A minimize above the remainder: Lowell junior part-times as an on-campus barber


By Elyse Foreman


Most college students arrive at college lugging textbooks, however one Lowell junior comes outfitted with hair clippers.

Colin Sommerfield is a barber-in-training, and Lowell’s campus is his barbershop.

Firstly of this college yr, Sommerfield started providing free haircuts to different college students, utilizing his time at college to pursue his ardour. With common purchasers filling his free blocks, Sommerfield has develop into a recognizable determine on campus. His signature, classic-styled cuts could be seen throughout Lowell’s pupil physique.

“These individuals come as much as me they usually’re like, ‘You’re Colin Cuts, that man who provides haircuts!’”

Sommerfield’s curiosity in changing into a barber began together with his personal hair. Over the summer time of 2017, he felt that his standard haircut not suited him. He disliked the fashionable, pale fashion that his barber gave him, so he started trying to find an alternate look. “I began doing numerous analysis on haircuts and hair generally and I’d be like ‘Aw, ****, I would like this haircut!’” he stated. On-line, he discovered basic kinds that he wished to see on himself.

Sommerfield’s curiosity in hair grew to become a want to carry out haircuts on different teenagers. Gifted with a hair device package for his 17th birthday, he started instruction below a household buddy who owns Ingleside Barber Store off of Ocean Avenue. He took ideas and watched professionals at work, then crammed the gaps in his data utilizing the web.

Sommerfield makes use of hair clippers for his cuts. A nonetheless picture from the above video

To start reducing hair, Sommerfield wanted prepared individuals in addition to a location. When looking for these key components, he seemed no additional than to Lowell itself. “Final yr, I noticed individuals reducing hair within the [boy’s] locker room,” he stated. “I used to be like ‘What’s going on?’” Again in his sophomore yr, he was shocked to see others establishing Lowell’s campus as a pseudo-barbershop. He has not seen these college students since, however he remembered them and used the boy’s locker room because the stage for his first minimize. Earlier than upgrading to his present cordless clipper, Sommerfield was restricted to the locker room and courtyard tables throughout the distance of an influence outlet.

Geared up together with his enthusiasm and a hair clipper that he now describes as “whole trash,” Sommerfield tracked down his take a look at topics. His first purchasers have been his mates, who hesitantly agreed to let him apply on them. “It undoubtedly took numerous persuading,” Sommerfield stated. “I took numerous ‘no’s.”

Sommerfield’s first consumer wanted a bit greater than fundamental persuasion to conform to the experiment. When convincing a peer to be his guinea pig, the reality couldn’t minimize it. “I informed [my friend] that I’d given haircuts earlier than,” he stated. “I’d by no means touched anybody’s hair earlier than.” This untruth gave the buddy sufficient confidence to permit Sommerfield to place his bravado to the take a look at. Forty minutes later, the product of his labor was a testomony to Sommerfield’s efforts.

Junior Elijah Black, a very long time buddy of Sommerfield’s, was his second topic, however his confidence was tough to achieve. Black initially jokingly accepted an provided haircut, however didn’t take his peer critically and shortly backed out. Ultimately, the fixed badgering wore down on Black. “He satisfied me,” Black stated. “He was like, ‘Elijah, I wish to provide you with a haircut.’ And I used to be like, ‘No.’ After which he type of saved pushing it and I finally figured, ‘What the hell.’” Black is now an nearly devoted common. “I cheated on him as soon as,” he stated, documenting a latest however uncommon occasion of changing Sommerfield with a SuperCuts salon.


One other considered one of Sommerfield’s early purchasers is junior Nico Staudt, who was prepared to let his buddy use his hair for train. “The primary time, I used to be fairly skeptical and I solely agreed as a result of I had a SuperCuts appointment proper after,” Staudt stated. With this buffer in place, he took a leap of religion and ended up canceling his plans for a clean-up minimize. For Staudt, now a returning buyer, the in-school trims coincide with lunch. He and his mates have a tendency to hold round, eat, and hearken to music with the hair clipper buzzing alongside.

Though he protests the title, Sommerfield’s courtyard cuts have made him considerably of a minor movie star at Lowell. “These individuals come as much as me they usually’re like, ‘You’re Colin Cuts, that man who provides haircuts!’” Sommerfield stated. “And I really don’t know who they’re and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’” He usually provides haircuts to strangers who acknowledge him from his Instagram web page the place he posts earlier than and after footage and movies of his work. His haircuts every so often have attracted audiences, as soon as drawing a crowd of 20–30 underclassmen. In consequence phrase of mouth retains him busy with new heads to shear and unfamiliar schoolmates to meet.

His haircuts every so often have attracted audiences, as soon as drawing a crowd of 20–30 underclassmen.

Sommerfield’s interest has been observed by friends and employees alike however collects contrasting responses. Directors are much less enamored of the scholar barber, however he has developed a mutual settlement with a number of employees members permitting him to proceed his work on campus. PE academics grant him entry to the boy’s locker room below the situation that Sommerfield cleans up. He additionally works with the identical phrases within the courtyard, the place guards will give him a tough time if he doesn’t go away the flooring spotless.

Sommerfield has a stacked schedule between lessons and hair appointments that he schedules on-line and in-person. “I’m booked,” he stated. As of late, he finds himself refusing potential purchasers. He credit the standard and comfort of his at-school haircuts for filling his appointments. He presently performs a mean of 5 haircuts every week, that are all finished throughout his off blocks and after college. Now specializing in routine trims for his long-time mates in addition to common clients, he accepts minimal requests from unfamiliar college students. His success has allowed him to connect a price ticket to his efforts. As of Jan. 18 of this yr, he expenses 5 {dollars} for a minimize.

For Sommerfield, time is a sought-after commodity. Though added apply and higher clippers have made him extra environment friendly, he nonetheless wants between 20 to 40 minutes to finish a minimize. Whereas he’s pleased with all of his work, Sommerfield believes that his efficiency is best when allotted extra minutes. At his home over winter break, the barber took benefit of his free schedule. Given free reign over his buddy’s hair and time, Sommerfield took over an hour to finish his masterpiece. “It was actually essentially the most good haircut I may presumably give as a result of I may simply maintain going over [the hair], you already know what I imply?” he stated. “It was my greatest haircut ever.”

Sommerfield began coaching to be a barber final summer time. A nonetheless picture from the above video

Sommerfield plans to dedicate extra of his future in training to barbering. After an ordinary 4 years of school, he desires to attend a two-year barber school the place he’ll study every part from dying and styling hair to the scientific and medical elements of the job.

“The actual dream is ultimately to personal my very own barbershop, go to work, minimize individuals’s hair, go to the health club, and are available house to a stunning spouse and three children,” he stated.

A minimize above the remainder: Lowell junior part-times as an on-campus barber was initially printed in The Lowell on Medium, the place persons are persevering with the dialog by highlighting and responding to this story.

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