Oct. 29, 2011
I can recall my first haircut at a barbershop. Nine years old, clueless of what a “low-cut, bald fade” was. From the outside, the establishment resembled the place my mother always got her hair styled. The inside however was heaven for me. The moment you walk into Lou’s Barbershop, the smell of clippercide against the clean, quiet, steel motor was an intriguing scent. Throughout the shop, barbers either gave pointers on styling hair or debating sports. At this time, Michael Jordan was the man to idolize; fortunately I was not there for the bald that M.J has. Nevertheless, you did not hear much aside those two topics. By the age of 14, I had experienced ...view middle of the document...
I remember my uncle David once told me “You are great at a lot of things, but you should consider a career as a Licensed Barber.” It seemed interesting, but I had professional football aspirations. I continued to style hair but only as a way to keep “pocket change.”
From 2007 until 2009, I used viable time in Pine Bluff Arkansas to style the heads of many peers. At this time, I was a student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. I was viewed as a good barber. People always referred potential clients to me and supported my efforts. I began to upgrade my equipment and finally purchase the official clippercide that I used to enjoy as a kid. My confidence would rise following every haircut. Providing exceptional barber services later became my identity. I was even offered a position at a barbershop. Unfortunately, I would have needed a license to work there. Despite the inability to make a bigger profit and possibly display my skills among other professionals I had carved my niche, I was known as the “Barber on Campus.” It was an amazing feeling to see supporters to discontinue their relations with professional barbers to develop a rapport with me.
In 2009, I decided to take my talents back to Chicago. I began to develop my clientele and provide services for those I would not have imagined. Ever since I developed an interest in styling hair, I always had vision of a male, age 16 to 24. Once I began networking with...