HCHH: What inspired you to become a Barber?
Sasha: Admiration…when I was younger it was during the high top craze: late 80’s early 90’s. I started drawing the hair cuts and all of the designs that I could remember. I admire cosmetology but I love barbering and seeing men that are well groomed.
HCHH: So how many men do you groom daily at the shop?
Sasha: It really depends on each day. It could be anywhere from five cuts to 20! Most of my regulars know I have a split schedule so usually Fridays I'm working until 9:00 PM or so. Luckily, my other job at the shelter is really understanding and gives me the opportunity to have a flexible schedule.
HCHH: When people find out you're a barber and not a stylist how do they react?
Sasha: I mostly get a lot of what I call the ‘yeah right’ face because I’m a woman. I like challenges, I always have especially when somebody tells me what I can’t do and I’ll do everything in my power to prove [them] wrong. I broke up with two different guys over being a barber – second one because he didn’t like seeing me being 'around those guys.'
HCHH: I can't believe you had to end two relationships because they couldn't wrap their head around you being a Barber. Well if your exes couldn't handle it, could your clients?
Sasha: I had a client who seemed hesitant and I told him if I mess up and [he's] unhappy, it’s on me. My co-workers backed me up saying he was in good hands and I didn’t let him see the cut until I was done. [laughs] When he finally saw it, he smiled so I was happy. Oh! Once I heard a client comment like ‘Oh there’s a girl cutting hair here.’ And the barber across from me said ‘Yeah she cuts nice.’ His client who never seems happy said ‘No girl is ever cutting my hair.’ I’m in the South so there’s still a chauvinistic feel along the lines of 'women belong in the kitchen.'