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The Suburbanite
  • WHAT I DO: Cutting remarks: A barber talks shop

  • A Perry Township resident and graduate of Massillon Christian School, he has been cutting hair for 12 of his 36 years, after earning his license from the Akron Barber College. He met his wife, Rachel, when she started working at Perry Heights seven years ago

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  • Editor’s note: This is the first of an occasional Sunday series spotlighting Stark County residents and how they make a living.
    Part of the haircutting team at the bustling Perry Heights Barber Shop, Steve Daugherty wields both scissors and a quick wit.
    A Perry Township resident and graduate of Massillon Christian School, he has been cutting hair for 12 of his 36 years, after earning his license from the Akron Barber College. He met his wife, Rachel, when she started working at Perry Heights seven years ago.
    Here, Daugherty talks shop — barber shop, that is.
    Q. Of all available professions, how did you choose cutting hair?
    A. I’m basically a goofball and I like to entertain and make people happy. Barbering allows me to help people feel better about themselves every
    20 minutes or so.     
    Q. You have no (visible) hair on your head. Do you ever get jealous of your customers?
    A. Yes, again every 20 minutes or so. Thanks for picking that scab — my therapist
    will be excited.
    Q. Are there any hairstyles you were happy to see go out of style?
    A. Yes, this last trend where the boys were not washing or combing or anything! Yikes. Not only did we as barbers rarely see these kids but when we did we had to comb through a stinky, tangled mess. Good riddance to that “style.”
    Q. What do you do if someone comes in with an unruly head of hair and has no idea what they want?
    A. I’ll joke around with them for a bit to lighten the mood. That usually makes the customer relax a bit and helps them be more receptive to suggestion.
    Q. Is your business seasonal at all, or pretty steady year-round?
    A. We are pretty busy year-round. We have a lot of younger clientele so when college starts we notice. A large percentage of those wait until they come home to get their hair cut, however, so it works out.
    Q. What do you like best about your job? And least?
    A. I love working with the public! But I also have to
    work with the public.  
    Q. How important is being personable?
    A. Being personable in the barbering business is the difference between cutting hair for a job and cutting hair as a career. It’s that simple.
    Q. Have you ever really messed up a haircut?
    A. Ha, I’ve never!
    Q. What’s the weirdest thing anyone sitting in your chair has ever told you?
    Page 2 of 2 - A. Most you couldn’t print in the paper. But just recently a customer informed me he likes to relax on the weekends by dressing like a homeless person and hanging out with homeless people and pretending he’s homeless. Awesome. I love weird people!