When Servando Laurel got his start as a barber, a haircut and shave cost anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar.
That was in 1949.
Laurel, who will celebrate his 83rd birthday in March, does not know when to slow down. He's been going to work 5 days a week for 53 years at his City Barber Shop on Morgan and Brownlee, where a haircut now costs $10.
"I got into this business because my dad was a barber, he wanted for me to be a barber. So, I went to barber school in San Antonio, Texas in 1949, and I got my license in December of 1949," said Laurel.
With a total of 67 years of experience in cutting hair, Laurel could not begin to say how many haircuts he has given in his career, though he does know he has made a lot of friends.
"The interaction that I have with my customers is a wonderful thing. I have to thank them for coming in here and trading with me, and I am blessed with that," said Laurel.
During his long career, Laurel has cut the hair of almost every type of professional you can meet, but it's those who don't have a profession that he enjoys helping the most.
"I like to help out an indigent person or a needy person. I don't mind doing it, I love it. I think that is a good thing to do. I have done house calls. As a matter of fact, the last haircut I did was in Orange Grove this past Sunday. I went that far to give this gentleman, who is going to be 100 years in July. It is a very rewarding thing for me to do, especially with somebody that old," said Laurel.
Laurel, has no plans to hang up his clippers anytime soon. Why would he? After all, cutting hair is what he loves to do and it's an honest day's work.
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