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Meet Chris Byrd of Prestigious Cuts in Westchase

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Byrd.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2010, I realized that spending my eternity making money for someone else did not seem like my intended end game. I registered and completed barber college and began working at different traditional barbershops on Houston’s west side. After working at some lower level barbershops for a few years, I came to the understanding that myself and my clients deserved a better experience, so Prestigious Cuts opened in February 2015. Now, my clients enjoy a private suite with all barber and salon amenities in a welcoming setting.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been anything but a smooth road, from homelessness as a teenager, to education obstacles, and ending with duplicitous barbershop owners, the road to Prestigious Cuts was anything but easy. I had many roadblocks against me, but I knew I had to make lemonade out of lemons. The key to success has been my perseverance. 2 years after opening, my father and my brother passed away almost exactly a year apart, this was a huge blow to my spirit, but with the love of my family and my clients, helped me work through all f the hard times by knowing that I have a support system in my clients that are like family.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Prestigious Cuts story. Tell us more about the business.
We offer a private suite barber shop for men, women and kids of all nationalities. We pride ourselves on standing out from the crowd by providing a custom experience for each client who walks through the doors. You can choose your own TV show, music and ambiance! Three months ago, we created a homemade line of beard and hair oils to stimulate and promote hair growth and healthiness that we sell at Prestigious Cuts. We are proud to be a self-made, black-owned and operated business in between Houston’s energy corridor and international district.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The barber industry will always continue to grow and thrive. Even in a depression, people will always need haircuts.

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