The role of barbershops has always been about more than a haircut. Barbershops have always propagated around creating a sense of community, dating back as early as 296 BC when greek men used to gather in marketplaces to get their hair and beards trimmed while debating politics and life. The trade was formally introduced in the US in the 19th century, as AB Moler opened a barber school in Chicago, making it the first institution of its kind anywhere in the world. It brought training, education and professionalism in the world of facial hair trimming, giving rise to a new industry.
Serving as a cultural staple, barbershops were one of the founding industries that boosted the African American economy after slavery was abolished by allowing black men to become entrepreneurs. Join us as we learn more about the founders of En-Root and Rooted, their journey, the challenges they’ve had to overcome and the impact they are having in the community.