Hair styles come. Hair styles go. And then they come back again.
Suzie Smith has seen all of them, at one time or another. Just like clothing styles, there’s really nothing new about the new hairstyles. After more than 30 years of wielding the brush, the comb and the blow dryer, Smith can accommodate virtually any style someone might want.
Smith is the operator of Head Hunter Salon, 415 Market St., and spoke with The Hermann Advertiser-Courier about the ins and outs of the hair biz from the perspective of her shop in downtown Hermann.
Smith almost went in a different direction when considering career choices. Her decision was influenced greatly by her mother, she said.
“It was either going to be this (hair styling) or it was going to be child daycare,” she said. Her mother strongly suggested hair styling. Moms know best, it seems.
For a couple of years, Smith worked in Jefferson City, overseeing a crew of hair cutters and decided that wasn’t what she really wanted to do. So, it was back home to Hermann and to her own shop that almost had a different name; that is, if she had listened to husband Todd.
“He wanted me to call it ‘Suzie’s Curl Up & Dye,'” she said with a laugh.
But Head Hunter it was and Head Hunter it has been for many years.
Smith doesn’t specialize in anything in particular regarding hair styling. “I do a little bit of everything,” she said.
As for today’s hairstyles, the possibilities nearly are limitless. “Right now,” Smith said, “anything goes.”
Long, short, curls, blue, purple or green.
Smith’s motto in the world of hairstyling: “As long as you’re happy.”
Like many other hair stylists, Smith might have found her calling in being a therapist. Certainly, if she decides to make a career switch to being a therapist she would clearly have a good start — thanks to years of listening to customers tell their stories while sitting in the barber’s chair.
“I always wished I had kept a journal and had written down some of the stories,” Smith said.
“You would not believe some of the things that happen to people,” she said.
And the things they are willing to talk about. To their good friend, their hair stylist.