Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamese Davis.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jamese. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started cutting hair in college mainly to keep money in my pocket. But truthfully, I always payed attention to haircuts. I had always noticed little unique details about haircuts. I would draw and all of the men would have a lineup, fade and diamond earrings. So that curiosity lead me to believe I could cut and I tried on my little cousin when I was about 16 (2005).
With a Walmart clipper, no guard and a razor from his mom’s shower I did pretty good. From there, I knew I could cut hair. But it wasn’t until college (2008) that I actually start cutting consistently and eventually having it as a source of income…
After graduating, I worked for 9/10 months in management for a rental car company. I hated working so much that I quit and enrolled in barber school.
Nine months later, I received my professional barber license. I worked for a year and a half at Classic Barbershop on western in Korea town until I was able to open my shop, CROWND Barberlounge.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As a female barber I struggled with a lot of men telling me they would never get cut by a girl. So word of mouth became my strongest tool for gaining clientele. People became walking billboards and recommended people to me. No one ever believed my words “I’m a barber!” during first impression. Most respond with “wait so you do hair? “No, I’m a Barber, I CUT hair!” followed by whatever else I have to say to prove I’m a BARBER.
Aside from being a barber, opening a business was challenging because I knew nothing about business. I had to be very transparent and honest when I didn’t understand and humble enough to express that I didn’t know what to do. I got help from a program through a church Macedonia Baptist church. They offered me mentorship through the process and essentially walked me to business ownership.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
CROWND Barberlounge is a barbershop. I used Lounge because there was a certain energy that I wanted the shop to have. Calm, safe, free and luxurious energy. I also wanted everything about it to represent Black excellence and the original barbershop culture. I pictured it being a place where black people would be proud of and those of other cultures would be enlightened by.
We are dedicated barbers that love the art of cutting hair. You won’t find neater haircuts in the South Bay. We finish all of our cuts with a steamed towel and razor lining shave. We take care of client’s hair washing, hot towel shave, braids, and specialize in beard trimming. Once you try us you are stuck with us.
We have host numerous events like fashion shows, music release parties and positive social events that unite millennials.
We give free cuts and backpacks to the kids in our community every year for back to school. We open the shop for 8 hours and advertise that haircuts are free (annual School supply drive).
We also collect used clothing from clients and take them to personally donate them in DTLA’s union rescue mission. Every year people show up on Christmas Day to volunteer 2 hours passing out the donated clothes and shoes. (Annual clothing drive)
I think CROWND is different from most barbershops because I’m a women and you don’t find many women barbershop owners. For that reason, I take it serious to intentionally leave a good impression on anyone that walks through our doors. We focus on great customer service and professionalism, which most barbers and barbershops lack.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always silly. I loved to laugh and entertain. All of my report cards had “talks too much” on them even if I had a good grade. I was always friendly and respectful mainly because that’s how my mom raised me so anything other than that was probably going to get me a whoop’n, Which I didn’t have to get many of to get the picture.
- Walk-in for haircut $35
- Appointment $45
- Address: 13343 Hawthorne Blvd Hawthorne, CA 90250
- Phone: 3108487312
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/CROWNDBarberlounge
- Yelp: www.yelp.com/CROWNDBarberlounge