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Ninth Chapter Barbershop isn’t just another neighborhood barbershop, it’s an escape and safe space.

“The idea for the shop came from working at the first and last barbershop I ever worked for. I saw a demographic that wasn’t being serviced, looked over, not respected. And yet [the patrons] kept the industry going – gay black men,” says founder and head barber Ayesha Harris.

Walking into the space, you’re hit with the faint waft of spicy incense. And unlike other shops in the area that cater to an ultra hip hop crowd, the smooth grooves of Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady” fills the airwaves. If that’s not enough, Ninth Chapter is one of the few barbershops in the entire country staffed by all women.

“A barbershop can be very super macho. It’s a very high testosterone environment. Many times people don’t want that. Sometimes they just want a haircut.”

Don’t be fooled, this isn’t a woman focused shop. Everyone is welcome. That’s the Ninth Chapter mantra.

This shop is for you if:

  • You’re looking for a friendly and empowering community.
  • You want to relax and take the edge off.
  • You like chatting about politics and social views.
  • You appreciate neo-soul and soothing incense.