Former Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall is opening a barbershop at Clarke-Hook Corporation’s University Commerce Center in Ashburn.
Parlor Twenty Three, named for his jersey number, will offer the atmosphere of a traditional barbershop with higher-end services for men and women, including skin care, color services, and hair replacement.
Marques Blackmon will be the shop’s co-owner and manager. He is a licensed master barber in Virginia, Maryland and Florida. All stylists will be required to have at least five years in the chair and will be supervised directly by Blackmon.
“Marques began cutting my hair many years ago, and we became friends,” Hall said. “He always wanted to do his own barbershop, and I wanted to recreate the barbershop feel where I grew up—where everyone is welcome and the social aspect of it is an important component. We came together to create a new concept for Parlor Twenty Three.”
Hall said the venture grew from his experiences as a youth in Chesapeake, where the barbers became his father figures and helped raise him while his single-parent mom worked long hours as a school teacher. Getting a hair cut back then was a privilege, Hall recalled. “Dre Bly owned that shop, and I still keep in touch with him,” he said. “Those barbers helped mold me and make me the man I am today.”
After the spring launch, Parlor Twenty Three will open a unisex salon area that will offer more services for women. Blackmon said the pair plans to open another location in Anne Arundel, MD by the end of the year.
The grand opening date will be announced by April 10. For more information, go to facebook.com/parlortwentythree.