After learning and practicing his barbering skills in Columbus, Corey Gillig has returned to work at Headquarters Hair Design, 262 N. Washington St. He began working there, taking clients, Tuesday.
Gillig graduated from New Riegel High School in 2000 and went to work at area factories. He had taken the electrical trades course at Sentinel Career Center, yet didn't wish to pursue that line of work. After spending time working, and being laid off, he decided to try something different.
"I decided to go to barber school at the Ohio State Barber and Styling College," he said. "You went for 1,800 hours, and I would go in and put in as many hours as I could put in."
After graduating, he got a job in Columbus at Tecks Barber Shop, close to The Ohio State University campus and where legendary coach Woody Hayes was said to have had his hair cut.
"It was nice to work with other barbers," Gillig said. "I really learned a lot from those guys."
It was a four-chair barbershop, catering to students. Working there gave him experience in cutting many types of hair.
"Short hair cuts are what I do well," he said. "I have cut everything: long hair, the shaggy look, even the Frohawk. I'm pretty versatile. I've worked on hair from every nationality; you just need to be able to communicate with the person to see what they want."
Gillig's hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
"I'd like to stick with men's haircuts," he said. "I will also do beard trims, and do the lather and shave around the neck and ears. The customers really enjoy it and I'm definitely going to continue that."
Besides the cut, shave and beard trim, Gillig can shampoo and wash the customer's hair to prepare them to return to work. He is taking new clients and those interested can call Headquarters at (419) 447-8970 to make an appointment with him.
"I'm definitely excited to be back," he said. "I would come home every weekend, and while I was driving home I'd say to myself, 'Why am I doing this? This is where you belong.' It's a relief to be back home."