SWATT and the Student Advisory Council along with the Honor team now offer the opportunity to get a free haircut. To schedule with the Give and Take, students need to set an appointment on their Facebook. The Farmers Market will also offer free haircuts in the future. Barbers and hair stylists shared how they enjoyed serving students with their talent and passion
From major haircuts, minor trims, fixing bangs, to hair curling, finding a good and decently priced hair stylist is a struggle for some students like Shuang Zhang. Zhang, a senior from China majoring in social work, said she loves her hair short, but it is not easy to maintain.
Zhang shared how she had been looking for a place to cut her hair for a while, but to her concern, there were no cheap places to get a haircut around Laie. Zhang commented regarding students offering haircut services, “I either don’t trust them, or I don’t feel [the price is] worthy of their charge.”
This issue is not new to Sieg Coronel, a senior from the Philippines majoring in business management and now serving as the student manager for the SAC team. His team, together with the BYU－Hawaii Honor team, conceptualized the free hairstyling event and organized everything from finding volunteers, to spreading the invitation through word of mouth, and social media.
Coronel reported that the first two events on Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 were received well and they got requests from students asking to do it on a weekly basis. Coronel explained, “Realistically, we can’t do it every week, but we definitely plan to do it again. We just need to check our resources and manpower first.”
The volunteers shared how they also enjoyed the opportunity to serve. Precious Donato, a freshman from the Philippines majoring in biology, said hairstyling is one of her hobbies, and she enjoys pampering herself and doing it for others as well.
When Donato found out about the opportunity to serve as a SAC volunteer, and hairstyling is one of the activities they were going to do for the semester, she did not hesitate to sign up. Donato did the hair curling for several women.
Other volunteer hairstylists were Sister Melville, a senior missionary who works at the Sewing Center, Angala, the owner of the Nice Barber, and Juna Magno, an employee of the SWATT.
Sister Lebrona Melville, from Utah, graduated from Hollywood Beauty College in Provo. She is a licensed beautician and she said she has worked as a beautician for her whole life. She shared how she is willing to volunteer again for the Farmers Market haircut service if the SAC team asks again.
Angala, a senior from the Philippines majoring in hospitality and tourism management, said he learned to cut hair on his own while on his mission. “I’ve practiced my haircutting skills with elders and my family members. I’ve watched many YouTube videos about how to do different types of hairstyles. I’ve also given a lot of free haircuts to my friends since I came here.”
Angala said he is willing to volunteer again if the SAC team asks him. He said it was a great idea to help students to be in school’s dress and grooming standards.
Juna Magno, a senior from the Philippines majoring in marketing, was another one of the volunteer barbers of the event. She attended a hairstyling training sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. She mostly cuts female hair.
“I am not super professional,” said Magno, “But I like to cut hair and I’m still practicing my skills. I always cut my family members’ hair, and since I came here, I cut many sisters’ hair for free. It is important to have nice hair that matches one’s face shape. I would be willing to serve again.”
Charlene Lee, a freshman from the Philippines majoring in elementary education, is the director of the SAC Honor team, which promotes the Honor Code to students. She led her team to organize the two events. “Haircutting service is so expensive here, and it is hard for [everyone] to maintain their hair in standards, so we decided to do this activity.”
John Kenneth Asetre, a freshman from the Philippines majoring in accounting, got a haircut from the Farmers Market barber service from Angala. Asetre said, “Angala is a well-skilled barber, and I am very satisfied with my new look. As a single man, my look is very important for me [to impress girls],” he laughed.
“I need a haircut service every month and here in Hawaii, barber services [can be] unaffordable. I really wish the SAC team will organize this event on every Farmers Market. This event was one of the best projects the SAC ever conducted. It was a real big push to help us to be in the dress and grooming standards, instead of just handing flyers and hanging posters everywhere.”
According to Lee, they will do it regularly if they receive enough feedback from students. Students can go to their Facebook page “BYU－Hawaii Student Advisory Council” and give feedback about the barber service. Lee reported that 15 people received hairstyling services from the first event, and 22 people received the service from the second one.
Chung Hang Chan (Timothy), a senior from Hong Kong majoring in biology education, is the barber at SWATT barbershop. He learned to cut hair from his mother, who is a professional hairstylist. Chan said, “My mom started to cut mine and my dad’s hair, and she found her passion in it. She learned more and worked at famous salons and styled celebrities’ hairs.”
Chan said he learned to cut hair when he was 12 and practiced his skills on his church friends. He mostly does male hair and can cut women’s hair into male styles. He said he knows how to do basics of female hair trimming, but he is not an expert on it.
The Give and Take barbershop started their service in May 2019. Initially, it was Chan’s idea and SWATT manager Les Harper supported the idea. Their goal is to train new people to continue the barbershop when Chan graduates.
Any and all BYUH students and faculty can use the service, and they need to set an appointment through the SWATT Global Facebook page. Their service is free, and students and faculty can come as many times as they want.
Mark Rey Bulos, a sophomore from the Philippines majoring in supply chain management, said, “I am very happy with my new hairstyle because Chan can do any kind of hairstyle as long as it is aligned to the Honor Code standards. I am impressed with how SWATT uses their employee’s passion and skills to serve BYUH ohana. I also received training from Chan on how to cut hair, but I need more practice to become like him.”