En Root is the first Black owned and operated mobile barbershop in state of Oklahoma. Co-founded and operated by Licensed Professional Barber and En Root CEO, Bruce Waight Sr, and Vanessa Morrison, En Root now offers specialized event services. Learn more about how it all began.
Bruce Waight SR.
Co-Founder, CEO, Professional Barber + Hair Industry Pioneer
Bruce Waight Sr. is a father, professional barber, community advocate, and founder of En Root. 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, and sits on the Oklahoma State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
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. In 2014 they started this journey with a vision eliminating 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.
Vanessa used their vision as her graduate research project and conducted several interviews and Photovoice and mapping research with barbershop patrons to get a better understanding of where and how they access barbershop spaces. After realizing the impact a mobile barbershop could have, they moved forward with their efforts and succeeded in initiating the legalization of mobile barbershops in the state of Oklahoma with support from the Oklahoma Cosmetology and Barbering Board.
In 2015 they purchased a 1960 Airstream Landyacht and, with the support of many, were able to fund, restore, and transition their vintage trailer in to a full service, self-sustaining barbershop. They launched in July of 2017 as the first Black-owned and operated mobile barbershop in Oklahoma. Now En Root has transitioned into it's best and highest use serving at events, pop-ups, volunteering, and more.
Additionally, Bruce is the co-founder of Cut it Forward; a non-profit dedicated to providing culturally specific hair and skin care for foster and adopted youth of color and is the founder of the Hair Collaborative; a collective providing free barbering services onsite at the Homeless Alliance’s Day shelter.