Jan. 29 Leah Katherine Piel, 95, of Worland
Jan. 29 Ben Horrell Talbert, 83, of Worland
Jan. 27 Paula Louis Petersen, 42, of McAllister, Texas, formerly of Worland
Kely Dawn Nelsen vs. Troy David Nelsen, decree granted Jan. 28
Colleen Borovatz vs. Jess Clem Borovatz, decree granted Jan. 28
Jan. 29 5:15 p.m. 622 Howell Ave.
Jan. 30 4:24 a.m. 103 Culbertson
Jan. 29 5:15 p.m. 622 Howell Ave.
Worland temperatures: High 33, Low 13 precipitation: 0.00
Saturday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind around 9 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Light and variable wind.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 39.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Sunset tonight: 5:15 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:27 a.m.
NEWS photo by Zach Spadt
Worland barber, Caleb DeWitt shows Matt Decker the final product of a haircut and shave. The Wyoming House of Representatives passed legislation weakening the requirements to become a barber in the state. DeWitt strongly opposes the legislation. Right, Worland barber Caleb DeWitt holds a straight razor that he uses to shave customers. A bill in the Wyoming legislature will make it easier for cosmetologists to get a barber’s license after completing straight razor training.
Lawmaker, barber have different views of protecting a tradition
By Zach Spadt
WORLAND — The Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Bill 41
which would amend requirements to obtain a license to become a barber in
the state of Wyoming.
The legislation eliminated the requirement that barbers complete 750 hours before receiving their license.
Worland barber, Caleb DeWitt is strongly opposed to the legislation, citing the tradition of barbering and the hard work that it takes to become a barber. He is also concerned that the legislation could cause his shop to lose business.
“They’re taking an American tradition from a barbershop and barbering,” he said.
He called barbers a dying breed.
State Representative Dan Kirkbride, R-Chugwater, is working the bill through the legislature on behalf of the house Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions committee. He supports the legislation for the same reasons DeWitt opposes it. The legislator is concerned that barbering is a dying profession in the state. The legislator contends that loosening the requirements to become a barber will get more people into the industry.
“It’s a bill to preserve barbering in Wyoming. So we’re making some modifications to the way board does business so we can bring in some new blood,” the legislator said.
The legislation would also open the door for a barbering college in Wyoming.
Dewitt said that people wishing to go into the industry have a clear choice of becoming a cosmetologist or barber.
“I chose to be a barber. So I think, if any cosmetologist wants to become a barber they can take the 750 hour class.
“I think they’d expect us to go through quite a bit of school to become a cosmetologist.”
Kirkbride said that the 750 hour requirement was pretty high. “Most cosmetologists may have hundreds and hundreds of more hours, but they don’t have those unique hours.
“It’s not like they’re just rookies,” the legislator said.
Dewitt said that barbers and cosmetologists go through a completely different learning process. Barbers are taught to cater their needs to a predominately male clientele whereas cosmetologists cater primarily to female clientele.
“In cosmetology school, they learn nails, skin, how to color the hair, how to do perms—women’s haircutting.
“Cosmetologists are amazing at what they do. What they do with hair is amazing, so I have respect for them just like I’m sure most cosmetologists have respect for barbers, too.
“There’s a place for a barbershop and there’s a place for a beauty shop, and I think that should be separated.”
Dewitt is also concerned that he might lose business because of the legislation. “I don’t think it will take too much business from barber shops, but it will hurt them because they (cosmetologists) can say ‘Hey, I’m a barber. I can use a straight razor now.’
“But, you know, there is a possibility. People might say, ‘Hey, we can go get our necks shaved anywhere for ten bucks. They (cosmetologists) could underbid me easily. I get a lot of people from Greybull, Ten Sleep, Thermopolis…everywhere. So now a cosmetologist in their town can claim that they’re a barber, so that takes business from you. Living in a smaller community, that’s just how it is; sometimes we rely on that money from out of town.”
Proponents of the legislation believe that the bill will help Wyoming possibly open a barber college. Kirkbride said possibly opening a barber school would help the tradition of barbering stay alive. Kirkbride listed Eastern Wyoming Community College in Torrington as a possible location. The college already has a cosmetology school.
In order to become licensed, barbers must go through 750 hours of training in which they learn various hair-cutting techniques and how to safely use a straight razor. Dewitt attended training in North Dakota for nine months.
“In barber school, they taught us to do the haircuts after book work. And then we’re on our own. They do the same in cosmetology school,” Dewitt said.
Dewitt called barbering a “guy thing.” He noted the years of tradition and atmosphere that comes with barbering and being in a barber shop. The barber also said that he enjoys the business because of the relationship he has with his customers, remembering nearly all of his customers’ names when they entered the shop.
He said that he helps people through his profession, recalling giving a haircut before a funeral. The customer could barely talk when he walked in, but the barber had him laughing by the time he left. “I’ve seen tears; I’ve seen laughter. I’ve had sad moments, happy moments. I always tell people that after barber school they should get their counseling license. Your customers become your family.”
“The barbershop is a man’s sanctuary—they trust the guy. They trust him to talk about their kids, their wives, with another guy. There’s more to being a barber than using a straight razor.”
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