Back-to-school haircuts big hit (video)
• Texas Made Fades also will be open Monday for kids only, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Xavier Ramirez kicked off his summer by getting his hair cut in the shape of a star at Texas Made Fades.
Having a star on your head is just cool, the 7-year-old said.
But Sunday, his very last day of freedom, Xavier came back to Texas Made Fades to get his back-to-school haircut, a stylish fohawk with his curly brown hair.
"He got his first haircut here in kindergarten," said his mom, Brandi Ramirez. "You know you are going to get a good cut, and they know us here. They remember the boys' names."
Ramirez got her three boys to the salon at 9:45 a.m., 15 minutes before it was scheduled to open, but she still found herself 25 people deep in the line for haircuts.
Bobby Medina, co-owner of Texas Made Fades, said the shop is normally closed Sundays and Mondays, but the business makes an exception for back to school.
The average wait for a haircut Sunday at the gentleman's salon was between one and two hours.
But the kids were not deterred, waiting in one of two lounge areas, watching one of five television sets and eating the doughnuts and pizza provided throughout the day.
Even though most kids start school Monday, Medina said the shop will be just as busy, with kids going to school late to get that first-day-of-school cut.
"The haircut is the main thing to have. You don't want to go nappy-headed," joked Thomas Rodriguez, a 16-year-old who drove in from Ganado to visit the shop.
More than just haircuts, however, Medina said the salon gives the boys someone to talk to and someone who can understand.
"We can let them know what they have in store for them when they graduate and can help them on the right path. We talk about everything, can give advice," Medina said.
Roy Dehoyes, co-owner of Texas Made Fades, said that is just what Medina did for him when he came to Medina for a haircut.
"I was going down the wrong route, and he kept telling me to go to school. I was in and out of jail and just had to grow up and get out of that lifestyle I was in. He was that encouragement, that push," Dehoyes said as he cut and styled Xavier's fohawk.
It took more than a year, but when Dehoyes graduated from cosmetology school, he and Medina opened Texas Made Fades together.
They started with bare walls and their clippers, Medina said, laughing. Three years later, the walls are covered in sports posters and TVs, the shop has three stylists, and the sounds of hip-hop are heard in every room.
It is the place to be, Thomas said, especially the day before school.
"Haircuts are as essential as a new pair of shoes. It is part of your style," Medina said.
Thomas, getting up from the swivel chair with a faded haircut, clasped Medina's hand for a bear hug, thanking him before he left for home.
"It is the finishing piece," Thomas said, swiping his fingers over his hair.