the school to become a profit machine.
The $5 charge hasn’t changed since 1992.
“I’m in business to make a living, not to
make millions,” she says. “This is the
Between customers, students seize
the time to study. The textbook used at
the Wheaton school, Milady’s Standard
Professional Barbering, is used at barber
schools nationwide. The curriculum the
students must master is intense: chem-
istry, cell and tissue structure, scalp
massage and more.
Shaver says she often needs to show
her students some tough love to inspire
them to crack the books. “They think all
they’re going to do is cut hair,” she says.
“They just hate to study. I say, ‘Come on,
let’s go in the classroom.’ They say they
want to eat lunch. I say, ‘No you’re not.’
They just don’t like the classroom.”
She also uses her no-nonsense
demeanor to motivate students who
need a nudge, such as a 65-year-old
retired airline pilot who returned to
school to get his barber’s license. When
he admitted to Shaver that he was ner-
vous, she fired back: “You can land a 747
at Shannon Airport, and you can cut
hair, for God’s sake!”
Grabbing a breather in the break
room, student Kevin Nguyen, 21, of
Silver Spring, says that although his
father was a barber for decades, he didn’t
feel the urge to follow in his footsteps.
But then, during a stint in college, “one
of my classmates inspired me to become
a barber.” Nguyen says he discovered
that “it’s more than cutting hair. It’s an
art and a craft. You get to build a bond
with your clients.”
Along with saving money, customer
Cody Therrien, 40, a high-school English
teacher from Olney, says the personal
bond he feels with the student barbers
keeps him and his family coming back.
“I also feel like I am doing something to
help a person advance in their career,” he
says. “And a lot of the staff remembers
both me and my sons.”
Shaver believes the personal con-
nection is a major reason why the shop
remains so popular. “I think a good hair-
cut can perk somebody up who is down
and depressed,” she says. “It puts pep in
their step.” n
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