Bakersfield has been through a rough patch.
It’s been hard to get haircuts, and the recession has made it hard for residents to pay for basic needs like groceries.
But that’s not stopping people from looking for ways to cut costs and save money, like the barbershop.
And they’re getting the results they were hoping for.
Barry Johnson, the owner of the Barber Shop, started a website last year called “Bars for All” to help people find barbers in their area.
He found out he had about 70 barbers and was working to find a place to hire more.
“You know, people have been looking for barbers for years, and they haven’t had a good barber in awhile,” Johnson said.
Brent Johnson and his wife are going through their own barbering crisis.
They’ve had to replace every single barber they had, so he says they have to find another way to do business.
He’s working on a Kickstarter campaign to raise $3,000 to get the barber business up and running.
The barbers have been working with the UF Health Center, which runs a program that allows people with low incomes to get free haircuts for up to eight hours.
There’s a waiting list of about 10 people for free haircut treatments.
Johnson said he wants to give people another option if they’re looking for a local barber.
“I’m just a guy who doesn’t have any other options and I’m not going to just go out and try to find someone else.
I’m going to be a local guy, and that’s what I want to do,” he said.
Johnson has had a few people stop by to talk about their experience, but most people who have tried his barbership have been excited about the experience.
At the end of his two-hour appointment, Johnson and the barbed-hair-and-nails-for-free haircuts guy are walking away with an invoice.
Johnson and the Barber shop owner have a plan to help them make a dent in their costs and get their barber job going again.
They’re asking for $1,000.
If you’d like to donate to the Barber Shops campaign, visit their website here.