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World’s Youngest Barber Is An 8-Year-Old West Philly Girl With Major Moxie

By Stephanie Farr
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Neijae Draham-Henries may be just 8 years old but she refuses to let her age get in the way of her dream to one day cut Kevin Hart’s or LeBron James’ hair.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Meet Neijae Graham-Henries, an 8-year-old aspiring barber from West Philadelphia.

-Child’s play: Neijae’s favorite movie features a character with very bad hair, and intentions, Chucky.

-Why being a girl barber matters: “You can show people that you can do something that you haven’t done before,” she said. “I have a point there, right?”

At 8 years old, Neijae Graham-Henries is almost as tall as this reporter. She told me so. She also asked to cut my hair, about eight inches of it. We did not have an appointment for her to do so.

She asked me to dance The Shoot and The Floss in broad daylight on the side of MacDade Boulevard in Darby.

I failed. Spectacularly.

Then Neijae took my notebook and began asking me questions.

That was just the first ten minutes of our interview.

Neijae is the kind of confident, inquisitive, energetic kid that reminds you of what the world was like before doubt set in; the kind of kid who makes you believe in yourself, and her, without question.

There’s only one time when she quiets down, when the questions stop and she becomes fully focused. It’s when she’s cutting hair.

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