Lady barber cuts it up
By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Julie Colquitt, owner of Just Cuttin’ Up, always knew she would be a barber. The 47-year-old received her first set of tools as a pre-teen.
“When I was in the seventh grade, I asked my mother for a pair of clippers for my birthday, and she honored me,” said Colquitt. “I had never been to a barbershop, I had three brothers, and I had never seen them get their hair cut.” Colquitt says she always knew cutting hair is what she wanted to do and that it was a gift from God.
“When I opened the clippers, I knew exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it. I was supposed to cut hair,” said Colquitt.
After that, Colquitt began cutting hair inside her mother’s home.
“I think the first person I cut was Craig Neely, and from there I cut all the guys’ hair on the block,” she said.
Colquitt graduated from Virginia Ferrell in 1986.
“I did not know about Barber College and went to Virginia Ferrell. I wanted to quit half way through, but my father paid for my whole tuition, and I graduated at 20.”
When Colquitt was 22, she contacted the owner of the present building in which she operates and asked if she could take over the lease. The previous owner, Norman, gave Colquitt her first opportunity and left two years after she started. The owner contracted the building to Colquitt and the rest is history.
Colquitt began cutting hair in her current building in 1988 and has owned the business since 1990. She has a staff of three men who have worked with her for over a decade. The lady barber says she enjoys giving back to her community and seeing families grow. “I enjoy the people in the community, the conversations and the evolution of families,” Colquitt said. “Just Cuttin’ Up is a staple in this community. The people I have grown to love are still here.”
For more information about Just Cuttin’ Up, call 313.467.2395.