When you step into The New Style Barber Shop in Moline, you might just get more than the haircut you came in for.
Your head could become owner Miguel Rosas' latest canvas.
But instead of paint and brushes, Miguel makes his masterpiece with razors and combs.
From intricate designs, to characters, he does it all.
"Even if you're not doing designs, it's still an art, because you're changing something that's there into something different," he said.
The 28-year-old has owned the new style barber shop since 2008.
But his dream of being a barber goes back much further.
"I was always like, kind of creative and artistic, I drew a lot when I was younger, and then pretty much when I was like 13, 14 years old, I got a hold of a pair of clippers and just started cutting my own hair," said Miguel.
By the time he was in high school, he was going to barber college part time.
"Customers would walk in, we'd cut their hair. Whether or not we knew what we were doing, that's pretty much how we got our practice," he said.
When Miguel finally got his business going years later, he knew exactly where to set up shop.
The New Style Barber Shop is on the border of Rock Island and Moline, in the predominantly Mexican neighborhood, Floreciente.
And every day Miguel uses the Spanish his father told him was so important to keep up.
"Dad was right, you know, I use it every day, I speak Spanish at least, I want to say, at least 25% of the day," he said,
Now, business is booming.
And in 2011, Miguel decided to take his talent to the next level by entering into competitions across the country.
But when it comes down to it, it's the customers who come into his Quad Cities barber shop every day who are his true motivation.
"I love cutting hair because it makes people feel better about themselves," he said.
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