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The Barber Paradox: A Black Man's Search for the Perfect Haircut

Why finding a barber who can keep your fade tight is harder than finding a needle in a haystack (but totally worth it)


The Struggle is Real

Hey fellas, let's talk about the most important relationship in a black man's life. No, not your girl or your mama, but your barber! And we all know finding a good one is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Have you ever gone to a new barber only to leave looking like a chia pet? Yeah, we've all been there. It can be tough to find a barber that you can depend on, who doesn't have issues managing their appointments or doesn't have weird hours. And let's not forget those barbers that deal with unnecessary drama, like their baby mama or legal issues.

This struggle is on full display In the Atlanta Season 2, episode 5 titled, "Barbershop." Paper Boi goes on a wild goose chase with his unreliable barber Bibby. It's like trying to catch a cab in the rain – frustrating, time-consuming, and you might end up with a bad haircut. Along the way, Bibby's girlfriend, lumber theft, and his son skipping school all get in the way of Al's much-needed haircut. Finally, after enduring all of Bibby's shenanigans, Al emerges with a fresh cut but decides to find a new barber. It's like breaking up with your girlfriend – scary but necessary. The episode hilariously captures the unbreakable bond between Black men and their barbers, even when it means putting up with more drama than an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

"It can be tough to find a barber that you can depend on, who doesn't have issues managing their appointments or doesn't have weird hours."

Atlanta's Paper Boi knows the struggle

I Got the Hook up

But don't worry fellas, there are solutions to this problem. Social media has become a game-changer in finding a barber. Instagram is a great tool for checking out a barber's work before you even step foot in their shop. Make sure to look out for barbers that specialize in your desired cut, and don't be afraid to slide into their DMs to schedule an appointment.

Another solution is using apps like The Cut, which is like Yelp for barbershops. You can read reviews from other customers and see pictures of the barbers' work. It takes out the guesswork and saves you from wasting time and money on a bad haircut.

So fellas, don't let the struggle of finding a good barber keep you from looking your best. Keep your standards high and use the resources available to you. And remember, a good barber is like a therapist, but with clippers instead of a couch. So go ahead and get yourself that fresh cut, and keep it clean.

Follow Your Orí

Follow Your Orí is a blog dedicated to providing knowledge about natural hair growth, holistic health, mental and physical wellbeing, and other things that can help you live a better life. Orí, which translates to "head" in Yoruba, alludes to one's spiritual intuition and destiny. It is the reflected spark of human awareness buried inside our human essence, and as such, it is frequently personified as an Orisha, or deity in its own right. The Yoruba religion believes that through working with the Orishas to establish a balanced character or iwa-pele, one may cure themselves both spiritually and physically. When one's character is balanced, one achieves alignment with one's Orí or divine self.

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