Little Known Black History Fact: History of the Black Barbershop

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    During the 19th century, black-owned barbershops had mostly prominent, white clientele. It was difficult for a black man to approach a black barber for a shave or haircut using the same instruments he used on the white customers, even in the north. The shops were run by either slaves or “waiting men” or by freedmen and were competition for the white barbers.

    The rationale used by the black barbers was considered economic necessity. As long as the white men continued to patron the black barbershops, the barber’s family had stability and the ability to provide for his family in a middle-class household. The profession was also attractive to the black barber because the conditions of working inside were much better than the fields or back-breaking labor.

    After Emancipation, the black-owned barbershops were opened to serve black clientele. That was the beginning of the barbershop as a sanctuary for black men. Unfortunately, the number of black barbershops began to decline with the demand for formerly trained barbers and changes in state laws and cosmetology.

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    6 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: History of the Black Barbershop

    1. Very insightful read! Thank you for this information and turning a few lights on in my mind for the Industry that not only am I invested deeply into but also building my legacy upon.
      My name is Joey, I’m from Kansas City, Mo. and I definitely plan to share this bit of information to all the Hair & Beauty Professionals that I know!

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