Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    Jeff Hafler interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-07-26. The interview took place at Jeff Hafler's dining room table. Hafler discusses his hair styling career, starting in Ohio, learning on Black hair and then building his own business in Los Angeles, where he developed a friendship with Michael Jackson. He also talks about his incredible collection of hair and beauty antiques. He has over 2,000 artifacts, some from the early 1900s.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Hafler, Jeff - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Shahzad Hafeez interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-09. Shahzad Hafeez is from Pakistan. He discusses being trained as an engineer and becoming a hairdresser in the United States. He talks about the difference of Indian hair compared to European hair and how Indian culture, in relation to hair and beauty, is influenced by American culture.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Hafeez, Shahzad - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Patrick Wellington interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-10. Patrick Wellington is an established New York hairdresser from Jamaica. In this interview he discusses the importance of taking care of his body to meet the physical demands of the job; attending hair shows; the controversy of straightening hair with the Keratin Hair Treatment; turnover in the industry; the tipping system; and the different chemical and natural processing techniques used to straighten African American...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Wellington, Patrick - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Gail Bruno interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-13. Gail has a home salon in upstate New York. She has been doing hair for over fifty years. She has a bubbly personality and loves to talk. She is still working at almost seventy-years-old. Most of her clients are aged sixty and older. Walking into her salon is like stepping back in time. During this interview, she talks about losing many of her customers...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bruno, Gail - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Lawrence Freeman interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-15. Freeman has been doing hair for about forty years. His clients include Farrah Fawcett, Halston, Debbie Harry, Olympia Dukakis, and Eartha Kitt. His salon is in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a small town in the north of Cape Cod that has been a vacation mecca for gay people. Freeman talks about concepts of beauty and ethnicity as defined by our culture and the challenges of being...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Freeman, Lawrence D. - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Damaris Pimentel interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-17. Damaris Pimentel is from the Dominican Republic. She has been doing hair for over thirty years in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood located in Boston. Pimentel talks about the texture of Dominican hair; the toxicity and health issues of doing Brazilian Blowouts; and the role gentrification has played in her neighborhood.
    • Contributor: Pimentel, Damaris - Occupational Folklife Project - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Rosaria Monarca interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2013-01-20. Rina Monarca is a Sicilian woman who has been doing hair for about thirty-five years and works with a primarily Black clientele. In this interview, she discusses how to work with different hair textures; working as a hairdresser in Italy; the pros and cons of owning a salon; Brazilian Blowout hair treatment; her immigration to the US; and class issues within the Black salon...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Monarca, Rosaria - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2013
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    Karen Pelletier interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-21. Pelletier has been a barber in the quaint small town of Georgetown, Massachusetts, for twenty-nine years. She discusses her preference to cut men's hair over working in a beauty salon. She's also discusses the issue of baldness and the conversations that happen in her shop. Pelletier has served three generations of her customers' families and has starting cutting hair for elderly women. She briefly...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Pelletier, Karen - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2013
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    Folosade Bey Al-Rasul and Nzinga Foreman-Bey interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-24. Nzinga and Folosade are sisters who work out of their family home in Philadelphia. They were trained by master braider Yvette Smalls. They specialize in traditional African hair styling and they have developed modern, innovative styling techniques. They also grew up with The Move Organization, the Black liberation group that was bombed by the Philadelphia Police in 1985. The sisters speak eloquently about the...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Taylor, Candacy A. - Bey Al-Rasul, Folosade - Foreman-Bey, Nzinga
    • Date: 2012
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    Terri Shuck interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-05-28. Terri Shuck has been doing hair for thirty-two years. She talks about how she started and the role her customers play in her life. She discusses her organizing and timing strategies for doing chemical treatments on multiple customers. Shuck also talks about what it's like living in Appalachia and debunks a lot of the stereotypes and assumptions about hillbilly culture.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Shuck, Terri - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Carl Bradley Legg interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-29. Brad Legg's home salon is located in the Appalachian hills of Rainelle, West Virginia. Brad talks about his family of coal miners; his history of styling hair; his regular customers and how he was able to build a loyal clientele for his business.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Taylor, Candacy A. - Legg, Carl
    • Date: 2012
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    Steve Davis interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-02. Steve Davis was named "Best Colorist" by Philadelphia Magazine. Much of the interview addresses the techniques and issues of coloring all types of hair. He also talks about the importance of being a responsible business owner and doing what's necessary to excel at the trade.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Davis, Steve - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Iku Kawashita, Steven Landry, Elizabeth Pierotti, Gretzel Stansbury, and Akiko Yoshihara interviews conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-04. Ozuki Salon is a Japanese salon in Washington D.C. The interview was conducted as a group interview with the Ozuki's owners and staff, and then short individual interviews were recorded afterwards. Ozuki offers specialized Japanese services, such as kimono dressing and a green tea service with a Japanese cookie. We discussed the different textures within Japanese hair and advantages of marketing to an Asian...
    • Contributor: Pierotti, Elizabeth - Occupational Folklife Project - Stansbury, Gretzel - Kawashita, Iku - Landry, Steven D. - Taylor, Candacy A. - Yoshihara, Akiko
    • Date: 2012
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    Anu Prestonia interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-05. Anu Prestonia is from Norfolk Virginia, but she moved to New York at age 10. She is the owner of Khamit Kinks, a Brooklyn based salon. After doing hair for 20 years, Anu decided to focus on the administrative aspects of her business. Anu talks about the trend of natural hair and the process of going natural. She also talks about the Sisterlocks technique....
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Prestonia, Anu - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Shuly Amsel and Minky Wellinger interviews conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-06. Shuly Amsel is the owner and operator of Shuly's Wigs. Her business started as a small operation out of her home. Today, Shuly's Wigs are highly sought after. She runs a retail and wholesale operation. Her clientele includes Jewish Orthodox wives looking to cover up their hair, celebrities, celebrity stylists, and African American women, but they are marketed to and worn by women of...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Amsel, Shuly - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Doris Ortiz interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-07. Doris Ortiz runs iSALON in New York City. She's originally from Singapore. Initially, Doris had a job in Union Square at International Hair Cutting. She decided to open her own shop six years later. Her salon caters to many different types of hair. She discuses Japanese perms, keratin treatments and working with diverse hair types.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Taylor, Candacy A. - Ortiz, Doris
    • Date: 2012