FARR WEST -- In his 30 years of cutting hair, Bob Grunig, aka Barber Bob, has seen men's hair styles go from shoulder length and mullets to bowl cuts, lightning bolts and now shorter styles.
He has cut hair on the banks of Lake Powell, made house calls and attended to men during preparations for their burial.
"Fads come and go," he said. "A good barber doesn't."
Grunig has been surprised over the years how men tell their barber so much about themselves.
"They will come out and tell you a lot. Everything from emotional and fun things they are doing, to their wives and families. They spill their guts," he said. "Barbers are like psychologists."
Grunig has seen his share of rough times as well.
A single dad with three sons, a daughter and two grandsons, he experienced a divorce and the death of his father around the same time. He gets misty-eyed speaking of how he "fixed up" his father's hair after his death.
"I miss him," Grunig said of his father. "As a Marine, he was real particular about his hair."
After blowing out his knee during his senior year at Box Elder High School, Grunig had to turn down several football scholarships. It was his dad who influenced him to enter barber school much like his uncle had years earlier.
At the beginning of his career, he attended Men's Executive Hair Cutting, a barber school on 24th Street in Ogden. He said specialized barber schools such as this are few and far between any more.
"Old school" barbers are used to keeping long hours, Grunig said. He typically works from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to capture not only his retired clientele, but also the "working man."
Most of his business comes through the door as walk-ins rather than by appointment, and Grunig's goal is to have 90 percent of them return.
He cut hair for 17 years on the campus of Utah State University, providing military flat-top haircuts for ROTC students, as well as attending to professors' hair. As a campus barber, he got all the benefits of being a student -- such as attending dances and football games -- without having to actually attend class.
He worked at Wyatt's Barber Shop in Brigham City for 13 years, and recently started at Family Hair Cuts at 1880 N. 2000 West in Farr West. He said the Farr West location, where he works with two "barberettes," is more "homey."
He takes pride in his "scissor over comb" skills, and keeps alive the straight-edge shaves that are hard to come by today. While at Utah State University, he charged $7 for a men's cut.
Though times have changed, he hasn't much. Men's hair cuts at his Farr West location are now $6, though he appreciates tips.
He particularly loves cutting little boys' hair. His youngest customer was a 6-week-old baby boy. On the other end of the age spectrum was a 102-year-old client.
"I love the people," he said. "Everyone is different, has a different story and a different way of looking at things."