Hair Units For Men, Is It The New Trend?

Men Wearing Hair Units

As I scroll Instagram, I’m seeing more and more men wearing hair units. One day I decided to read the comments under one barbers post. I couldn’t believe how many black women were bashing the men for wearing a unit! Am I crazy to think that the women bashing the men who wear hair units are hypocrites? How can the same group of women who spend thousands of dollars on hair extensions, fake eyelashes, fake nails, fake teeth, fake breast and fake butts dare to bash a man who is experiencing premature hair loss and finally found something that has boosted his ego? Isn’t that why women alter their bodies? Isn’t that why women wear hair extensions?

Men experience low self esteem just like women do. Men love their hair just like women do. The difference in many cases of male pattern baldness, is that most men who are experiencing hair loss it is because of hereditary. Most women who are experiencing hair loss, it is due to wearing tight braids, bad chemicals, improperly installs and stress. Hmmm….all of these reasons are preventable!


I’m happy that there is something made for men that will boost self esteem and make them feel like themselves again. Can you imagine having hair your entire life and all of a sudden you look in the mirror one day and it’s gone? Hair loss is a stressful experience and just because it’s a man who is experiencing it, doesn’t mean that it’s not stressful for him. If it makes someone feel better, I’m all for it!

One of the best things about the man units is the joy that it gives to the boys who are suffering from alopecia. To see a young man or little boy who has been teased receive a unit and the smile that they have after looking in the mirror is amazing!

There are some barbers out here changing lives! Go ahead and follow the barbers that are in this post, you will be absolutely amazed.

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Client & Beauty Professional Relationships

Should a beauty professional who provides services to the public have a friendship with their clients?

This is a conversation that I had a little while ago with two well-known beauty industry professionals. They both stated that a hairstylist shouldn’t develop a friendship with their clients and clients shouldn’t have their hairstylist personal cell phone number. I disagreed with them both!

When I owned my own salon and stood behind the chair on a daily basis, I did develop a friendship with “SOME” of my clients that went beyond my chair. It wasn’t intentional to develop a friendship, it just sort of happened. If you believe in a higher being then you would understand that people don’t cross paths by accident. There is always a reason for people meeting whether you are aware of the reason or not.

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Understanding Your Roll

I understood that some of the women who sat in my chair didn’t have anyone to vent to. Or ask advice about something personal going on in their lives and they just needed someone to talk to. I understood that what they discussed with me shouldn’t go beyond my chair. As far as my clients getting comfortable thinking that our relationship outside of the chair having anything to do with what I charged them was never an issue for me. The clients that I became close to (and still close to this day) understood that I was running a business and they respected my business. Trust me my clients knew not to ask me for a discount and they also knew when I gave them one just because.

It’s totally up to the professional on how to handle client relationships. I’m glad that I was born with the gift of BSB (BullShit Blocker) which means if you want to get over on me you will have to bring your A game! In order to build long term business relationships you must first build trust as well as making the client feel relaxed when you are servicing them. Sometimes a relationship develops because not only are you giving words of advice, the client may inform you on things that you weren’t aware of. A conversation could turn into a full therapy session for both of you!

Just Let Go And Live

Things happen in life all the time and I had to learn to just let things happen. If a friendship develops with a client just go with it because it could possibly be the best thing that could happen in your life! Being a robot behind the chair isn’t cool but if it works for you then continue on that way but don’t try to tell other hairstylist not to befriend their client because to each it’s own.

Please share your opinion on this topic!

 

The First Millionaire African-American Hairstylist and Barber

Annie Turnbo Malone

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You have heard of Oprah Winfrey? Sure, who hasn’t? How about Madam C.J. Walker? No brainer. I can see heads nodding up and down all over the place.

   How about Annie Malone? Blank stares. Silence. Crickets chirping. Never heard of her…

   Yet, before Madam Walker, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Oprah Winfrey or Cathy Hughes there was Annie Turnbo Malone (aka Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone and Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone), a remarkable woman who made her mark during the early 20th century.

Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1869—May 10, 1957) was an African-American  businesswoman, educator,  inventor and philanthropist. Annie was two years younger than Madam C. J. Walker. She had launched her hair care business four years before Sarah Breedlove (later known as Madam C. J. Walker). In the early 1900s Madam Walker worked as a “Poro Agent” for Annie for about one year. (http://www.freemaninstitute.com/poro.htm)

While in Peoria, Malone took an early interest in hair textures. In the 1890s — being a lover of styling hair — Annie began to envision a way of straightening hair without having to use the methods of old which included using soap, goose fat, heavy oils, butter and bacon grease or the carding combs of sheep.  She’d also witnessed method of hair straightening which employed lye sometimes mixed with potatoes, but was turned off by the procedure because it often resulted in damaged scalps and broken hair follicles. Annie-minkcoat

While she was coming of age, the popular style among Black women was that of a “straight hair” look.  Black women were starting to turn their backs on the braided cornrow styles they’d associated with the fields of slavery and began to embrace a look which, for them meant, freedom and progression toward equality in America.  Malone believed that if African American women improved their physical appearance, they would gain greater self-respect and achieve success in other areas of their lives.

Alonzo Herndon

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In 1878, Herndon left Social Circle on foot with only 11 dollars of saving and only had approximately one year of schooling and eventually went to Senoia, Georgia, to work as a farmhand and learned the barbering trade. Later, Herndon opened up his first barbershop in Jonesboro, Georgia. His barbering business thrived and expanded over the years. He later became the owner of three barbershops in Atlanta. Those barbershops had elite customers such as presidents, judges, business men and lawyers, who frequented the barbershop. He went on to invest in real estate, and then entered insurance. He began by buying a failing mutual aid association in 1905, which he incorporated as the Atlanta Mutual Insurance Association. By 1916, the Association was reorganized as a stock company capitalized at $25,000. In 1922, the company was reorganized as Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and became one of five African American insurance companies at the time to achieve legal reserve status. Atlanta Life’s business thrived,and expanded their business into Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.

Through his enterprises Herndon became Atlanta‘s first black millionaire. Herndon was featured in The Crisis Magazine’s “Men of the Month” in March 1921. The article emphasizes his competence and success as a businessman. Read more here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alonzo_Herndon)

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The Next Cut At The Barbershop Should Be The Occupational Licensing Red Tape — Bossip

The Illinois state law that would apply to the fictional Calvin Palmer Jr. requires would-be barbers to first acquire an occupational license, pass an exam, and spend 1,500 hours in training that can cost as much as $20,000. For perspective, $31,000 is the median annual earnings of an Illinois barber. This sad situation doesn’t make…

via The Next Cut At The Barbershop Should Be The Occupational Licensing Red Tape — Bossip