GREENSBORO, N.C. -- At Heads Up Barbershop in Greensboro, their services extend far beyond just your normal haircut.
“You know we get involved in conversation, you know. We talk about hardships and everything like that. So you’re basically like a counselor sometimes. But after you finish all of that counseling you might need counseling,” said Teddy Williamson, barber at Heads Up.
In light of this week shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and in Texas, the conversation has shifted.
“It’s been a constant talk, a constant talk. I thought we were going to get on Kevin Durant but we’ve been on these shooting,” Williamson smiled.
Williamson has been a barber at the Heads Up location on Pinecroft Road in Greensboro for the past six years. Friday’s are usually busy, but the shop caught a usual break in the mid-day rush.
“Just listen and comply. I’ve been into some situations where I didn’t do anything wrong, but I complied and just walked off,” he explained.
It’s the continuous conversation about the relationship between police and African-Americans that’s been going on.
“One of my twins did say he wanted to be a police officer,” said Derrick Scales, as he was getting a haircut.
“I have police officers that I cut their kids hair and they got kids. I got kids, they got kids and they shouldn’t be taken away from their families,” stated Williamson.
While at Heads Up Barbershop, a chair is always open for opinion and it is also there for comfort.
“Just be peaceful, you know. Just protest in peace,” Scales said.
“Well if it seems like it or not, you make a difference for somebody. You know what I’m saying,” Williamson reiterated as he finished cutting hair.