Burning hair on ‘the real Beale Street’

March 23, 2007

From Boing Boing comes news of a barber in North Memphis who cuts hair with fire. Warren Lewis uses candles and even a butane torch to trim up his customers, such as the writer of the Ella Bites blog, who is pictured below undergoing this unique treatment. The shop is located at 887 Thomas St., north of St. Jude’s. The phone number is 901-521-1968.

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No word in the blog about the ventilation system in Mr. Lewis’s shop.

An article in the Memphis Flyer focuses on the neighborhood in which Mr. Lewis has his shop, describing it by saying “the strip of black-owned and black-run barbershops, hot-wings stands, juke joints, and nightclubs looks like something out of this city’s celebrated past. It’s the kind of soulful authenticity that distinguishes Memphis from other places. In fact, some locals describe Thomas as the real Beale Street.”