Woman-owned Reunion Barbershop in Northwest Austin focuses on inclusiveness for all hair types

Reunion Barbershop staff
From left, Alithea Collins, owner Ashley “Ace” Gibbs and Cole Gephardt said they pride themselves on keeping Reunion Barbershop an inclusive space for customers of all walks of life. (Photos by Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left, Alithea Collins, owner Ashley “Ace” Gibbs and Cole Gephardt said they pride themselves on keeping Reunion Barbershop an inclusive space for customers of all walks of life. (Photos by Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Ashley “Ace” Gibbs knew she wanted to cut hair for a living at 5 years old.

“My uncle Jim, he let me cut his hair, ... and I just took a chunk out, right in front where everybody could see it. I was 7 or 8,” she said.

After the death of her mother in 2007, she decided to get her cosmetology license. Years later, she decided to open her own place, Reunion Barbershop. The name came from being inspired while driving through Colorado, where she saw a sign that said “reunion” and liked the sound of it for her business, she said.

Gibbs opened the shop just before the pandemic began in late February 2020 in the former 3 Kings Barbershop location on Anderson Mill Road. Reunion offers hair-cutting services for all hair types as well as scalp treatments, braids and beard treatments.

“It’s a very progressive but old-school barbershop because ... everybody here uses the straight razor; everybody can get a head shave or a face shave,” she said.


She said her goal is to provide an inclusive space where any customer can feel comfortable and not awkwardly sit in the chair.

“I love that we can be a place where people feel safe to be themselves to get the haircuts they want to get, ... [such as] women with shaved heads or women that are cutting their hair short, and they’re scared because people will think X, Y or Z,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs also has further entrepreneurial ambitions and would love to create a new type of workspace where people can have a work-life balance. She said she would also like to grow the Reunion brand by possibly adding another barbershop as well as a coffee shop.

“I think 2020 really proved to people that life’s so short,” she said. “We need to have that work-life balance. We don’t need to be working ... 24/7 to survive.”

Reunion Barbershop

9112 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. A600, Austin

512-520-5269

www.reunionbarbershop.com

Hours: Mon. and Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tue., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sun.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.