“I think of myself as a barber, but really I’m a healer. Every day I interact with the most diverse set of people: people of all ages, races and hair textures.”
This is an excerpt from the spoken word of Giddy Perez – barber, woman, word warrior.
Giddy, a nickname referring to her seriously upbeat nature, works at The Cut, a barber shop on West Busch Boulevard in Tampa. She is the lone woman.
“Sometimes I forget that I am the only girl in here until a customer comes and, you know, they may not be comfortable with a woman cutting their hair or something,” Perez said. “And then the guys quickly gang up on them and say, ‘If you don’t want to get a haircut with her, then you don’t need to get a haircut here.'”