Thereâ€™s a buzz outside of South Hall, and itâ€™s coming from Andrew Cableâ€™s hair clippers.
Cable, a senior biology major, has been providing haircuts to friends on campus for about a year and a half. This year, he is typically open for business on Friday afternoons, when he cuts hair to relax after a week of studying and working two jobs.
â€œI normally do Friday afternoons. Iâ€™m working in admissions 10 hours a week, Iâ€™m an RA and I work for the Spurs too, so Iâ€™m pretty busy. I do Friday afternoons to calm down, to relax. I get out of class at 1:30 p.m. and I cut maybe from 3 to 5 p.m.,â€ Cable said.
Daniel Dahlinger, junior and regular customer at Cableâ€™s Clippers, appreciates the bonding time with Cable and other friends.
â€œHonestly, itâ€™s pretty fun. Sometimes itâ€™s just me, but also weâ€™ll get a group of guys to come over, and itâ€™s kind of like a family affair. We all hang out together,â€ Dahlinger said.
â€œItâ€™s really fun to just hang out. I just thrown on some music and then we talk. I try to get the barbershop talk going, you know, just talk about random things. Itâ€™s really relaxing,â€ Cable said.
Cable was inspired to learn how to cut hair when he saw a pair of clippers for sale, and initially learned through trial and error.
â€œI was at Ross and I saw a clipper set on sale for about 40 bucks, and so I thought, â€˜Oh shoot! Iâ€™ll buy it.â€™ Iâ€™m one of five boys â€” I have four brothers â€” and I so I just took my brother outside and I was like, â€˜Dude, let me cut your hair,â€™ and he was like, â€˜Okay, fine.â€™ And I messed him up really bad the first time, it was horrible,â€ Cable said.
With more experience and the help of YouTube training videos, Cable has become good enough to retain several longtime customers.
â€œI think I have seven or eight regulars. Austin Guerrero, heâ€™s from Tucson and Iâ€™m from Tucson, where we went to high school together. So, he was, beside my brothers, my first customer, so Iâ€™ve done his hair for like two years now,â€ Cable said.
Cable has only cut the hair of male friends, but he is willing to try with anyone.
â€œIâ€™ve never cut any girlsâ€™ hair. People have asked me, and I told them, â€˜Youâ€™re welcome to come by,â€™â€ Cable said.
One of the best things about Cableâ€™s Clippers is that the haircuts are free of charge, for now.
â€œI think I would start to charge if it got super busy. At some point I might need to slow down, especially once the semester really starts going,â€ Cable said.
To look into scheduling an appointment, contact Andrew Cable at email@example.com.