By CASSANDRA SWIHART TOWER staff writer
The cultural style of the buildings on Bethany College’s campus and the local scenery make Bethany a beautiful place. Taking a nice drive down to Castleman’s is pretty nice especially when it starts to get warmer out. This nice quaint place is where Chamber’s General store has most things you would need, unless you need to get a haircut.
With Bethany being at least a 15 minute drive to town; a lot of necessities are quite a drive away. Most male students have been driving at least thirty-five minutes to Steubenville, OH just for a haircut. That is definitely a slight inconvenience for most, especially for those students that do not have vehicles on campus. So what if getting a haircut was made easier and could be done on campus? Well, it is! All thanks to Senior Drew Williams. Anyone who needs their haircut can set up an appointment and go right to his room in CV3 and get have it done for anywhere between five to fifteen bucks.
Drew is a senior captain on the Men’s Basketball Team and a fellow Communications major here at Bethany College. Drew didn’t ever plan on starting his own barber shop business, called Humble Cuts, on campus. Drew explained “I did not really know what to do with all of it, I was sitting there one summer with my girlfriend and we just kind of came up with the name. I see myself as a very humble person so it just kind of made sense to call it Humble Cuts by Drew.” Drew himself was actually making that 35 minute to Steubenville to get his haircut every 2 weeks. Drew’s older brother was that same barber, who influenced him, to decide to pick up a pair of clippers and cut his hair himself.
He picked up his first pair of clippers about 2 ½ years ago after his sophomore year of college and began practicing on his brothers. Drew had said that he just decided to go to Walmart one day and get a $20 pair of clippers and start working on cutting. He has several pairs of top of the line clippers, and has been perfecting his skill since. Drew does not just cut hair for Bethany College students, but has students from nearby schools, like West Liberty University and Wheeling Jesuit University. Drew said “I wouldn’t necessarily call it a business; other people like to call it that but for me it is just a service I like to give other people.” Drew has a very busy schedule with basketball and classes, but still makes time to provide this service for people that are needing a good haircut. He averages about 20-25 clients a week and his schedule is almost completely booked up on Thursday and Fridays.
His plans for the future are to graduate from Bethany College and get his degree and just take it step by step. After graduation he wants to get his license in barbering and then would like to start his own business then own his own barber shop. Drew has recently been contacted by big time barbers that cut hair on movie sets and for some NFL teams that have heard about Humble Cuts. They reached out to see how this young self-entrepreneur was doing with his college run business and with perfecting his skill. “It is pretty cool because one of the guys that cuts hair for the Pittsburgh Steelers had reached out to me once and he actually calls me on a pretty frequent basis now, it’s crazy,” said Drew. This future barber has his own YouTube page where you can watch full videos of him cutting hair, and the type of cut he is doing on that client. He also has an Instagram page @humblecutsbydrew where he posts pictures and videos of all of his work on clients. The page also gives the option to email or call Drew, and it also offers the link you can click to set up an appointment with him, so make sure you go check him and his talent out!