Sophomore Steve Pollard gets his hair cut by Union barber Doyle Irvin Jr., who is now fully licensed. The barbershop is open every other Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to noon in the Diversity and Inclusion Office on the first floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

The campus barber shop has been in the process of getting its license since it opened in February, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the licensing office fell behind on its application process. 

On Oct. 1 the campus barber shop received its license. In order to run a barbershop in Missouri, a business must get licensed through Missouri State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. The cost of the license was a $100 application fee.

On top of the fee, the room was modified to follow rules set in place by the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. Some of the rules required major modifications to the room, including adding a sink and covering all of the carpet.

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Brittany Morgan-Roberts said that this is a needed service.  

“I have been here since 2011, and I don't have a place here to get my hair done. Not just Black women but Black men have different kinds of hair. So, a lot of people in the community don't know how to cut ethnic hair,” Morgan-Roberts said. “We can’t force the community to take action, so we decided to take action to provide a needed service here on campus.” 

Doyle Irvin Jr. will cut hair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Sunday inside of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Haircuts cost $15, and whoever wants to get a haircut must pick a time slot on the sign-up sheet found right outside of the barbershop room on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union inside the DI office.

Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion Justin Mallett said the barbershop has seen a lot of use by both students and the surrounding community. 

“The barbershop has become useful for our underrepresented students, international students and our majority students,” Mallett said. “We have alumni who now come on campus and get their haircut, and we even have people who come from Iowa to get their haircut.”

Mallett said the barbershop also provides a convenience to students by eliminating the trip to other communities to get their haircut.

“Within the Maryville community, there were many people who would travel to St. Joe to get their haircut by the same barber, and we have eliminated the travel for them,” Mallett said. 

The barbershop has recently added a braiding service. Once a student signs up for the service, they will be contacted by the Noura Salmon. Students must provide a non-refundable deposit for half of the cost of the service on the day they make the appointment. The second half must be paid on the date of their appointment.  

Price for the hair styling varies depending on what an individual wants done. The hairstylist provides over a dozen different hairstyles and will work with any hair type.

“This has been a great service, and now that we have added the hair braiding, I feel like the impact is going to be even greater,” Mallett said. 

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