MPW.68 / 2016 Dana’s Choice by Benjamin Norman
Photographer
Benjamin Norman Montclair, NJ
Team Chapnick

Story Summary

Dana Webster, 44, grew up in Cuba, Mo. but left after high school for love and a world class cosmetology education. Seven years ago, she returned to Cuba to help care for her family and started working part-time in a small, one-chair barbershop on the outskirts of town. After the shop’s owner became ill earlier this year, she took over and now serves the predominantly-elderly clientele with care and precision. Her clients’ average age is close to 80.

“I like the fact that they've been around so long. They've gained a lot of knowledge that we haven't.”

Her current clients have no idea about her education, but it doesn't matter. According to Dana, “they're just glad they get a good haircut.”