Shannon Jackson is the first black woman to own a barbershop in Omaha

Abu Mubarik March 30, 2023
Shannon Jackson. Photo credit: Black Business

Entrepreneur, Shannon Jackson is the founder of Heavi Hitters, a local barbershop in Omaha, Nebraska; which makes her the first Black woman to own and operate a barbershop in the city. Jackson obtained her barber’s license nearly a decade ago. Now 31, she has made it her mission to serve her community as much as she could. She reportedly gives free regular haircuts to homeless people and children under the back-to-school initiative.

She launched Heavi Hitters in 2019 with an all-female staff. For Jackson, going with an all-female staff reflects how women can equally be big players in fields dominated by men.

“It’s given our clients, a different perspective of life, being in a male-dominated world,” hairstylist Ayanna Carfield said.

In addition to haircuts, Heavi Hitters also provide services from braids to wigs, to makeup, and tattoos.

“Seeing that they feel completely different from when they first came in like I can have somebody come in and have the worst day ever. But once they come out of my chair, they feel completely different a whole new person,” Carfield said.

As a result of the company’s growing client list, they recently moved to a spacious facility on 65th and Maple to serve their customers better.

“With this new salon and being in this area, we get a lot of traffic,” said Latoria Neal, who is also a hairstylist at Heavi Hitters.

Latoria believes the secret to the success and expansion of the barbershop could be attributed to the sisterhood within the shop. “We all grew together, like a sisterhood with each other, like, this is my family,” she told KETV.

Congratulations to the girls.

Last Edited by:Annie-Flora Mills Updated: March 30, 2023


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