Tulsa Tech Barber Graduate Has Style
10/2/2012 11:08 AM
Brandon Thompson definitely has a unique style, but he prefers to be called a barber rather than a stylist.
“I’m a barber so my focus is on haircuts for men and boys,” Thompson said. “Although I can trim and do a few highlights, when women ask if I can cut their hair, I usually refer them to the stylist in my shop that provides services primarily for women.”
Thompson graduated from Tulsa Tech’s Barber Program in April 2011 and is now the owner of Pure Image Barber & Beauty, located at the intersection of Highway 75 and Nowata Road in Bartlesville.
“I bought the shop before I graduated and began fixing it up with help from my friends,” Thompson explained. “I was extremely happy a couple of months later when I passed the state certification exam on my first attempt, because several people had warned me that it wasn’t unusual to fail on your first try.”
Tulsa Tech Barber Instructor, Tyson Thompson (no relation) is very proud of the accomplishments of his former student.
“For a student to graduate and immediately go to work in a salon or shop is always very rewarding,” Tyson said. “But to have a student like Brandon who is able to start a successful business and open his own shop, that’s just incredible.”
Thompson is quick to give credit to both his instructor and Tulsa Tech for his success, not only as a barber and a businessman, but also as a student.
“Tyson not only taught me how to cut hair, but he shared with me how to think about a business, how to manage money, and how to make a good living as a barber,” Thompson said. “And getting started in the program at Tech was so much more affordable than any of the other schools in the area.”
Although Thompson had cut hair for just a few family members before, he was attracted to the industry by the fact that while Bartlesville has several barbers, many are getting close to retirement, and very few, if any, specialized in cutting and styling hair for African-Americans.
“Several of the barbers around town keep talking about retiring soon,” Thompson said. “And I knew a lot of folks that were driving all the way to Tulsa just so they could get the type of haircut they wanted.”
A great barber, a successful entrepreneur, and a caring individual who never misses an opportunity to give back to the community, Thompson especially enjoys events like his “Back-to-School” haircuts in Bartlesville, or the annual “Barber-Cutt-Off” at Tulsa Tech’s Peoria Campus. Both events provide free haircuts each year to hundreds of young children.
“While I was a student and still learning how to cut hair, our instructor would have us visit different schools and give free haircuts, one after another, from like 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.,” Thompson said. “This was not only great practice for me, but also how Tyson taught us to stay in touch with the community.”
Tulsa Tech’s Peoria Campus offers $5 haircuts for both children and adults, every Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brandon Thompson may prefer to be called a barber rather than a stylist, but in the opinion of the faculty and staff at Tulsa Tech, this successful graduate and businessman certainly has a great deal of style.
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