Barbers offer haircuts and health advice

KARE 11 | Adrienne Broaddus

Twin Cities barber shops offering cuts and health talks. (Photo: Adrienne Broaddus)

MINNEAPOLIS - Conversations in the barber shop can cover a wide variety of topics. And barbers at some local Twin Cities shops want their clients to get serious about their health. There are two barbers at Brain D's Old School Barbers in north Minneapolis.

Between them, they cut the hair of nearly 100 people every week. Master Barber Brian Davis uses his platform to help improve health among African Americans.

"A lot of us don't get this information because African American males don't go to the doctor," Davis said.

Initially, the non-profit Life Source launched a campaign in 2006 to encourage black people to sign up for organ donation. It was coined Barbershop Conversations.

But what began nine years prior, has blossomed. Davis' shop is one of seven in the Twin Cities with a blood pressure kiosk. Continue reading