Lowell junior part-times as an on-campus barber


By Elyse Foreman

Most college students arrive in school 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.

At the beginning of this college yr, Sommerfield started providing free haircuts to different college students, utilizing his time in school to pursue his ardour. With common purchasers filling his free blocks, Sommerfield has grow to be a recognizable determine on campus. His signature, classic-styled cuts will be seen throughout Lowell’s pupil physique.

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

Sommerfield’s curiosity in turning into a barber began together with his personal hair. Over the summer season of 2017, he felt that his common haircut now not suited him. He disliked the trendy, pale type that his barber gave him, so he started trying to find an alternate look. “I began doing loads of analysis on haircuts and hair generally and I might be like ‘Aw, ****, I would like this haircut!’” he mentioned. On-line, he discovered traditional 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 instrument package for his 17th birthday, he started instruction underneath a household pal 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 chopping hair, Sommerfield wanted keen contributors in addition to a location. When searching for these key elements, he regarded no additional than to Lowell itself. “Final yr, I noticed individuals chopping hair within the [boy’s] locker room,” he mentioned. “I used to be like ‘What’s going on?’” Again in his sophomore yr, he was stunned 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.

Outfitted together with his enthusiasm and a hair clipper that he now describes as “complete trash,” Sommerfield tracked down his check topics. His first purchasers had been his buddies, who hesitantly agreed to let him apply on them. “It positively took loads of persuading,” Sommerfield mentioned. “I took loads of ‘no’s.”

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

Junior Elijah Black, a very long time pal of Sommerfield’s, was his second topic, however his confidence was tough to realize. Black initially jokingly accepted an provided haircut, however didn’t take his peer critically and shortly backed out. Finally, the fixed badgering wore down on Black. “He satisfied me,” Black mentioned. “He was like, ‘Elijah, I need to offer you 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 mentioned, documenting a current however uncommon occasion of changing Sommerfield with a SuperCuts salon.


One other one in every of Sommerfield’s early purchasers is junior Nico Staudt, who was keen to let his pal 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 mentioned. 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 buddies 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 celeb at Lowell. “These individuals come as much as me and so they’re like, ‘You’re Colin Cuts, that man who provides haircuts!’” Sommerfield mentioned. “And I really don’t know who they’re and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’” He typically 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 now and then have attracted audiences, as soon as drawing a crowd of 20–30 underclassmen. Because of this phrase of mouth retains him busy with new heads to shear and unfamiliar schoolmates to satisfy.

His haircuts every now and then have attracted audiences, as soon as drawing a crowd of 20–30 underclassmen.

Sommerfield’s pastime has been seen 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 lecturers grant him entry to the boy’s locker room underneath 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 depart 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 mentioned. Lately, he finds himself refusing potential purchasers. He credit the standard and comfort of his at-school haircuts for filling his appointments. He at present performs a median of 5 haircuts every week, that are all completed throughout his off blocks and after college. Now specializing in routine trims for his long-time buddies 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 prices 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 pal’s hair and time, Sommerfield took over an hour to finish his masterpiece. “It was actually essentially the most excellent haircut I might probably give as a result of I might simply preserve going over [the hair], you already know what I imply?” he mentioned. “It was my greatest haircut ever.”

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

Sommerfield plans to dedicate extra of his future in schooling to barbering. After a normal 4 years of faculty, he desires to attend a two-year barber school the place he’ll study the whole lot from dying and styling hair to the scientific and medical facets of the job.

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

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