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Today we’d like to introduce you to @hofsaucemanj.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Before I was born, my dad cut for a short time and he decided he was going to teach his son how to cut hair. Throughout my childhood, he enforced that I pay attention to detail and technique in everything I choose to do, being that is always the way to closest reach perfection. Safe to say, I hated but later in life, when I was dealing with consequences of poor decision making I volunteered in Baltimore county detention center and have been now earning a living for seven years. It began offering mobile services for $10 inside or outside with the worst lighting you could imagine.

I then grew to start working in a couple shops and survived the struggles of the learning curve and found myself once again a mobile barber but now being called upon throughout DC, MD and Baltimore. Then I got a call from Larry Hall, the owner at SmoothCuts Barbershop in 2016 and it’s been a dream ever since. Now the manager at our 6705 York Rd location, I have grown beyond my expectations and have evolved my talents to a level where now I am the barber for professional athletes, college students and athletes, business owners, lawyers, doctors, actors and actresses. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I was incarcerated every year from 2011 to 2019 short stays and long stays. I was forced to work 12 to 16 hours a day as I was dealing with temporary homelessness mental health battles feeling guilt of leaving my children being incarcerated, which my father never did to me to finally moving over east baltimore but spending $1800 a month in Lyft just to keep my job and to show my loyalty and appreciation to Larry for believing in me being a victim of ID theft at 21 and the person doing jail time but my legal name is listed as an alias because the woman attempted to commit crimes and give my identification.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in all things dealing with hair care, anything from men’s haircuts to women’s hair cuts, basic female styling tint eyebrows arch eyebrows undercuts hair beach/dye texturizing.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I’ve learned how much hair care workers are a forgotten demographic when it comes to relief and benefits; we are unervalued thru unemployment and there is no barber union in the area to protect us from negligent claims loss of employment or crisis.

Pricing:

  • $100 A month membership includes 4 haircuts a month to be scheduled 7 days week between 11am and 11pm
  • $40 Adult walk ins
  • $30 Haircuts $20 shapeup unisex
  • $65 Loc starting $45 loc maintenance
  • $20 Kids 12 and under

Contact Info:

  • Email: foreverandever2k17@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @hofsaucemanj
  • Twitter: @hofsaucemanj410

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