First-year student Monica Cooper left a large bald spot at the back of fellow first-year Erez Brandvain’s head during a recent hair cutting session, but she stands by her claim that anybody can be a barber.
While many students choose to have their hair cut professionally, it has become a bigger trend to skip the salon for a trip to a friend’s dorm room.
Sophomore Aaron Parach has gained a reputation for his ability to cut his peers’ hair. He recently gave friend Sam Doyle a new look. First-year student Colin Lauderdale entrusted his hair with another amateur barber, sophomore Elizabeth Yang. He said she did a good job even though it was her first haircut.
“I go for cheap and entertaining,” Lauderdale said. He used to cut his own hair, but was intrigued by the idea of having someone completely inexperienced do it for him.
Yang goes for the most convenient option when looking to get her own hair cut. Even though she goes to a salon back home, she is open to letting anyone who feels comfortable give her a trim.
Cooper sometimes refers students to first-year Woody Tauke, calling him the “basement Hoben boy haircutter”. Tauke gave first-years Jack Massion and David Burris-Deboskey mowhawks this winter, and both were satisfied with the outcome.
Massion said that Tauke appealed to him because he does not like to spend money. He also said that his haircut was “for the girls”.
Burris-Deboskey, whose mom has always cut his hair in the past, used Tauke as a free replacement as well, and said he could continue to use him for the haircuts that he needs while at school.
Sophomore Shoshana Schultz-Purves supports outside learning environments for her hair. She became a client of the Aveda Institute, a student hair salon, when her mom told her she had to pay for her own haircuts at age 15.
“It’s fun to get your hair cut from someone who’s learning because we’re learning too, and it’s cheap”, Schultz-Purves said. Although her most recent cut was not her favorite, she has learned that it will not always be perfect.
This seems to be the best attitude to take in the unpredictable and spontaneous Kalamazoo College haircutting community. “Just don’t be too upset with any bad result because your hair always grows,” Yang said.