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Trip to Barber Helps Black Men With Common Health Ailment

Experiment adds blood pressure treatment to the mix

(Newser) - Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve health, per the AP . The project had pharmacists work with dozens of Los Angeles barbershops to test... More »

Hairy Crisis: Remote Town Hasn't Had Barber in 2 Years

Nearest hairdresser is a 17-hour drive away

(Newser) - A remote hamlet of 800 people in northern Canada has grown accustomed to several hardships, including temperatures that plummet to nearly -60 degrees in the winter and days when basic supplies don't come in due to delayed flights. And certain amenities are downright missing in Norman Wells, which is... More »

Why Blacks Have a Thing About Barbershops

Professor Quincy Mills talks about black-barbershop history

(Newser) - Black barbershops are known for lively conversation on sports, politics, you name it—so of course there's a fascinating history behind them. In an interview with Collectors Weekly , Vassar College history professor Quincy Mills goes over barbershops' key role in black politics and identity, from the pre-Civil War years... More »

US Senate Bails Out Own Barbershop

Senators throw $230K at beloved shop

(Newser) - The US Senate bailed out its own barbershop after it ran nearly $300,000 in the red last year—despite $27 cut-and-blow-drys, $105 highlight jobs, and 27,000 annual customers, The Daily reports. “There’s no way to sugarcoat” the problem, says Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer. "... More »

Salon Changes Name From Ossama's to Obama's

(Newser) - A Chicago salon named Ossama’s Hair Design has seen a marked uptick in business after changing its name to Obama’s, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “This is going to work for me for sure,” said Mike Elsheikh, the shop’s owner. “The name is absolutely making... More »

Spas for Guys Combine Beer, TV and Manicures

Four male reporters test brave new world of salons for men

(Newser) - Spas and salons that cater exclusively to men—complete with manicures, facials, and straight-edge razor shaves—are popping up across the US. But instead of the pastel-colored decor found in a traditional salon, these spas include flat-panel TVs set to ESPN, beer on tap, and pool tables, reports the Wall ... More »

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