LifestylesIt’s all about the hair: Local beauty shop continues tradition begun in a kitchen

A woman sits in a plush, black chair in the back of a salon, her fingertips pressed lightly together while she laughs with one of the hairdressers. She has glistening white hair with shimmers of gray visible, and deep brown eyes you can fall into even through her silver-rimmed glasses. Linda Day is the kind of woman who is warm like your favorite sweater, nestling into conversation like she’s known you all her life.

The salon is hers. No longer wielding scissors behind the chair, Day is three years retired. Her granddaughter, Alisa Payne, is now responsible for keeping The Beauty Shop in shape. The interior walls are painted a lipstick-worthy red, the hairdressing stations lining them littered with the women’s choice tools, cherrywood fans spinning lazily from the crème-colored ceiling. The smell of shampoo and hairspray seems to have permanently settled into the air, and aside from the mirrors, a beauty shop essential, pictures of local children are the main décor.

“We wanted to keep it simple,” Day says with a smile, her voice warm with a soft drawl. “That’s why we’re just called The Beauty Shop.” More...

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