Researchers in California have released the results of a study that investigated whether barbershops could be used to lower the blood pressure of Black men. The results were overwhelmingly positive, showing barbers can have a significant impact on the health outcomes of their clients.
The study looked at 319 Black men across Los Angeles County with systolic blood pressure over 140, according to CNN. Systolic blood pressure is the first number in pressure readings and is a measure of blood pressure while the heart is beating. Doctors consider 120 to be an ideal systolic blood pressure; anyone who reads above 140 is thought to have high blood pressure.