En Root is the Oklahoma’s first legally licensed mobile barbershop. Inspired by the co-founders love of community, En Root is on a mission to help make barbering services more accessible. Learn more
Bruce Waight SR.
Founder, Visionary, Hair Professional Pioneer
Bruce Waight Sr. is a father, professional barber, community advocate, and visionary originally from San Antonio, TX and currently residing in Oklahoma City, OK.
After graduating from barber college in 2011 Bruce received his professional barbering license from the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. Bruce has over 9 years of experience as a professional barber specializing in classic barbering services for all hair types.
In 2014, Bruce, along with co-founder Vanessa Morrison; a non-profit professional and graduate from the OU College of Architecture's Regional and City Planning Graduate Program, wanted to change how people experience and access the barbershop space and culture. They began their journey with a vision of eliminating obstacles and barriers, such as: lack of transportation, foster youth living in shelter settings, mobility limitations, and more that make it difficult for some people to get to the barbershop.
In 2015 they purchased a 1960 Airstream Landyacht and, with the support of many, were able to fund, restore, and transition their vintage trailer into Oklahoma's first full service, self-sustaining barbershop. Bruce was also integral in getting legislation passed to help make mobile barbershops legal in the state of Oklahoma and launched in July of 2017. Bruce was then appointed by the Governor's office to serve on the Oklahoma Barber and Cosmetology Board and currently sits as the Barber representative and the Legislative Liaison.
In 2017 Bruce expanded his entrepreneurial career and opened up his first storefront barbershop, Rooted Barber + Shop, with a mission of providing an inclusive barbershop and community space for OKC residents. Rooted hosts Oklahoma's first Artist in Residency Barbershop program, hosts a myriad of community events, and more.
Additionally, Bruce is the co-founder of Cut it Forward; a non-profit dedicated to providing culturally specific hair and skin care resources for foster and adopted youth of color, and their caregivers. He is also the founder of the Hair Collaborative; a project he is launching to provide a full-service barbershop and a collective of volunteers providing free hair services at the Homeless Alliance’s Day shelter.