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Do People Who Cut Hair Really Care?

While words like quarantine, social distancing, and face masks have become part of the daily vocabulary of many Americans, one classic staple has stayed true. The art of the haircut is one that has been limited and even stopped during the time of COVID-19 but has grounded people by reminding them about how life used […]

While words like quarantine, social distancing, and face masks have become part of the daily vocabulary of many Americans, one classic staple has stayed true. The art of the haircut is one that has been limited and even stopped during the time of COVID-19 but has grounded people by reminding them about how life used to be.

First, I decided to take an inside look on how our local barber shops have been affected. To do this. I went down the not so busy streets of midtown to a place called Anthony’s Barber Shop for my very own fresh cut.

I have been going to the same barber for three years now. His name is Josh Knechter but all the guys call him “Beans.” First thing that you’ll notice about him is his big orange beard that unfortunately had to be cut down in order to accommodate his face mask. This is just another addition to the list of inconveniences brought about by the virus.

When I entered the shop, the only thing that seemed different was the fact that there was no lounge area to sit in while waiting to be called. Instead, customers had to wait outside. I was excited to be back in the shop to finally get my haircut after a long couple months. Beans seemed to match my same energy as he welcomed me at the door with what I suspected to be a smile hidden behind his face mask.

Beans working his magic while maintaining complete concentration.

“Hey buddy!” he said, as he always does, and showed me to my chair.

The process seemed normal, but Beans tells me that they had to stop trimming peoples beards. This hurts the business because they lose all of their bearded clients who are now going to barbershops that are breaking protocol and trimming them anyways.

Beans says that he is grateful to be “able to work and make a little bit of money” and would rather “not be greedy.”

Beans and his coworkers are all prideful barbers who do not want to risk the heath and safety of their customers by disobeying government enforced codes. After my haircut was done, I left feeling completely satisfied and a little more comfortable in this uncomfortable time.

“There are positives to everything” and that he has used this time for “self reflection.”

Like many members of the Christian Brothers community, gratitude is a lesson we have all learned to instill in our daily lives. While the pandemic has challenged all of us, it is uplifting to see members of our local community open their doors to give a good old fashion haircut.

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