3635 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
RYG: When did you start your barber career?
LN: I started in 1965
RYG: Did you have to attend a barber school?
LN: Yes, I went to Carver Vocational School and only paid $2.00 for my license. I went to evening classes for only 3 hours a week.
RYG: How much did you charge for a haircut?
LN: I started working at the Talents Barbershop on West Longwood Street and we charged $.75 for children and $1.50 for adults. I worked there for 6 years.
RYG: What was the funniest thing ever happened in the shop?
LN: I had an alcohol problem –got to the shop one morning and wanted a drink but my client came in early. Well, I started cutting his hair; my hands started shaking while I was giving him a razor line and he said, “If I get out of here alive, I’m never coming back”. I stopped barbering that day!
RYG: How long did you stay out of the industry?
LN: For 18 ½ years.
RYG: What were you doing in those 18 ½ years?
LN: I stopped drinking and started working for Allied Chemicals until they closed in 1986. Then, I went back to school to enhance my cutting skills for different types of hair textures.
RYG: Where did you work after returning to the industry?
LN: I was so proficient in my skills that my instructor at the time; referred me to the Naval Academy were I have been working since 1986 until today. I have also been working part-time at Mckoy’s Barbershop for 21 years.
RYG: How do you feel about the industry now?
LN: Many of the new barbers don’t have the same standards we had back when I started. Some have the education but lack skills, personality, and professionalism. I would love to see the new barbers take pride in themselves and their work.
MOTTO: Take your time and do it right the first time.