ANDREWS 1 of the only substantial faculty barbering plans in West Texas is housed at Andrews High College.

Cosmetology and Barber Instructor Mariam Morris has been at AHS for two yrs and has 43 learners. She also has taught at group faculties and salons.

Morris 1st obtained into cosmetology whilst a college student at Midland Significant School.

“… I am a major fan of receiving a trade in significant university mainly because which is why I bought my trade. … I understood I preferred to instruct. I liked my personal cosmetology teacher. I loved almost everything she was teaching us in significant faculty every thing she was symbolizing and which is how I acquired into it. When I graduated, I got my license and I commenced attempting to get all the things lined out so I (would) be ready to train …,” Morris claimed.

Andrews Superior College junior Aaron Estrada, 17, pulls hair up to insert to a roller on a model Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in barber college at Andrews Higher School. Andrews Significant University is a person of the only large faculty barbering courses in West Texas. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

Instructing substantial college college students is a large amount of operate, she acknowledged and they are as psyched as she is to be portion of the barbering software.

“… How several boys do you know who want to contact a comb blow dryer and mannequins and doll heads all day, so I’m pretty psyched they’re delighted to be listed here,” Morris mentioned.

At first, she imagined she was heading to have possibly 10 pupils interested in barbering. Then she seemed at her roster and was shocked to see how well-known it was.

“Parents commenced calling and seeing how could their little ones get in,” Morris stated.

She extra that with Andrews currently being a smaller city, there are not a lot of jobs. Morris observed that there are programs in welding and mechanics, for illustration.

“We have all of it and they’re capable to leave in this article with a career … Not everybody’s going to go to university … the program is free of charge. Every thing is totally free,” Morris mentioned.

“… If you wait around right up until immediately after higher college to acquire it it can be $5,000 to $20,000,” she included.

Andrews High University junior Jadrian Aguilera, 16, combs hair to add to a roller on a mannequin Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in barber class at Andrews Substantial Faculty. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

Learners master to shave with a straight razor, do standard haircuts, facials, manicuring and hair coloring. On a latest Thursday they had been learning how to perm hair.

She mentioned perms were extremely well-known appropriate now and they can perm each other’s hair so they don’t have to go in other places and pay a person to do it.

“I have at minimum 8 or nine learners with a perm,” Morris mentioned.

“They understand very much anything cosmetology learns. The only issue distinct is they find out how to straight shave. They perform with a straight blade,” Morris explained.

Barbering has knowledgeable a resurgence lately, but 10, 15, or nearly 20 decades in the past, you could not discover a barber shop any where, she mentioned.

“… You experienced to go and get your hair completed at a local salon or with a stylist. Now there are barbershops all over the place, on each corner …You see far more men walking close to with good clean up facial area shaves and good haircuts. And, there’s a barber store on nearly each and every other corner, so which is a superior issue. It is coming back again and a lot of folks are fascinated in having it making a large amount of dollars off of it. My college students, they can not wait to go work in a barber store. Suitable now. I’m seeking to get them on an intern foundation, speaking to people today so that they can intern with them in your barber stores,” Morris added.

Andrews Substantial College junior Nathanial Lopez, 17, watches his instructor Mariam Morris’ comb hair for rollers through barbering class Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Andrews High School. Andrews Large School is one particular of the only higher college barbering programs in West Texas. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

She included that Andrews has a lot more barber outlets currently than hair salons, so a good deal of students will be capable to intern in town.

She claimed a lot of want to open up up their very own spot and some are seeking to get a license so that they can move out of Andrews. “But a large amount of them are wanting to operate below. They have a great deal of family members and good friends below that they want to hold chopping. I’m thankful to the neighborhood mainly because since the software has been listed here, they have been extremely faithful to occur in here, letting the learners get the job done on them … sending little ones in right here to get haircuts. The students have been magnificent. I have a student in right here every other interval to get a haircut from the college students …,” Morris explained.

A simple haircut with the barbers is $7. If you are a college student in higher university, it is free. A shave is $3, so for a shave and a haircut, it is $10.

“Most of your barber retailers are charging $30, $40,” she claimed.

Morris was in cosmetology initially, but had to go to barber school to receive a barber license in advance of opening the barbering program at AHS. It took almost eight months to finish barber school.

“But it was pretty (academic) to go back again and get new education,” and refresh herself on matters she may possibly have neglected about, Morris reported.

“It’s a distinctive component. … I had to check with myself, will I be able to educate a classroom complete of boys? But it’s working out. …,” Morris claimed.

Born and raised in Midland, Morris drives again and forth to Andrews every day.

