Meet Neijae Graham-Henries, the world’s youngest barber

Theodora Aidoo Dec 16, 2019 at 02:00pm

December 16, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Success Story

Theodora Aidoo

Theodora Aidoo | Staff Writer

December 16, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Success Story

World's youngest barber, Neijae Graham-Henries, 8,cutting the hair of Rymir Ware, 14 - Pic Credit: Tim Tai / Staff Photographer

“You can show people that you can do something that you haven’t done before,” the World’s Youngest Barber is quoted to have said.

At age seven, Neijae Graham-Henries found her passion when her brother chose to discontinue the Junior Barber Academy in North Philadelphia last year.

She took his spot in the class, becoming the only girl in the six-week course.

According to her mother, Jamie Graham, “she wasn’t intimidated because she was the youngest student, and she was not intimidated because she was the only female.”

Before she was due to start her second grade, Graham-Henries had become a certified barber. Soon after her training, she started volunteering works to cut students’ hair for free at a back-to-school event.

The 8-year-old spends her time going to school and giving free haircuts to those in need and at the same time mastering her skills from Philadelphia barbers.

Describing her technique, Graham-Henries said: “The whole process is to finish it and do it really good and to, like, style it good.”

Graham-Henries received national attention from outlets like BuzzFeed and Inside Edition when footage of her working went viral on social media. She also got invited to speak at the Essence Beauty Carnival in New York City.

At this young age, Graham-Henries is confident about her career in a male-dominated profession and her resolve to pursue her passion has won her the World Record Academy title of “World’s Youngest Barber’.

Even though Graham-Henries has styled a few women, she enjoys cutting men’s hair. “They have a better texture,” she said, adding, “no offense.”

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Until she’s 16 before she can secure a barber’s license in Pennsylvania, Graham-Henries must provide free haircuts under the watchful eye of a licensed barber.

The youngster doesn’t just enjoy cutting hair, she said she enjoys sleeping, eating, dancing, and playing video games like Minecraft. She is a kid with big dreams.

She is also envisaging a career in sewing as she pursues her barber’s license when she’s old enough. Her dream is to have Kevin Hart or LeBron James as clients in the future.

“I think she’s also learning to be extremely confident and, more importantly to me, she’s learning how to communicate,” her mother said, adding, “She’s understanding the power of her voice, the power of choice, and the power of focus.”

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