pursue a career in cutting hair, learning the craft from his father in 7th grade. Through hard work and dedication, Rudy became a top barber in the city, earning a loyal following for his exceptional service and attention to detail. With a commitment to cleanliness and exceptional service, Rudy dreams of opening his own establishment. His motto, "Cleanliness is next to godliness," reflects his dedication to providing a safe and comfortable environment for his clients. Rudy's story is an inspiration to those who aspire to pursue their passions with dedication and hard work. Next time you step into Catalyst Barber Co, make sure to ask for Rudy!

Alo Hernandez

Professional Barber Stylist

 Alo, also know as “Barbwired”, is the newest addition to our team. She discovered her passion for barbering when seeking a career that combined her artistic vision, love of meeting new people, and tireless attention to detail. She has paved her own way in the industry as a first-generation Latina barber, broadening horizons for women in Kansas City and the stylist industry at large! She provides a wide range of services, from fades to braids and everything in-between. Find her on Instagram @barbwiredd, and find your way into her chair for a distinctive experience!

James Wilson

Professional Barber

Originally from Richmond, MO, James stumbled upon his passion for barbering during a visit to a barbershop. He noticed that the barber there radiated with happiness, seeming to enjoy what he did. Realizing how rare it was for someone to truly enjoy their job and life, he knew he wanted the same for himself. With this he decided to step into barbering and two years into the craft, he finds fulfillment in making people feel better about themselves through his creative focus. Beyond the barber's chair, James is an enthusiastic photographer, capturing diverse moments. During leisure, he enjoys watching movies and shows, along with attending concerts and car shows.


What our customers write about us

Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. You can feel how passionate and they are about excellence. I am beyond satisfied with my haircut and overall experience.

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7221 N. Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO 64118, US

About us

Kansas City, transform more than just your hair – elevate your entire grooming experience! Immerse yourself in an unparalleled atmosphere where skilled barbers and genuine camaraderie converge. This isn't just a haircut; it's a curated journey that resonates with your unique style. Step into the essence of Catalyst Barber Co., where authenticity meets excellence. Your destination for more than a fade, beard trim, or hot towel shave – it's a homecoming.

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