A fresh look for school

Eagle Grove barber will cut kids’ hair for free before school starts

-Messenger photo by Karen Weld
Anthony Babcock, owner of Babcock’s Barber Shop in Eagle Grove, right, cuts the hair of David Anderson, of Eagle Grove, recently.

EAGLE GROVE — Anthony Babcock plans to offer free haircuts to kids who need them before school starts back up.

Babcock owns Babcock’s Barber Shop, 211 W. Broadway, in Eagle Grove.

He opened his shop on March 31.

Kids who need to get their ears lowered can come to Babcock’s shop from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday for a trim.

Babcock said in a post on social media, “It will be first come first serve. If you can afford a cut please don’t take an opportunity away from someone who might not be able to. Looking forward to giving back. Please pass the word along to anyone you know who might need this. Thanks everyone!”

Babcock, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said he first started cutting hair while in the service.

“A few buddies and I, we brought our clippers and gave each other haircuts on deployment,” he said.

Babcock served in the early 2000s.

After he was discharged in 2007, he went to work for Union Pacific Railroad.

Six and a half years later, it was time for a change, he said.

“I ended up getting a divorce,” Babcock said. “Instead of doing something where I was always working and always going for the money, I decided to do something that I just really enjoyed. I thought being a barber sounded pretty good, so I sold my house, moved down to Des Moines, went to barber school. I worked down there for about a year and that’s when I got the message from my buddy here in town.”

“One of my friends messaged me and said the shop was up for grabs. One thing led to another and here I am.”

The idea for the free haircuts came to Babcock when he checked his mail recently.

“Honestly, this thing came in my mailbox that announced when the first day of school was and when we started school when I was a kid in the ’80s mom gave us the bowl cuts,” Babcock said. “I got that haircut every year.”

The first day of school for Eagle Grove schools is Thursday.

Babcock said his idea of free haircuts has become quite popular.

“I wasn’t expecting the reaction it’s gotten,” Babcock said. “I just figured there would be a couple people saying, ‘right on, awesome, we’ll send our kids over there.'”

He added, “I thought it would be cool to do for the community.”