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Splitting Hairs | Preston Citizen

Splitting Hairs

February 27, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

In the early 1900s a guy could get a haircut and a shave for two-bits (a quarter) and feel good about it. There was a day when an electric razor wasn’t a part of every man’s toiletries. Today, things are different with a basic cost of $10. A shave may be harder to find.

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Weldon Chaney at Weldon’s Barbershop, 210 So. State, wants to be able to offer both a haircut and a shave. He knows not everyone wants a shave with a haircut. It’s all about nostalgia. The problem is, he can cut hair on the head with his credentials, but he can’t cut hair on the face, except for trimming mustaches and beards.

Weldon Chaney holds an old straight razor recently. He can trim a neck with it, but state law says he can’t use it to shave faces.

Weldon Chaney holds an old straight razor recently. He can trim a neck with it, but state law says he can’t use it to shave faces.

Customers have asked him if he could give them a haircut and a shave, but he can’t with his existing license. It takes another piece of paper for a barber to use a straight razor to shave faces in Idaho. He can shave hair on a neck with a razor, but he can’t shave the face. Not only does it take a license, it also makes his malpractice insurance go up.

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