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The beauty parlor was viewed as a setting that helped black women adjust to life by providing personal grooming services that enhanced their appearance and a setting for communication. It was concluded that beauty parlor services were similar among all social classes in the city. However, as a rule, an inverse relationship existed between social class of customers and significance of hair grooming services and communication, frequency of beauty parlor visits, disposition of customers, and informality of beauty parlor communication.

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In the Phylon journal, my article "The Black Beauty Parlor Complex in a Southern City" examines the role of the beauty parlor in the adaptation of black women, by social class, in Newport News, Virginia. In the Virginia Social Science Journal, young adult men are adamant about becoming unwed fathers.