Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3 - (Page 45)
CURTIS SMITH SETS TRENDS
BY NICK GUSTAV
“I would get a little practice here and there with my friends and family,” Smith said. “It was fun, and I liked the way people responded after I prepped them. I liked the feeling of creating something from scratch. I kind of had a knack for it, and people started saying, ‘You’re not just learning; you cut my hair better than my barber.’ I was always a really fast learner who was into trying different things and experimenting.” Today, Smith tours with Usher and Diddy, getting their hair ready for performances, photo shoots and other public appearances. He also produces hair-care and shaving products under the brand
ow much is a dollar worth? Not much these days, but 25 years ago, it was enough to get a trim from the barber who now handles some of the most important heads of hair in the hip-hop community, including Diddy and Usher. Curtis Smith, 41, began cutting his friends’ hair out of his home in the Bronx when he was a teenager, and at $1 each, he could hardly be accused of overcharging his customers. But they weren’t the only ones getting value out of the deal, as Smith quickly learned that he had a bright future with clippers in his hand.
Xotics by Curtis Smith and still cuts hair once a week at Marble Hill International Unisex Salon in the Bronx, where he served a two-year apprenticeship under master barber Roosevelt “Rosey” Spivey. Spivey, who bought the barber shop in 1962, taught Smith tricks of the trade such as how to do a fade without changing the guard on the clippers, but the mentor also stressed the importance of strong social skills and business sense. “By the time I became Rosey’s apprentice, I had practiced enough on my friends and family that I was good enough to cut hair in the barbershop from Day 1, but he
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“Don’t be afraid to try something new. Try working different styles, promote yourself heavily and try to connect with people who are connected in some way.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings Of Washington
Network, Innovate, Grow: AACS Annual Convention & Expo 2012
Attending a Convention: 10 Tips for Success
A Teacher’s Safari: Managing the Zoo of Personalities
Sticking it Out: 10 Threats That Keep Students from Surviving and Thriving in the Real World
Data Disaster: Protecting Sensitive and Important Records
Mixing Generations in the Classroom: Can They Coexist?
Beauty Changes Lives
Every Vote Counts: Encouraging and Emphasizing the Importance of their Vote
Hip-Hop Haircuts: Curtis Smith Sets Trends
AACS Listserve Q & A
Now We’re Talking: An Education in Communication
Health & Wellness for Educators: Tips for Being Healthy
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
And Then There’s Compliance
Remembering Two Beauty Legends
Beauty Before Boarding: Airport Salons Take Flight
Voices From the Classroom
CEA Annual Convention Photo Spread
Quiz Time: How Well Do You Know Your Association?
Associate Member Profiles: Makeup/Cosmetics
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012-2013 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3
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