Andrews Substantial School junior Brian Martinez, 16, preps his model for a perm Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in barber course at Andrews Higher Faculty. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

Aaron Estrada and Gehrig Morris, both equally 17-year-previous juniors, Noah Aranda, and Jadrian Aguilera, both of those 16-year-previous juniors, find themselves enthralled with the vocation.

“I constantly wanted to attempt anything new and enjoyable and I normally required to minimize hair, so I was actually intrigued in performing this,” Estrada mentioned.

Estrada claimed the study course has been what he predicted.

“… Everything’s fairly entertaining below, whatsoever you do, so there is just not genuinely a point that is a preferred. It’s just matters that you get pleasure from accomplishing,” Estrada explained.

He also is taking into consideration sporting activities or business, but he will cut hair if things carry on likely perfectly.

“… It would be a genuinely superior start out to make additional revenue as a backup prepare, or just a program to progress soon after university,” Estrada stated.

He is in observe, soccer and baseball. He performs corner and running again for soccer and centerfield for baseball.

“It’s a really pleasant plan. Every person is aware all people, so we’re like all household. We’re just actually near and have that bond. … You can genuinely ask them for anything at all and they’ll always be there for you,” Estrada said.

Andrews Large College junior Jonathan Ordonez, 16, applies rollers to the hair of a mannequin Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in barber class at Andrews Higher School. Andrews Significant Faculty is 1 of the only higher school barbering packages in West Texas. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

He extra that he would like to thank the teaching team.

“… They’re really pleasant and respectful to other folks and welcoming to a ton of folks. And I’m just quite blessed to have our school that has barbering … simply because other schools do not have that, so we just get benefit of it so we can have our instruction and discover from what we’re accomplishing,” Estrada additional.

Morris claimed he bought fascinated in barbering mainly because 1 of his pals started off chopping hair a couple of yrs in the past.

“… Then I observed it on a single of our agenda selections. So I went ahead and picked it and it turned out to be a excellent expertise,” Morris explained.

The link with other persons is what he has relished most so significantly.

“I get to come in here with these young guys every single working day and the enjoy you sense from everybody in right here is remarkable,” he explained.

Morris stated this was not anything he imagined executing even two many years back, so it is unforeseen that he’s having fun with it.

He did not know what to assume from the training course at to start with.

“… We’re in here for a few class durations, so it is possibly going to be a whole lot of enjoyment, or it is likely to be torture, but it is turned out to be terrific,” Morris explained.

Andrews Higher Faculty junior Christian Zubia, 16, applies rollers to the hair of a model Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in barber class at Andrews Substantial School. Andrews Large School is a single of the only large school barbering applications in West Texas. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

The first time he lower someone’s hair, he said, it was nerve racking. Individuals make it seem straightforward, but when you start attempting to do it on your own it’s a significant awakening to uncover out how tricky it really is, he explained.

The program, Morris mentioned, is remarkable.

“We get to come in in this article and understand a thing that not a lot of persons get available at other schools, so I assume it’s a wonderful thing to present,” Morris claimed.

As a result of the system, Morris claimed he has achieved men and women that he experienced noticed close to faculty, but under no circumstances imagined he would turn into friends with.

“But I’ve designed a good bond with a large amount of persons I would have by no means thought I’d come to be pals with,” Morris said.

He additional that he would like to work in a barber store right after he finishes school someplace, or even commence his have.

Morris included that this is a good system, and if you get a prospect to just take it and you imagine you’ll appreciate it, go ahead and choose it.

Aranda stated he has a pal who will work at a barber shop in Odessa who inspired him to get the study course.

“Everything we do is quite great,” Aranda explained.

He mentioned perms are his preferred matter so far.

“I like performing tricky stuff and difficult stuff. Perms are fairly tough,” Aranda claimed.

Aguilera reported he likes the artwork of barbering, “Like being aware of that you can make almost nothing into some thing.”

He included that it is awesome to have the method at Andrews because it can educate students a vocation.

“Students can know that there is diverse possibilities of what they can do,” Aguilera stated.

He included that he enjoys every little thing — perming hair cutting hair applying shears. When he started off, he stored snapping the area among his fingers, which was “terrible.”

“I acquired from my faults, so you do it considerably less typically,” Aguilera explained.

He extra that Mariam Morris is a fantastic instructor.

“I genuinely recognize her,” Aguilera reported.

Barbering is some thing he explained he desires to pursue.

“It’s an art,” he reported. He additional that you have to be dedicated and focused.

Aguilera extra that skills figured out in the barbering class are valuable, it is a great supply of earnings and one thing persons require to “look presentable.”