Tuesday, November 6, 2012
DALLAS -- At the beginning of Carol Chaney's career as a stylist, the "bubble" hair cut -- a symbol of 1960s style -- was just coming into fashion.
Fifty years later, Chaney is still styling hair. This month she is celebrating 30 years at her salon, Four Seasons Styling, with an open house Friday.
"I started doing hair in 1962," Chaney said. "Seems like a long time. It is a long time."
A lifelong Dallas resident, Chaney received a scholarship to a beauty school while attending Dallas High. She enrolled after graduation and has been doing hair since.
Even after 50 years, Chaney doesn't plan on slowing down, much to her longtime clients' delight.
"I would be so lost," she said. "I don't know what I would do. I know I can't do my husband's hair everyday."
What keeps her going? The smiles on her customers' faces.
"That is one of the main things I like, to make them feel good about themselves," Chaney said. "And a lot of people, they just need to be talked to. We hear a lot of stuff, let me tell you."
Chaney said Four Seasons has become a gathering place of sorts. Longtime clients and stylists share pieces of their lives with one another on a daily basis.
"Everybody kind of knows what is going on," she said.
"All through my career here, I've really met some nice people. ... That's why I stayed here. You make friends when you are doing hair in a small town."
Chaney started her career at Erich of New York, a high-end salon in Salem. She worked there a few months and decided she missed Dallas' small-town atmosphere.
"I came back here and went to work for Wolfer's Beauty Salon," she said. "That was my first job in Dallas."
She spent time working salons in town for 20 years before she decided to open her own shop.
Chaney's daughter, Tia Brees, and granddaughter, Brittney Ray, have followed her career path; Ray is a hair stylist and Brees does nails.
Sharon Cooper, who has been a stylist for about 45 years, and Terri Zimmerman, who has worked with Chaney since she opened the current location on Main Street, round out the Four Seasons crew.
Ray has worked at the salon for about a year and wants to take over the business someday.
"I said I was going to do it (be a stylist) in the fourth grade," Ray said. "When I graduated from high school I went to beauty school."
Like her grandmother, Ray loves working with clients.
"It's more like a hobby to me, not like a job," she said. "No other job is as interesting."
Four Seasons Styling 30th anniversary open house.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Four Season Styling, 861 Main St., Dallas.
The open house will feature refreshments, door prizes and specials on hair cuts and styling. Rings & Things, Avon and Scentsy representatives will be selling items as well.
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