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Updated: 03/28/2014 10:06:05AM

Behind the comb

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PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Shave and a haircut, two bits. Yep, it's true.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The barber pole outside shows exactly where to get a haircut. This one is outside The City Barber Shop.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Carlos Williams cuts Jeff Hardy's hair. Hardy has known Williams for years, he says.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Bill Walker cuts Jim Mellon's hair.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Leon Howard Jr. stops to look at the camera before he gets his haircut. He is 4 years old.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Leon Howard sits with his 4-year-old son, Leon Howard Jr., waiting for a haircut with Carlos Williams.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Carlos Williams smiles for the camera before he returns to cutting hair.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Donesha White sports her new "do." She works and goes to school at Polk State College. Behind her is Ray Reyes, owner of El Ponceno Barber Shop in Historic Downtown Lake Wales.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


This gentleman studies his options while waiting to get his hair cut at El Ponceno.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


John Paul Rogers, former Lake Wales city commissioner and barber, takes a break for a photo at The City Barber Shop on 1st Street.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Frederick Ryan has been coming to Gary Bear's Barber Shop for 46 years, he says. Maybe that's why his hair looks so nice.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Charlotte Boatwright gives her client some advice on how to cut his hair today. And yes, she is a barber, they aren't all men after all.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Gary Bear and the Bear. Ask the locals.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Jerry Sheffield cuts Merle Aikens' hair while the two chat and are interrupted by a nosy reporter regarding a story for Main Street Magazine on downtown barbers.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

Jerry Sheffield cuts Merle Aikens' hair while the two chat and are interrupted by a nosy reporter regarding a story for Main Street Magazine on downtown barbers.

By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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