A number of the Premier League might be rivals on the pitch but sometimes it takes just the services of a barber to bring them together and that barber is Nikky Okyere.
Okyere was born and breed in Ghana and prides himself on delivering a quality service along with a warm and welcoming atmosphere in his South London barbers, Slick Rick.
The easy going Okyere has given grown to be one of the few A-list barbers in London that have access to top celebrities especially footballers.
Crystal Palace due Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako are among his ever growing football stars clients and they even made the leap of welcoming Okyere into their homes on a regular basis.
Speaking about Okyere in a BBC documentary Crystal Palace attacker Zaha said: "Me before a game I like to have a fresh trim,"
"It’s good for my confidence and everything, do you know what I mean? So Barbers are so important.
"Nikky is a cool guy, I don’t mind him coming in around me and my family. The interaction you have with your barber is not like just a fan. You actually sit down and talk about personal things."
Sako added: "I love my hair so much, you can see I’ve tried many different styles. Almost every game I’m on TV and you just want to look good on TV."
It's not just a barber shop though, guests are seen dancing from open until close with some guests popping in without the intention of getting a cut and merely to enjoy the show.
Okyere moved to London with the sole desire of becoming one of the capital's most loved hairdressers.
His dream soon became a reality when Nigeria international and then Premier League striker Yakubu paid him a visit, and like wild fire word spread and Okyere's name sky-rocketed. Christian Benteke, Divock Origi, Jordon Ibe and Danny Welbeck are among those to have come calling for one of his trademark cuts. Even former top flight boss Avram Grant has looked him up.
Their names smother the walls of his modest shop alongside a cabinet full of footballing memorabilia, with some players even donating their own individual honours to the cause.
Mario Balotelli also joined the list of football stars that visited the A-list barber, before the Nice OGD striker handed Okyere a birthday invitation - where he would be the only non-footballer in attendance.
"A lot of people that approach me say I have got good energy," Okyere explained.
"The kind of relationship I give them is what gets them to invite me into their house, it’s the good vibes that they see around me that makes them invite me to their house."
"A sharp haircut will take me from a five to a 10. Trust me, people know a fade will make you a different person,"
"It’s a statement, it’s who you are, there’s not many opportunities to get to know a footballer so some people like to show it through their style and hairstyle."
Okyere's handy work has fed Zaha's confidence in himself to perform on the pitch too, having inspired a Palace bid for Premier League after the arrival of Roy Hodgson.
Okyere continues to travel the world to cut the hair of famed footballers and has even taken up the mantel of cutting the entire Ghana international team's hair.
Business is booming for Okyere and it doesn't look like slowing anytime soon. As for Hodgson, he will thank him once Zaha and Sako have ensured Palace live to fight another day.
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