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Meet Marreio (Detroit the Barber) Esters

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marreio (Detroit the Barber) Esters.

Marreio, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey essentially began when I was laid off from Chrysler in Detroit back in 2006. I struggled to find steady employment after that and moved around quite a bit never getting any real traction on a new path. I eventually met my future wife in Virginia who moved us to Houston in 2010 for her own career. I still struggled in Houston to find work and after a year or so my wife said, “what can you learn to do that would allow you to control your destiny?” I said, “I could learn to cut hair” and from there she sent me to barber school and I worked at a few shops before opening my own shop. I started off just cutting hair but soon learned about non-surgical men’s hair replacement and once I added that skill to my business, things really took off.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Never smooth! It was a lot of ups and downs and late nights, long days. Working toward success required a lot of sacrifice and a ton of learning. Starting my own business was a whole new learning curve and then getting to the point of having TOO much business is a happy challenge that I’ve taken on as of late lol.

Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
I’m well known for my haircuts but my hair replacement services have really become my pathway to becoming widely known in places outside of Houston, outside of Texas and even outside of the United States. I’m proud of the brand I’ve created and the service I offer in a professional setting. Traditional barbershops usually involve a lot of waiting and very little privacy. I’ve created an environment where wait times are non-existent / minimal and you can get any service done in complete privacy. This goes a long way with people getting services done that they may be a little self-conscious about but also give my clients an opportunity to talk about whatever is going on in their lives directly to me without others listening in and interjecting.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My wife (Jenny) has been my number one supporter from day 1. She has helped me every step of the way and is now my partner, helping me with a lot of the behind the scenes business stuff. My mother-in-law and father-in-law (Sandy and John Howell) have also been huge supporters, helping me out when I first started in barber school and encouraging me all along the process. My father-in-law also serves as a model for my hair replacement services on occasion lol.

Pricing:

  • Hair replacement $250 – $800
  • Haircuts $40 and up

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