Kelsey Bauman combs and curls customer Morgan Cobb’s hair at New Images Hair Salon, 337 W. Victory Way. Bauman has been a professional stylist for five years and previously worked with famous stylist Nicholas French in Denver before coming back to her hometown of Craig.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Kelsey Bauman combs and curls customer Morgan Cobb’s hair at New Images Hair Salon, 337 W. Victory Way. Bauman has been a professional stylist for five years and previously worked with famous stylist Nicholas French in Denver before coming back to her hometown of Craig.

Hair or there: Best hairstylist brings worldly style to local salon

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Kelsey Bauman had plans to become a physical therapist, but a key part of the job didn’t appeal to her.

“I decided that I wanted to make people feel better not put them in pain,” she said.

The decision to choose another line of work has paid off.

Bauman won best hairstylist in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest. The career was a familiar one for her after being around her mother, Nancy, who is also a stylist.

She has worked to bring some new panache back to her hometown, going to work at Nancy’s New Images Hair Salon, 337 W. Victory Way, several years ago.

While living in Denver, Bauman was working with Nicholas French, a renowned stylist for Matrix Hair Care, at a fashion show when she realized that she could pursue her goal of working with hair in a different way.

“He sat next to me and gave this big, huge sigh, and so I said, ‘Long day, huh?’” she said. “He looked at me and he said, ‘I’ve been on the road for 16 weeks straight and tomorrow I leave for Tokyo.’”

Bauman said the encounter made her think about how nice life could be living in a small town and developing connections with the people whose hair she cuts — men, women, and children of all ages and varieties.

“You can do the same style on two people and it’ll look totally different,” she said.

She said she was delighted to learn that her work at customer relations had earned her the distinction as the community’s best hairstylist.

“It’s a huge honor,” Bauman said. “It’s always nice to know that people appreciate what you do.”

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