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Hizzoner’s hair: Kasim Reed’s barber has been there from Afro to Caesar

Before he headed to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center to begin his second term Monday, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed paid an early morning visit to Rick’s Barber & Beauty to get his ears adjusted. Owner Rick Walker doesn’t normally work on Mondays but he opened up his shop on Campbellton Road and Ben Hill early to accommodate one of his oldest customers. It’s become a tradition, after all. Four years ago, Reed paid Walker a visit before taking the oath of office to become Atlanta’s 59th mayor. “We joked that it was an election-winning haircut,” recalls Walker. But four years ago, Reed didn’t have a Facebook page with 26,476 followers. After Reed posted about his cut Monday, Walker’s quiet day off quickly became a memory.

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