WHO EVER thought TV shows could be centred around the cutting of hair?
It is one of those mundane things we do simply to remain presentable. Yet someone picked up that there is so much that happens in barbershops/salons they decided to commercialise it. So we had movies like The Barbershop which has morphed into many sequels. There are also countless sitcoms that have bitten into the salon setting for their storylines.
The biggest pay-off, however, has to be the reality TV version of the same subject. The most talked about being Cutting It in the ATL which shows you how the hair business is run. We follow a few hair salon owners as they show us how they run Atlanta’s hair game. They might be in the same business, but they are not friends, so this programme is focused on showing us how hard they fight to make their businesses successful.
Those featured include Maja, Mushiya, Beautii, Dedra and LeKenya. Maja and Mushiya are tight and make a good partnership in the quest to conquer the hair industry. Beautii has been in the Atlanta hair game for a while and is the one with the most to lose if she does lose to the competition. She is cunning and smart – and in most cases it is her experience that has managed to get her this far.
Then there is LaKenya, an employee at one of the salons whom they call “the weave expert” who is good at her job, but she doesn’t own a place of her own. She then makes friends with the right people, who include her employers.
Naturally, a situation with a group of opinionated women in one room, or setting, is bound to boil over at some point. That’s what you will get from Cutting It in the ATL. You just hope that you are not sitting down getting your hair done when the squabbles begin because that could mess up what you had in mind for a hairdo. On the up side, if you take away the noise, the arguments and the physical confrontations, the programme aims to show you hard-working women who are doing things for themselves.
While America is a developed country and has lower unemployment levels than most nations, it remains one of those places with jobless people. So when someone succeeds off their own steam, it is commendable. It is just that that success does not come without drama and that’s where reality TV cashes in. If you like the outspoken NeNe Leakes, then think of her times five people all at each others’ throats. That’s Cutting It in the ATL.