At times, the place where one begins is far from where one started, and sometimes it’s in the same place but in a totally different arena. JohnDaniel Flores, or Johnyd for short, followed a rather circuitous route to get where he is today, and he is still not sure where he will end up.
Johnyd was born and raised in Globe, went to Miami High, played football and tennis with the Vandals and worked in the mines straight out of high school. Three years ago, he opened the Dominion Cutting Company for high-end hairdressing on the upper floor of the Historic Valley National Bank building at the corner of Mesquite and Broad in Globe.
Johnyd is following a not-straight path, on a still unfolding journey, toward a vision just over the next hill. As a child he wanted to become an actor, and that desire drew him away from home after high school all the way to Manhattan, where he worked with an agent, booked a few small parts and even modeled for Nike.
The reality of being an actor in the big city fell short of his expectations, and it wasn’t long before he abandoned that dream, returned to Globe and a job in the mines. Then, as has happened with the mining industry so many times, the price of copper dropped and the mines laid off hundreds of miners, including Johnyd. That was when he decided to go to Gila Community College and study cosmetology. This was the first step in becoming the entrepreneur, mentor and professional hair stylist he is today.
After getting a salon license, he went to work in a couple of local salon/barber shops, where he cultivated his skill – one head at a time – through repetition and trial and error.
Work at the local salon/barber shop wasn’t always glamorous, but it was an income, he said. After work he would enjoy his evenings with friends over a beer or two or three. In his early 20s, alcohol had turned into more than a habit, and Johnyd became a binge drinker, on the edge of alcoholism.
Before that, he said he’d dabbled with prescription drugs and marijuana, but stopped those without too much difficulty.
“I was raised better than that,” he said.
Alcohol was not as easy for him to stop, at least not until he met Moquie, also a native of Globe. The trade-off, sobriety for a life with the woman he’d fallen in love with, was an easy choice. That was five years ago.
The two moved to the Valley, where she was hired to teach fifth grade while he worked in a salon and also a chain hair salon, where he honed his craft. He developed his own techniques, and learned to understand hair like a true professional. More than just a barber, he was developing into a stylist. “Always watching, listening and practicing,” he said. “You can learn from anyone, anywhere.”
After a year in the Valley, the young couple returned to their beloved home town, and Johnyd went back to the mines for three years with the plan in mind to create Dominion Cutting Company.
His early customers from before he left Globe were happy he’d returned and were his first customers. Word spread quickly and, almost overnight, the new grooming parlor grew a loyal clientele base. Johnyd attributes much of his success to his attention to detail.
Johnyd’s story was never only about opening a thriving little business in Historic Downtown Globe, it was about dealing with personal struggle, about being the best he could be and having a positive impact on the world.
His memory of being just out of high school and feeling limited in Globe prompted him to take on apprentices, train them to his high standards of hairdressing with the aim of giving them employment in the Dominion Cutting Company when they are ready.
Because he feels community is important and events in that community are fun, he and Tanner Hunsaker of Western Repro Graphics initiated the fabulous Broad Street Beard Battle, a re-enactment of the historic beard-growing competitions that took place in Globe in the early 1900s. This year will be the third annual event, and all proceeds will be donated for the restoration of the historic Odd Fellows Broad Street sign.
Beyond this small community, Johnyd is also a national educator chosen to represent the Johnny B Hair Care company at conferences and hair fashion events. He gives demonstrations alongside some of the top stylists in the country from Beverly Hills to Nashville to Albuquerque, N.M., Cleveland and South Dakota. (And if you’re confused by the names, Johnyd and Johnny B? It’s just a happy coincidence.)
So, for those who like a good haircut (plus interesting conversation, no extra cost), check out Johnyd’s Dominion Cutting Company.
If you have always wanted to see how you’d look with a handlebar mustache, or you wanted to be the most authentic looking Santa Clause at the ugly sweater Christmas Party, or you just want a reason not to shave, compete at the Broad Street Beard Battle, Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.