Straight Outta Oscars

The places we come from, told in the annals of world history, are often the places we never would like to have been in the first place. We found ourselves there out of the misfortune of an intolerable circumstance and the human drive would sometimes make lemonade out of a fruitless lemon tree, or would…

How to go from Knotty to Wavy in one Cut

Dear Valued Barber Shop Patron, There comes a time in every black man’s life when he develops the urge to communicate his politics to the world through the expressionism that comes with growing his hair out. Just like every work of art is a political expression, so is every style of hair growth, in the…

How Bald is your Fade?

Dear valued barber shop patron, Class is officially in session on the variations of the bald fade, the cut that has been the most consistently popular since 1990. Let me give you a little barber’s insight, we either hate to do this cut, or we love to do this cut. When done properly it requires…

How to Adopt Another Ethnicity’s Haircut

Dear Valued Barber Shop Patron, Often times we see individuals with hair styles that we admire, but that may simply not be functional or conducive for our texture of hair, or bone composition. It could be a matter of your hair not being straight enough to manipulate into that particular style, or perhaps your hair…

How can I Make my Taper Different?

Dear Valued Barber Shop Patron, If you are African American and over the age of twenty, your failsafe haircut is probably a taper of some sort. Why is this? Most likely because you feel like fades are played out and an even all around is just too conservative, so you invariably ask for an even…

How Often Should I get my Hair Cut? Volume 1

Dear Barber Shop Patron, This is to inform the immaculately groomed that its okay to extend that preciseness and professionalism in your appearance to the aesthetic upkeep of your hair. This is also intended to inform those of you who don’t believe that getting another hair cut before the old one outgrows its parameters, that…

The Reason your Hair Cut is not Consistent

Dear Barber Shop Patron, As a master barber, it is my duty to inform you of what your barber may not have the contrition to. This may come as a surprise to you, but we barbers know when we haven’t rendered our best work, thereby giving you a lackluster hair cut. But don’t be offended,…

A Thin Line Between Bald and Fade

Dear Barber Shop Patron, What do you do when your hair line is thinning or receding and you’re worried about it being taken back or further thinned out by your barber? You should first asses whether your barber is skilled enough to be proficient at maintaining that which you are holding on to. Start observing…

Men lie, numbers lie, clippers don’t lie

Dear barber shop patron, I want to start this first post by stating that an African American haircut should be considered one of the wonders of the world because it has endless creative possibilities because nature has given the African American man’s scalp an opportunistic canvas. We all have different grades of hair, hair patterns…