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PARENTS, CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL HAIRCUTS AT TULSA TECH

​Dozens of kids are returning to class with fresh hairdos and boosted confidence this month thanks to a free back-to-school cut-off hosted by the Tulsa Technology Center.
 
The barber and cosmetology program at Tulsa Tech — Peoria Campus, 3850 N. Peoria Ave., opened its salon to the community Sunday afternoon, providing free haircuts for children ranging from preschoolers to high school seniors. Nine barbers — six professional barbers and three Tulsa Tech barber students — completed 54 hairdos in a four-hour period, campus Director Randy Craven said.
 
“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community, to provide a much-needed service to give students a fresh haircut as they get ready to go back to school,” Craven said.
 
Carolyn Tarrier brought her 8-year-old son, Shermichael, to the event in preparation for starting school this week. She also brought her 17-month-old daughter, Ariana.
 
With all the stress that comes with getting a child prepared for the school year Tarrier said free haircuts are a blessing. It’s something she doesn’t have to worry about.
 
“As a single parent, trying to deal with uniforms and supplies and fees, this is one less bill I have to add,” she said.
 
In addition to helping out busy parents, the cut-off also offered good practice for the barber and cosmetology students at Tulsa Tech.
 
First-year barber student Kyle Winner hasn’t had a lot of public experience with cutting hair, though he’s already received extensive training. He said he appreciated the opportunity that came with Sunday’s event.
 
“I just wanted to learn more and get more practice,” Winner said. “This is a great opportunity to see all kinds of different hairstyles.”
 
The most popular style of the day appeared to be the Mohawk, according to master barber instructor Chuck Jones.
 
“It seems like every kid that walks in here wants a Mohawk,” Jones said.
 
Confidence is a big issue with students, he said, and returning to class with a stylish haircut can help raise that confidence.
 
Tulsa Tech has been involved with the annual cut-off for about five years, but this is the first year the school has sponsored the event, Jones said.

Posted by Tulsa World
08/10/2015
by KYLE HINCHEY