Kentucky's One-Armed-Barber

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 4/30/2013 6:23 pm
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Inside Bailey's Barber College, the teacher isn't the only one teaching. 

You can sit in the chair and get a shave, you can ask for a clean fade, but you should ask Chris Bunn about what's missing.

"A lot of people say you know, when did you break your arm, and I say 5 years ago, because it's the truth," said Bunn.

5 years ago, Chris put down his badge, and picked up clippers. 

"Seems like a good way to make a living.  I mean, it's different, you know, it's..."

It's rare to make the cut as a brand new barber.  The school's leader thought it was impossible, with just one hand.

"Chris came in, one-handed, wants to be a barber, and I'm like, you know, how's that going to happen," asked Jennifer Bailey, owner of Bailey's Barber College.

In 2008, Chris and his girlfriend at the time go into an argument.  He took off on his motorcycle going more than 100 miles an hour, until he crashed.  He woke up from a coma a month later.  Doctors amputated his hand.

"You wreck your bike, you lose your hand, you know, nobody wants a one-handed cop," said Bunn.

"Other than him having different tools, you wouldn't know that he was a different barber," said Sam Bryant, a student at Bailey's Barber College.

Chris doesn't ask for help, and doesn't want pity.

"it turned out OK.  I mean, you got to roll with the punches," said Bunn.

This month, Bunn passed all his state exams, which makes him something of a celebrity.

"He's one of three one-handed barbers in the world," said Bryant.

Giving his customers a front row seat to a life lesson: The speed limit is his only limit.

"You know, I'm not anywhere near where I want to be, but I guess we could all say that," said Bunn.

Bunn recently started working at NLINE Barbershop in Hazard. 
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