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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I finally found a black barber. Can I move him to Austin?

So, I've spent a lot of space on this blog complaining about a lack of black barbers in my neighborhood. And to some, its a pretty important topic. In the last few weeks, people have come upon my blog after they've typed in keywords such as:

black men hairline

black hair cutters west haven

how to cut a black man's hair

how to barber your own hair black people

What I haven't told you is I finally found a guy who could cut my hair. The day before the Feb. 28 Cowtown Marathon, I was walking around downtown Fort Worth and saw this place called Shelton's Barber. I walk in. There was an old black guy and a young black guy manning the chairs. I'm happy because I know these guys will know what to do with this nappy stuff on my head. The young guy's chair is open and in 30 minutes, I've got a fresh haircut.

The thing I noticed is that both of the barbers had white customers as well. And because the shop was downtown, I'm pretty sure most of their customers are white. So the question is, if black barbers had to learn how to cut black and white hair, how come the white establishments don't make their people learn how to cut black hair?


I've been back to this barber three other times. He only charges $13 and I give him a $7 tip. Why so much of a tip? Well, those places like SuperCuts or ProCuts charge about $17 for a cut and I tip them $3 bucks. And they don't even deserve a tip.

So, its nice to have finally found a place to cut my hair. Of course, the bad news is, I'm moving to Austin and will have to find another barber. And the neighborhood I'm moving to, just south and west of downtown Austin and a few miles away from Westlake, doesn't look like it's teeming with black barbers, or barbers who can cut a black man's hair.

Hopefully, it won't take me a long time to find another place like Shelton's.

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Blogger Deb said...

My partner has the same problem, only she is Latina, but still, it's similar dilemmas. She cannot find a good Latino hair stylist that can cut her hair. The hair textures are different and people sometimes don't realize this. Once you find a good barber or hair stylist, they either move, change locations, or in your case, finding another one in your new hometown.

Good luck!

April 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Tom Grant said...


next time in Austin go by Hoovers Cooking, it is soul food and on the east side. You will want to meet him, he'll know.


April 7, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Sonja said...

I feel for you Kevin. It's hard leaving good people behind. And we'll miss you once you're in Austin.

April 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

You know, I have a lot of buddies that have that same problem (living in Kansas probably has the same issues as TX). Once they found a good guy, they now all flock there like it is a fun man club :)

April 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger fraizerbaz said...

OK, HOW pray tell did you find him?

April 7, 2009 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Deb - Isnt timing funny? Just when you find what you want, what you want finds something else.

Tom - Hoovers? I'll check it out

Sonja - Thanks. I'm going to keep up with you via your blog. You write good stuff.

Adam - Fun man club? That's a good line.

Beth - I was just downtown for a little pasta and there it was. Crazy, huh? I've been to that pasta place a zillion times and never noticed. Sometimes, what we want is right under our nose, right?

April 7, 2009 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

i think that's just how it's supposed to be. hopefully you find another good guy a lot quicker! love the tip theory. greatclips/whatever does suck for the most part.

April 7, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Ulyana said...

HA! I'm not sure those establishments can cut white people's hair either. I avoid them like the plague!

Hmmm, now I see you visiting Ft. Worth to get hair cuts under the excuse of catching up with friends!

April 8, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Single Mom Seeking said...

I hope you tell Shelton's about this blog post.... I'm blown away by how many people come to my blog to learn about how a white mama learns about nappy hair. Hmmm. We really do have a lot to talk about someday over wine.

April 9, 2009 at 1:25 AM  

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