Denny Moe started cutting hair aged 14, after stumbling across a pair of clippers in a dresser drawer. His skills soon earned him a reputation, and his client list includes Mike Tyson, New Edition and Eddie Murphy. He spent years touring with artists including Keith Sweat and Doug E. Fresh, before returning to Harlem to open his barbershop 10 years ago.
One of Denny Moe’s biggest projects is the bi-annual ’48-Hour Haircutting Marathon’, where twelve barbers from all over the world gather at the shop to cut hair for two days, non-stop, to raise money. Last year’s event included participants from Japan, France and Canada. “I like to call them barbers with caring clippers” Denny says. The event is organised by his non-profit organisation ‘Cutting For A Cure’ which is dedicated to providing healthcare guidance, education and resources to underserved communities. During the event, screening vehicles gather outside the shop to screen for over 50 different diseases, including diabetes, cancer, HIV and AIDS. “It’s a great way to keep the community healthy” Denny explains, “a lot of people I talk to don’t go to the doctor, whether it’s because of inadequate health insurance, or for the simple fact that they don’t really want to know”.
The event continues to grow by the year, with celebrity backers including Ice Cube, Common and Eve all lending their support. With its fifth marathon fast approaching, we sat down with Denny Moe to talk health, happiness, and why his barbershop is striving to achieve both for its community.