James Bowens has been in the barbering business for more than 23 years. He found his passion in barbering when he was younger, cutting friends and family’s hair before he had any professional education. After receiving his Barbers license, he started to work various jobs in the industry. He has managed shops in the past and while he enjoyed his work he did not enjoy being beholden to others schedules or tied to others ideology of how a barbershop should run. It was then that he started to plan for his own business one day. He built a strong clientele base and started to look into having a barbershop of his own. As James puts it “Salons by JC paved the way for me to open my first Barbershop.”
James watched as Salons by JC-Round Rock was being built and decided to see what suite concepts offered. He met with the franchisee owner before the walls to the suites were up! As he saw the progress of the building, he became more excited to make the move. This was a place he could run his barbershop the way he wanted to.
J Harold’s Barbershop opened June 4, 2014. It’s an old school meets younger clientele kind of shop. James specializes in haircuts and provides hair art to his younger clientele. He doesn’t know if he will ever make the jump to a store front and that is ok. He’s enjoying the freedom to be his own boss and run the type of barbershop he has always wanted.