Barber Lisa B.
Star barber Lisa B. keeps our favorite celebrity men looking fine! Lisa B. is one of the go-to barbers in Hollywood who has styled the coifs of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood as Department Head of Hair, whose cast include Nelly, Jackie Long, Duane Martin and Boris Kodjoe—among others. As a female barber in a male-dominated field, Lisa B. chats with SBH on breaking down barriers in the barbering industry.
GETTING STARTED: “Back in the ‘80s in Los Angeles, my husband suggested that I go to beauty school. I didn’t know I could do hair, but I was actually pretty good at it. I ended up teaching myself how to barber. I started in Los Angeles on Crenshaw and 54th St, then I moved over to the West Side and I started cutting some of the players for the Los Angeles Lakers. Martin Lawrence got wind of me and pulled me [onto the set of] Bad Boys 2, which was my first movie.”
KEEPING IT FRESH: “There’s a continuity that goes into working on the set of Real Husbands of Hollywood because we shoot out of sequence. We might shoot the last scene first, and the first scene in the middle so continuity is really important. I have to keep the haircut the same for each episode. I can cut [the cast] every single day to make sure the continuity is the same so almost every day the men will come through the trailer to get their hair cut.”
BEING A FEMALE BARBER: “My biggest obstacle to this day is getting the respect that I deserve from male barbers. I don’t have a problem getting clients, and I think a lot of men prefer having a woman who can really cut hair well. My haircuts are the bomb, but I also think my integrity and character has kept me here. I’m the first one to arrive and the last one to leave—I make sure everything is good.”
BREAKING BARRIERS: “As barbers, we get played down in the beauty industry. We don’t get the recognition and I’m hoping that I can break that lane open for a lot of people.”