Hairstylist for 3 years at Stylz Fifth Avenue, 535 Yampa Ave.
“Right after I graduated from high school, I went down to Grand Junction. I already knew what I wanted to be, so that’s when I went and got my degree down there. I came back to Craig a few years later, and I’ve been doing hair since 1981.
Making people feel better about themselves is my way of contributing and giving back, helping people in our community. I’ve gotten to meet people from all over — from Australia, from all different parts of the world. I’m not sure what they were all doing in Craig, though.
We do highlighting, perms, there’s all kinds of different techniques. It’s an industry that changes all the time. I love to go to hair shows, I try to go to them as often as I can. I absolutely love what I do. I don’t think I could have ever picked a better career for myself if I had to do it again.
I like cutting hair on both men and women. Men are a little bit easier to get along with, but I like both. I like doing fades for the men. With women, it’s so hard to say what I like because there’s so much variety, from the A-line to just so many other different types of haircuts. Long hair is my passion, but I do all of it. I have a lot of patience for little kids, too, so that’s always nice.
We’ve got a tool coming that’s good for doing things like shaving people’s initials into their hair. I’ve done things before like letters and initials. I think it’s pretty neat, actually. I was going to try to get some licensed NFL and hockey things for stenciling, too.
My family has lived here since 1978, and I have all my family here except for one brother that lives in Alaska. I have a daughter and a son. My son is going to college in Alamosa, and he’s in his second year. I was hoping my daughter might get into hairstyling, but she has a very good job at City Market. My dad’s retired and my mom still works at City Market.
I think I’m a hairdresser partly because I’ve got too much energy to sit down. I’m also in a pool league at The Popular Bar, and that’s always a good time. I’ve got two puppies at home that I’ve got to take care of, so I’m always pretty busy.
I have a workout thing in my house, but I walk in the summer up at the high school track. I just like to listen to my iPod. Doing anything with my iPod is tolerable, even stuff like shoveling snow. And even then, my puppies will be there playing on the little mountain of snow I make for them, playing King of the Hill.
As far as music, I like old rock ’n’ roll. Real classic stuff, plus I like the Top 40, I love Lady Antebellum. And Train, of course, that new one they’ve got out is awesome. We bounce around to music at work all the time. We’ll listen to music anywhere from the ’70s, ’80s and sometimes ’60s. I like all kinds of music.
I really like REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Heart, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, I could name all of them. I hope the ’80s hair comes back because I love big, blond, bushy hair. The ‘80s were the best hair that ever was, I swear.
I think even if I were a millionaire, I’d still want to work with hair. That’s how you know you’ve got the perfect job.”
Interview by Andy Bockelman