On January 27, 2016 the College of Hair Design took 19 students on a tour of Barber Shops and Salons in Omaha. This was a first for the school and well received by our soon to be graduating stylists and barbers. The first stop on our tour was 18/8 in the Lakeside area of Omaha. According to their website “This isn’t your dad’s old barbershop; this is 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon” our experience didn’t disappoint, from the well dressed and finely groomed staff to the gorgeous lines of the lavish stations, this Men’s Salon was everything it claimed to be.

A short drive away we stopped at Rock Brook Village barbershop to see two of our CHD graduates Jarry D. and Roger. This is a classic four chair barbershop and a step back in time. Jarry D. told the students how he started at the shop 2 ½ years ago after graduating, and purchased the shop a year later. The barbers shared how they schedule and cut as many clients in a day as possible, and Jarry D. was quick to tell the students to find a shop with experienced barbers willing to share the craft. These three “old” barbers here will tell you “You are not a real barber until you can do a perfect flat top”.

Garbo’s in Regency center was the next stop. A finely appointed salon in Omaha, the staff was awesome and excited to share their salon. Next on our tour was Bungalow8 a beautiful salon. Eric the owner and Stephanie his manager explained the salons apprentice program and education provided for the stylists. The tour continued with a stop at Dennison Dahlman a new men’s salon open on Pacific in Omaha. The owners Nate and Chris explained how they designed the salon from a pre-prohibition model. This men’s salon has a cocktail lounge adjacent to the barber shop serving top shelf liquors.

Lunch was next on the agenda after which we went and visited our foursome of graduates at The Surly Chap a fantastic shop located close to Midtown. Our students loved the décor and feel of the shop, and our former students were very willing to share their experience. Andres Red Hot Barber Shop was the next stop. Owned by CHD graduate Andre McGraw this neighborhood barber shop was intimate and inviting, our students enjoyed talking with clients and barbers alike. We made an unscheduled stop at a new shop on Ames “All in The Cut”. Recently opened the shop is expanding to include salon services. The owner Tarysh Hogue was working on a client in his chair and was very willing to answer questions and share his experience. The final stop was Lyles Stylez and Cutz a great neighborhood barbershop on Blondo. The shop owner Arthur Lyle has taught several classes as a guest instructor and was proud to share his shop with the students. Barber students gathered and watched a barber carving hearts into one client’s hair.

All in all the entire trip was a success. Our students enjoyed seeing the many different shops and services offered in and around Omaha while hearing about job opportunities and the successes of CHD graduates!

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