The Master Mind Behind drinking socially on a Hair Wars regular basis. David Humphries “Hump The Grinder” Hair stylists experience Where did I get the title ups & downs when it comes from, one night at a club to making money. Some years in downtown Detroit, my the money is great other hometown where I was during years, everyone’s hurting, one for my hair parties. A depending good friend of mind name Tujuana Davenport shouted out “There’s a Hair War going on tonight”. In my mind I was thinking, is this a hair war and at that moment I wasted no time securing that name, so I could have legal rights for the use of Hair Wars throughout America. My early shows were very informal. There were no format to follow, we all just went with it. After the stylists realize this could be a form of entertainment, they became very creative with entertaining the live audience. We did weekly shows for years with just a on the economy. There is a couple of hundred people at pattern I have noticed. a small club, it was real When the democrats are in underground. the White House, the money is flowing much better. It’s always been a saying Another factor is the type that hair stylist don’t get of hair style or styles along. Usually when hair that are popular at the stylists generally don’t time. It also depends a lot get along with each other, on the degree of they’re the ones who are difficulty. If a style is having the problems. real hot and everyone, Detroit hair stylists have including the kitchen gotten along well for beauticians and beauty years. Which that goes back school students are from the nightclub hair mastering it, the price shows parties. Hairstylist drops quickly. On the other gets together in a club hand, styles that require atmosphere, so everyone is more skills, like several mingling, dancing, and of the high-fashion styles or the high-end weaves, the One of my philosophy on prices usually stay high during a hair show is for a good stretch, while bigger doesn’t necessarily at the same time, the make it better. I prefer an mediocre stylists scramble intimate setting for Hair to come up with their own Wars, where everyone can bootleg version. I always actually SEE the hair – not encourage hair stylists to being subjected to viewing be original and creative – a big screen in a large wake up in the middle of arena. Satisfying our the night and create your customers is the number one dream do – at least on priority. I don’t knock the paper. And if you’re not show promoters for what original, go to classes and they do, keep up with the newest trends. Another thing we need to do is to hold an annual or bi-annual summit for top hair trend setters, mainly to originate more money-making hair dos that will have more longevity. Hair Entertainers that is a phrase I commonly use and it is what it is – hair stylist entertaining. I was visualizing the hair stylists as stars. Instead of being a celebrity stylist, THEY should be the celebrity. When the Hair Wars Tour finally made it to the Las Vegas strip in 1999, the hair stars were in lights and we reached I’m just not out to give people from all over the the biggest show. I’m out world who just happened to to present the BEST show. be visiting during the weekends of our shows. Don King, Don Cornelius and Since then, the New York Ricky (Cedric) Walker, in Daily News and the Los no particular order are my Angeles Times media began a biggest influence in the campaign in their stories entertainment business. All by using the phrase ‘hair these men have had entertainers.’ After that, longevity in the TV shows and magazines are entertainment world. Don now referring to these hair King world’s top boxing stars as hair entertainers promoter, Don Cornelius – and it’s well-deserved. Soul Train was a local show where you can pick-up tickets to dance at Sears, how the African slaves took Ricky Walker is running care of their hair and it strong as the creator and eventually makes it to the producer of the successful current days of how hair UniverSoul Circus. These stylists are becoming stars brothers keep me motivated. with the birth of hair entertainment. Regina and Hair Wars has a few the film crew came to misconceptions. Obviously, Detroit and got a chance to with the name Hair Wars, hit the streets and get many people automatically footage from a Detroit Hair think it’s some sort of Wars show and got stories competition. Others think from many of the top trend it’s a trade show, designed setting hair stylists. Big for hair stylists and Bad D, Karl Reed, LaToya barbers only. We try to Pearson, Ms. Color Me Vic, make our advertising plain Kevin Carter, Ali D’Shua, and simple, but we still Big Dickie, Cool C, have a lot of explaining to Khalife’L, Jo-Jo Lanier, do. When we tell them it’s Little Willie, Mr. Little an actual show, some may and Steven Noss were among compare it to a booty- those interviewed. shakin’ – type production, or a variety show where local rappers, singers and comedians perform, or an event where they style hair while you watch. Some also think it’s just for women. Meanwhile, some people just scratch their heads. Hair Wars is including in the upcoming documentary, My Nappy Roots. Los Angeles filmmaker Regina Kimbell spent several years researching the history of black hair and came up with this amazing movie. The who’s who in the hair industry are in it, including George Johnson of Johnson Products, Ed Gardner of Soft Sheen, Benefits for that Lafayette Jones, Art Dyson, participate in Hair Wars as Barry Fletcher, Torain and a hair stylist. On the Hollywood stars Vivica A. local level, we provide a Fox, Patti LaBelle and Kim venue and an audience for Fields to mention just a them to advertise their few. The film begins with work. Thousands of flyers the impact of this hit the streets with their promotion, but they do see names and salons on them the results. Once a show is and we have a large direct over, Hair Wars begins to mail campaign that will market their creations from reach potential customers that event. Sooner than for them. We also attach later, many of them see their photos to the press their work in publications, releases, which are sent or get calls to appear on a out to the newspapers, talk show. We estimate that magazines and TV news and we have reached more than features departments. When 100 million people around we blast the radio ads, we the world – and we’re still include the stylists’ growing. names, in addition to I see Hair Entertainment promoting them as ‘hair going in the future for stars.’ On a national sure as a regular level, we send out tons of attraction on the Las Vegas photos to popular magazines Strip. We had an and top national opportunity to test Hair newspapers. We also send Wars on a small budget DVD clips of the stylists’ during the three shows we work to the national produced at Bally’s Hotel & entertainment and talk Casino. I can only imagine shows. Over the years, we what it will look like with have built great some corporate dollars relationships with the behind it. I also visualize national media & the hair entertainment tours entertainment show circuit. throughout America and We have gotten many hair around the world. I see stylists national exposure, hair entertainment on the and we have a department big screen as well as just for that. Another way several types of stage the hair stylists benefit shows, in addition to nationally is through the television, & movie distribution of the DVD’s. productions. Hair Wars is We send out thousands of currently reviewing TV and Hair Wars DVD’s to hair scripts, and developing new salons across the nation, and innovative stage and we include the concepts. I see hair stylists’ name, salons or stylists as celebrities, production names and the with major endorsement cities they are from. Every deals. We’re working with a day, people are checking couple of ‘hair agents,’ out their work, from coast- preparing these hair stars to-coast. Also, with our to be hair entertainment email network growing, we celebrities. It’s a real are constantly promoting cultural phenomenon. There the stylists’ photos on a is hair talent everywhere – daily basis. I don’t think and they love the most hair stylists realize “spotlight.
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