Norris Womack of Houston remembered as a trailblazer in the hairstyling industry


Womack died earlier this month at the age of 78.

Loved ones and former employees, some of whom worked for Womack as far back as 45 years ago, gathered to honor his life at his salon -- Norris of Houston near The Galleria.

Friends say Womack opened a small barber shop in 1959 and turned it into a modern salon.

He was a trailblazer in the industry, doing many things for the first time, including salons for both men and women, and using a blow dryer. Friends recalled times in the 1970s when there was wait list just to get in the door.

According to the salon's website, Womack was once in the Guinness Book of World Records in the 70s as the largest barber shop in the world.

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