Figueroa welcomes its newest addition to the neighborhood, Rudy’s Barbershop. On its opening day November 12, during the Little Fig Block Party, Rudy’s Barbershop gave out free haircuts all day and served 160 heads of hair. Rudy’s Barbershop Highland Park
Despite several anti-gentrification protesters outside their doors that day, it was business as usual for the stylists at Rudy’s who kept cutting hair free of charge. “If they knew what kind of business we are, they probably wouldn’t be protesting,” says Spring Cooper, Rudy’s lead stylist.
With 23 locations, one might think Rudy’s Barbershop is just another typical men’s barbershop chain, but they’ve taken the idea of a traditional barbershop and extended service to include women’s and children’s cuts, hair coloring, and blow outs.
If you’re looking for an affordable place to get coiffured, this is the place. Long cuts are only $45 and short cuts are priced at $35. “It’s actually a great deal for women’s cuts which people underestimate about us because it says ‘barbershop.’ But really it’s for everybody,” says Dinah Hanson-Carillo, shop manager.
Their low prices don’t mean low quality. They have 10 experienced and talented stylists on staff, and Rudy’s provides its own education programs to keep stylists performing at their highest level and to maintain a high standard.
Beyond the services they offer, Hanson-Carillo says that what sets them apart from other shops is the character and culture of the company. “The way our company is run is very open and very inclusive. It’s a culture as well as a business. We try to bring in people from all walks of life,” says Hanson-Carillo. “Our CEO sent a really nice email about how this is a safe space.” And considering the post-election state of affairs, there has never been a better time for inclusion and safety.
“We also get involved in the community – in every location we’re in,” says Hanson-Carillo. Rudy’s in Highland Park has partnered with the NELA Homeless Coalition to give free haircuts at homeless shelters, and they’re working on getting involved with the LGBTQ community to find ways to volunteer.
“We are definitely reaching out to people,” says Hanson-Carillo. For her, the stylists, and the customers, Rudy’s stands out among other salons and barbershops. “It’s a good organization to be apart of, and you can actually be proud of where you work.”
Rudy’s Barbershop is open everyday from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.