INMAN — Stepping into GreyHawk Barber Company at 106 S. Main St. in Inman and seeing the vintage decor can make you feel like you are in a barber shop from 50 years ago, but owner Seth Spencer is up-to-date on the latest in haircuts.

Barbering runs in Spencer’s family, as a picture of his great-great-grandfather, who was also a barber, hangs on one wall.

Spencer started cutting hair in his hometown of Carlsbad, New Mexico, giving up his prior career as an emergency medical technician.

“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss, and you can’t do that in that field,” Spencer said.

He started cutting his friends’ hair before getting formal training and learned barbering was not as easy as it seemed.

“And then my dad, he had messed my hair up a couple of times,” Spencer laughed.

Seeing an advertisement for a barber school, Spencer enrolled and knew he had found his calling.

Spencer’s parents moved to Inman and when he came to visit them, he saw an opportunity to start his own barber shop. GreyHawk Barber Company opened in January.

“I felt blessed, honestly, to be able to be my own boss already,” Spencer said.

At GreyHawk Barber Company, he offers straight-razor shaves and haircuts. Spencer said he has had customers ranging from small children to senior citizens.

“I love kids, so kids are always welcome here,” Spencer said.

Part of the benefit of having a barber shop in town, Spencer noted, is that parents do not have to drive so far for the service — and he is up on current trends, even if customers aren’t.

“Where I’m from, they knew specific fades and the lingo; nobody here knows barbering,” Spencer smiled.

His mission with GreyHawk Barber Company is to make the customer feel comfortable and, of course, look good. That process takes patience.

“That’s the key — just a little bit at a time. You can always cut more,” Spencer said.

One unique service Spencer offers at GreyHawk Barber Company is straight-razor shaves.

“It’s the most relaxing thing I think a guy can get because guys don’t go to the spa, they go to the barbershop,” Spencer said.

Bringing back that tradition is part of what sets his shop apart from others, Spencer noted.

“I feel like it was dying out for a while; people weren’t going to barber school anymore, and now so many guys don’t even straight-razor shave, so that’s a bonus for me,” Spencer said. “I love doing that.”

With the success he has found in Inman, Spencer is already eyeing other markets for additional barber shops, and possibly hiring trained barbers to assist him.

GreyHawk Barber Company is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For more information about GreyHawk Barber Company, call 620-712-2250. 

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