Woman celebrates 50 years of doing hair in Albany's black community

February 09, 2018 03:24 PM

ALBANY - Aroma Thompson thought her hands would be used in medicine to bring comfort as a nurse. Instead, she dispenses medicine for the soul to all who take a seat in her chair.

She's been doing hair in Albany's black community for 50 years. Actually, she started in Rensselaer styling kids in the neighborhood.

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She did it in earnest after completing beauty school in the 1950s. It was just supposed to be a way to pay for nursing school, but life happened with marriage and kids -- so she opened Hair Fashions by Roma on Clinton Avenue in Albany.

After 40 years, retirement is calling, but not just yet.

"Sometimes, when I do a new customer, they say 'You're old school. You have a comb' and I correct them immediately. I say, 'No, I'm not old school. I choose to use manual things in my work,'" explained Thompson.


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