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Students in Queen Roshae's Hair Matters class, which is held inside of a mobile salon.
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Queen Roshae shows a group of girls onto the mobile salon bus. They giggle and whisper as they climb aboard, one by one plopping seats on a long bench. School’s out and they’ve come to the Central Community House to wait for their parents to get off work.

More Than 180 Haircuts Given At Homeless Stand Down

Jan 15, 2019

The last to leave Saturday's Homeless Stand Down at Cleveland's Public Auditorum  were the barbers. 

The Homeless Stand Down is an annual, one-day event put together by HandsOn Northeast Ohio for people experiencing homelessness. 

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A U.S. Hair & Beauty employee rapidly scans the barcodes of the latest shipment of hair extensions. Black, burgundy and chestnut brown weaves pile up on the floor as she throws one pack down to pick up another.

U.S. Hair & Beauty is the biggest beauty supply business in Columbus, at seven stores and growing.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

At the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory, it's O.K. if you know nothing about hair. None of the men here do.

But they're all eager to learn.

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

Jul 17, 2017

Raising teenage girls can be a tough job. Raising black teenage girls as white parents can be even tougher. Aaron and Colleen Cook knew that when they adopted their twin daughters, Mya and Deanna.

As spring came around this year, the girls, who just turned 16, told their parents they wanted to get braided hair extensions. Their parents happily obliged, wanting Mya and Deanna to feel closer to their black heritage.

Adora Namigadde

As Queen Roshae preps for an intimate, 10-hour hair session with a client, the stylist breaks out into her theme song.

"I'm a soul sista, knocking those naps up on their backs!" Roshae sings. "Oh, baby, come see me!"

Stories about black women whose employers asked them to cut their dreadlocks or to trim their big afros have surfaced with more frequency in the last few years. Now a new study confirms that many people — including black ones — have a bias against the types and styles of natural hair worn by black people.

Gabe Rosenberg

Sitting in one of the half-dozen chairs at Holy Moses in Grandview Heights, R.J. Trimber is getting a trim.

"My hair eight months ago looked nothing like this," he says, as barber Garrett Woerndle makes his way around Trimber with an electric razor.

Some Donate Hair For Holidays

Dec 17, 2007

Shoppers are scouring Central Ohio shopping malls this holiday season in search of the perfect gifts. But some people have found a way of giving of themselves...quite literally to help sick and injured children here and throughout the country. WOSU's Marilyn Smith explains.