A Chicago Back-To-School Ritual: Haircuts And Braids

Back to School Haircuts
Da'Nasia Lewis, 11, was one of the first in line for free back-to-school braids. “I feel beautiful!” she said. She’s in the sixth grade at Washington Elementary in Riverdale, Illinois. John Fecile / WBEZ
Back to School Haircuts
Da'Nasia Lewis, 11, was one of the first in line for free back-to-school braids. “I feel beautiful!” she said. She’s in the sixth grade at Washington Elementary in Riverdale, Illinois. John Fecile / WBEZ

A Chicago Back-To-School Ritual: Haircuts And Braids

As Chicago’s first day of school approached, many families spent this weekend making last-minute preparations like ironing uniforms and fitting school supplies into backpacks. A good number of kids also participated in a yearly ritual: the back-to-school haircut. WBEZ checked in on two South Side locations this weekend. First stop, for the boys, a busy Woodlawn barbershop, where kids took up every last seat in the waiting area.

And then, for the girls — free braids

People heard in the audio above include: Barber Reginald Wraggs of Premier Cuts Barbershop, Tremaine Holmes, Sandra Johnson, Jasmine “JanahMonae” Johnson, Jemiah Frye, Anaya Young, Atiyana Williams and Itina Johnson. 

Linda Lutton writes about education and schools for WBEZ. Follow her @WBEZeducation.