Nine barbershops in South Los Angeles are teaming with MLKCH to bring health education to men in a place that feels comfortable: the barber’s chair. In this brief interview, Darryl Jones of Just Showin’ Off Barbershop talks about why barbers, especially in the African American community, are often the best way to get men motivated to take better care of their health.
What kind of health problems do you see with your customers?
Everybody has health issues here. I see it very, very commonly. Heart attack. Stroke. My dad died from a stroke. He had high blood pressure. He had prostate cancer. My mom has cancer now. She has fourth stage breast cancer. My sister has breast cancer. So yes, I see a lot.
I get more health information calls than haircut calls. I have more ‘patients’ than clients.