Driven: salons on wheels officially become reality in Alabama thanks to a local barber
MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – Hair Salons on Wheels – this is something that was illegal in Alabama until last month.
A local barber and Vietnam veteran with a passion for helping people with disabilities understood this void and only stopped when his dream came true.
Greg Morris has been cutting hair for decades.
“I started cutting my hair at the age of 13. It’s been 51 years, ”he said.
Her hair salon, GBM3 Barbershop and Beauty Salon on Duval Street, is what many call an institution. With every cut and shave, you see a conversation and camaraderie that many believe is unique and endearing in black hair salons.
“It’s the quality of service and the quality of the work we do. The atmosphere we offer. All of these elements combined make up GBM3, ”Morris said.
When COVID hit last year, Morris’s store, along with many others, closed.
With people in quarantine and thinking of disabled vets like himself, he decided it was time for an idea he had been working on for years to become a reality: to open a mobile barber shop and bring in the barber shop. at their home.
Morris pitched the idea to State Representative Barbara Drummond, who said hair salons benefit not only hairdressers, but nail technicians as well.
“This is also going to give this industry another option in which they can operate even in the midst of an emergency like a pandemic,” Drummond said.
This idea is now the law of the land, the bill passed by the Senate last month with bipartisan support.
“He can now bring his craft right to the client’s door, which is for the veterans he serves now,” Drummond said. “For those who are disabled, who cannot fit into a brick and mortar structure. Now, this industry can bring vehicles to that structure and serve those customers wherever they are. ”
Morris says he’s already getting ready to put his hair salon on wheels.
“We’re going to Bonner Brothers in New Orleans this year, in August,” Morris said. “The hairdressing salon of the Bonner brothers. Floor showroom, do our thing, sell our products. Introducing the new mobile salon to people. And the services that we provide, like makeup, nails, hairdressing, all of that good stuff.
It has a message for entrepreneurs who may be discouraged on their journey to success.
“Whatever your dream, whatever your vision, whatever your goal. Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up. As long as you don’t give up, you will achieve your goal, ”he said.
The Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering has until January 1, 2022 to officially adopt the rules for mobile salons, and that’s when these salons will officially begin operating.