Detroit teen caught giving haircuts at college, catches eye of city’s top barber
New career blooms for teenagers who were once caught cutting their hair in the school toilet
Cameron caught the barber virus this summer. Motivated to cut his younger cousins ’hair, save some money by cutting his own, and earn a little bit by cutting his friends’ hair.
DETROIT (FOX 2) – Even the tallest among us come from humble beginnings – and that could well be the case for 16-year-old Cameron Tucker.
Cameron was banned for a day for playing bathroom hairdressing at Renaissance High School in Detroit.
“I want to say wrong time, wrong place,” he said.
Cameron caught the barber virus this summer. He was motivated to cut his younger cousins ’hair, save some money by cutting his own, and earn a little bit by cutting his friends’ hair.
He reached out to teach his uncle Tuck the basics of the fade.
He said his exact words: ‘I’ll show you one day. I’m not going to show you again, ‘”Cameron said.” And I was like,’ Okay. ‘”
Cameron picked it up and didn’t look back. He started posting before and after pictures of his cousins haircuts on social media and then started serving his soccer teammates.
Fast forward to last Thursday when he cut a classmate’s hair in the bathroom in the study room.
“In the middle of that, Teacher came in, stared at us for about 45 seconds, and then went back out,” he said.
Cameron’s mother, Cassandra, got a call shortly afterwards.
The message: “We need someone to pick Cameron up, he runs a hair salon from the bathroom on the third floor. There are snakes in it, hair all over the floor. He has his whole setup in there like in the movie ‘Barbershop.'”
“As we went to the office and everything, all the administrators said, ‘I respect the rush and things,'” said Cameron.
And you are certainly not alone.
“You have become so good at your craft in such a short time,” said Sebastian Jackson.
FOX 2 put Cam in touch with Jackson, the owner of The Social Club Grooming Co. Like Cameron, he learned to cut hair when he was 15.
Today he’s one of the best hairdressers in town with a clientele that includes Jalen Rose, Big Sean, R&B artist Dwele, and former Lions running backs Joique Bell and Reggie Bush.
“I’m telling you man, just because of the hustle and bustle, if you’re interested in training with one of our estheticians or myself, this is definitely an opportunity,” said Jackson.
Sebastian offered Cameron a helping hand and lots of pointers. Cameron, in turn, was a sponge.
“It was an honor to meet him,” he said. “It was definitely a learning experience to learn where he came from and how to get to where he is now.
It’s a place Cameron hopes to be one day. So he’ll keep cutting hair, improving his craft, sharpening his blade – and just not at school.
“But learned a lesson,” he said.
Cameron will be back at school on Monday – but without his clipper.
The Detroit Public School Community District has a program for children to get their cosmetics or hairdressing license.