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.
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.
Updated: February 09, 2018 03:24 PM
Created: February 08, 2018 07:15 PM
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