- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - With 50 years of cutting hair under his belt, Lowell Thomas has no interest in slowing down.

“Not until the arms won’t hold me up anymore or my legs won’t let me do it,” Thomas said inside his shop Thursday.

Thomas started in the business after a friend began a barber college and recruited Thomas to go. After he completed training, he began his career at Seville Barber Shop at the corner of Main and Sycamore streets in Elkhart.

“It used to be a root beer barrel, a barber shop and a liquor store,” he said of the first shop he worked at.

Now he operates his own one-chair shop at 1725 Cassopolis St. on Elkhart’s north side.

“It’s just awesome, I love talking to people and learning the new hairstyles,” he said. “See, they’re not really new cuts, they’re the same as they were 30 years ago, they just change the name of them.”

Thomas said he still has some of the same customers that he had 50 years ago and now cuts the hair of the whole family.

“I’ve still got some of my original customers and their kids and their kids,” he said. “I’ve got at least 10 fourth generations, if not more.”

Thomas is still as passionate as ever, working five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday to get people trimmed up and looking good. The relationships he builds with his customers are special, he said, to the point where he can detect if something is wrong.

“After a while you know who’s who and what is wrong, if something is wrong with their families,” Thomas said. “You pick up on that and they appreciate it.”

Thomas said he strives to do his best.

“I just make them look as good as I can make them look,” he said. “Since I don’t have any hair, I make them look as good as I’d want my hair to look.”

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Source: The Elkhart Truth, https://bit.ly/2u8GvZE

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Information from: The Elkhart Truth, https://www.elkharttruth.com

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