When we think of barbering services, most of us don’t think about the many haircut exercises that have to be mastered: like scissors and hair cutting, blending clippers, razor techniques, chemical procedures, etc. Little did Herman and Adrian, father and son duo, know when they made the decision to become professional barbers, they’re lives would evolve into something more than they could ever imagine.
Before Fashion Cuts Hair and Beauty Academy, there was Herman Jones. Back in 1998, Herman went to barber school, at the then called Central Florida Community College (CFCC) in Ocala, FL; and his son, Adrian, followed suit in 1999. After graduation, Herman went on to work for Mr. Jakes, who at time owned what would become Fashion Cuts first location. Herman went from being a barber to a barber shop owner within his first year in the industry. Fashion Cuts is a family friendly establishment. No profanity. No provocative language is one of the things that sets Fashion Cuts apart from other barbershops. When Adrian graduated, he joined his father as one of the barbers.
Two thousand three was the year that Adrian temporarily accepted an opportunity to expand his services as a barber and instructor. By 2005, because of heavy traffic at the first location, Herman came up with the idea to open up a second barbershop. Adrian left Fashion Cuts to manage Fashion Cuts II.
2006, CFCC asked if Adrian would be interested in teaching again. Now with some entrepreneurial experience under his belt, Adrian wanted to introduce the business aspect of barbering to help other students become potential business owners. Frustrated with not being able to incorporate his ideas into the barbering curriculum, Adrian didn’t renew his contract to teach, and Fashion Cuts opened up their third location. Two thousand nine would be the year that Herman would expand his services to teaching students how to become barbers. Never would Adrian, or Herman, have imagined that the work that they were doing as instructors would prepare them for their future as barber school owners.
Fashion Cuts continued its growth in 2011 when one of Adrian’s former students asked if Adrian and his dad would consider opening up a 4th location on Hwy 484. What motivated Adrian was his passion for barbering and, “God told me that it was time to work on my dream.” Adrian understood that he had to ignite his desire to help other potential student barbers. Even though Adrian stopped teaching barbering, he didn’t want to bury his passion, and continued to shelve his dream because he felt, “It wasn’t the right time.” When Adrian started to set things in motion, things started came together for him to open up their barber academy.
Adrian reached out to various individuals, including his former barber instructor. His instructor, revealed that CFCC was planning to shut down their barbering program. His instructor gifted one semester without pay to help Adrian and Herman establish Fashion Cuts Hair and Beauty Academy.
Opening the academy had many challenges as a first year school. Things like making sure your paperwork was in order, business loan, etc. came with its challenges, but that didn’t stop what was needed for the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 4, 2013. The day of the ribbon cutting was the best and worst day of Adrian’s life. It also marked the day that his brother was killed. Since the barber academy opened, forty three students have graduated, some have become employees, and few have moved on to duplicate Adrian and Herman’s success of opening up their own barber shops.
Currently Adrian is in the process of having the academy accept financial aid and GI bill. Fashion Cuts Hair and Beauty Academy’s goal and mission is to empower students to be successful business owners. They strive to build people up and encourage others. The demand for the school is high, and student enrollment is limited, so there is a waiting list.