Featured Barber – Mary Jean Hernandez
The B-Groomed team is thrilled and truly blessed with the addition of our newest advisory panel member, MJ Hernandez. We asked her to tell a little bit about herself so that we could share our excitement with you. All of our best to you and your team, and thank you for joining our family, MJ!
Hello, my name is Mary Jean Hernandez, but my friends call me “MJ”. I am a Valet who dresses men from head to toe. I have over 40 years of experience as a Master Tailor, and my specialty is the military uniform. I completed a Japanese apprenticeship under my mother, a Hong Kong trained Master Tailor for 27 years. We sold custom made headgear, military footwear, and had shoe repair as well as a barbershop. We were honored many times globally by our ARMY RANGERS and were their choice supplier of our custom made Ranger Patrol Cap, which became a prized & protected item by the Rangers and often was the gift of choice for our Generals to give to a foreign General when meeting for the first time.
All this business flowed through a tiny building and I learned the skills of an Industrial Engineer. On 9/11, my family’s world and business changed – forever. The main gate shut down for over 2 years. My son and I had to find something new to make our living, so we sold the family business property. I moved on to receive my Barber and Cosmetology Instructor Licenses. I went to school and taught at Rivertown School of Beauty, Barber, Skin Care, & Nails, in Columbus, GA, and I have also instructed Cosmetology and Barber Students at Southeastern Beauty Schools in Columbus. In 2008, I was a reviewer of Milady material for the current Milady Nail Tech Textbook, and the current Milady’s Standard for Cosmetology Textbook. I was an Educator for Cheryl Rosenblum, and was a member of the Hair Simulation Team.
In 2010 I partnered with Men-U USA in designing and manufacturing a safe changeable blade straight razor. At the time, there was not a razor on the open market that was a safe and functional. Together we went through almost 4 years of R&D and over 100 prototypes to create the AVA BARBERrazor. The AVA BARBERrazor is a Registered CUSTOM made product of A.V.A. Enterprises and has a Life-time Razorback Guarantee.