New Image Barbers/Stylist is one of the premier barbering and stylist services in Blacksburg, VA. Established in 1974 by owner Charles A. Johnson, New Image Barbers/Stylist has been serving the New River Valley for over 40 years. We specialize in traditional and contemporary haircuts, shaves and styles for men, women, and children.
We maintain a friendly, fair, multicultural and creative work environment, while providing a world-class experience accessible to each and everyone. Each customer gets the individual attention and professional results that they desire and deserve!
About The Owner
Charles A. Johnson was born in Blacksburg, Virginia eighty-two years ago. He graduated at top of his barbering class from Christiansburg Institute in 1952 – the regions only secondary and vocational school for African Americans, until desegregation in 1966. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army drafted Mr. Johnson into the Korean War. Charles spent time in Korea and Japan as a Military Policeman. It was there where he honed his skills as a barber, learning how to cut and style a variety of different types of hair. Mr. Johnson was discharged from the desegregated military world in 1955 and returned to Blacksburg where Jim Crow was still very present.
Back in Blacksburg, VA there few businesses that would open their doors to African Americans. Charles saw a need and decided lug his barber equipment around, going from house to house in black neighborhoods, cutting hair in the living rooms and kitchens of his clients.
When Johnson started work in the Tech Barbershop on Virginia Tech’s campus in 1956, he was not able to serve African American students until after closing time at 6pm. Frustrated with his work situation, Mr. Johnson decided that had to change, in 1962, he began giving haircuts to African American students during his normal working hours, alongside their white counterparts. Mr. Johnson’s supervisor overlooked Charles’ defiance. Charles Johnson was responsible for integrating the Tech Barbershop, only years before desegregation became the law of the land.
Charles Johnson left Virginia Tech in 1973 to open his own shop. He opened Town and Campus Barber Shop on January 3, 1974, and three years later changed the name to New Image. For years, New Image operated on Main Street and in 2000 moved to Collegiate Square Shopping Center, Which ironically is located where the once black community of “New Town” was located. New Image Barbers/Stylist celebrated its 41st year of service to the New River Valley on January 2, 2015. And over 58 years of service to the Virginia Tech Corp Cadets. New Image is a place where you can laugh, talk and be yourself; it is a place for people from all walks of life.