SAN DIEGO—Barbershops were once a dying business, but students at Associated Barber College in downtown say it is coming back in a big way.
Students at the school are cashing in on the high demand. They say most days, their barber chairs are filled with customers looking for high quality haircuts at a bargain price. The work is done exclusively by students.
Walter Johnson, a student of six months says he doesn't see hair cutting business going out of style anytime soon.
"Barbering is a recession-free business," student Walter Johnson said. "People still want to get their haircut. They still want to look good -- if not for a job interview, for themselves."
Johnson said most of their customers pass up other shops to get styled at the college. San Diego resident Blair Adonis is a regular customer and keeps coming back because hair cuts are affordable at $4 each.
"They are also professional," Adonis said. "They're quickm, and it's helping the students out."
Associated Barber College has been teaching students for 70 years. It offers a nine-month program. Students must complete 750 haircuts, 20 hair curls, 40 shaves and 5 colorings in order to get licensed. After that, college officials say graduates don't have a problem getting a job.
For students like Walter Johnson, the hair cutting business is more than a job.
"Lets face it, when people look good, they feel good, and that's what we plan on doing: making them look and feel like a million bucks," he said.