BYU Barbershop to stay open Mondays

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    By Alice-Anne Lewis

    Dan Thomas has been in the hair-cutting business for 41 years and has never seen a barbershop open on Mondays.

    Until today.

    “It”s a historical Monday,” said Thomas, manager of BYU Barbershop. For the first time in it”s 37-year history, the BYU Barbershop will usher in a new tradition of being open to the public on Mondays.

    “It”s always been a barbershop tradition not to open on Mondays,” Thomas said. “But we feel like we can serve students and clients better by opening on Mondays.”

    In the past, the BYU Barbershop, located on the first floor of the Wilkinson Student Center, is usually open for service from Tuesday to Saturday.

    By adding another day to their week, Thomas said he is unsure of how it will affect business.

    He said he suspects Monday will become the shop”s busiest days instead of Tuesdays.

    Amy Wesson, a barber from Spanish Fork who has been with the shop since 1995 said she thinks there will be an increase in business.

    “It”s going to be better because a lot of people forget we aren”t open on Monday,” Wesson said.

    In May of 1964, BYU leased a room in the WSC for a private owner to open up a barbershop, Thomas said.

    However in June of 2000, BYU did not renew the lease and instead officially took over the shop.

    After being a part of BYU campus for 37 years, the Barbershop has followed the trends of the day while sticking to the Honor Code.

    In 1970, when long hair was the trend for men, barbershops across the nation were going out of business. However, BYU and its dress and grooming standards helped keep the campus barbershop from going under.

    Thomas said he remembers when male students, who showed up on campus with hair that covered their ears, were barred from registering for BYU classes.

    They were immediately sent to the barbershop with a pink slip to get it cut.

    “There were a lot of unhappy students,” Thomas said.

    Since hairstyles for men have remained fairly short these days, Thomas and fellow barbers say the shop can give people what they want, especially because many clients come from the local community.

    “We give (clients) what they ask for,” Wesson said.

    Although tradition says barbershops are for males and beauty shops are for females, it proves to be changing.

    “(The barbershop) can seem intimidating sometimes to females,” Wesson said. “But the staff is equipped to work with anyone,” she said.

    Wesson has cut hair for a wide range of individuals from alumni who are in town and want a haircut to a four-month year old infant.

    “We can fit anyone in,” she said with both appointments or walk-ins accepted.

    Thomas said he believes clients chose the barbershop over other nearby styling salons for it”s convenience and prices.

    “We try to keep the prices low,” Thomas said. “We know students need as many good deals as they can get.”

    Brent Johnson, 21, a sophomore from Orem, majoring in business said he would rather get his haircut while on campus then find a place near home.

    “I just like that you can get a haircut between classes,” Johnson said.

    “Why go three blocks off campus when you can go 30 feet?” said A.J. Raymond, 22, a junior from Lakewood, Wash., majoring in chemistry.

    Wesson has worked on several movie sets including “The Testaments” and “Legacy,” but she said she still would much rather work at BYU Barbershop.

    “I love the atmosphere here, the people I work with and the interaction with the people you work on,” Wesson said.

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