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Veteran hair stylist cuts new path

Matt Hinshaw/<br>The Daily Courier<br>Saylor Russell prepares Shari Stanalonis hair for a foil weave Tuesday morning in Prescott. Russell opened Saylor's Salon in December of 2009 and she has been a stylist for the past 25 years.

Matt Hinshaw/<br>The Daily Courier<br>Saylor Russell prepares Shari Stanalonis hair for a foil weave Tuesday morning in Prescott. Russell opened Saylor's Salon in December of 2009 and she has been a stylist for the past 25 years.

Funny what a casual conversation over a meal can turn into.

For Saylor Russell, owner of Saylor's Salon at 510 E. Gurley St., the chat she had with an old friend over dinner many moons ago about going to beauty school was the start of a career that's a quarter century old and counting.

"I never even considered it (a hair stylist career) until she brought it up," she said of the conversation with her friend. "I thought I want to do that, and a light went off."

Russell opened her salon, where she offers haircuts and coloring for men and women, in December 2009 in the converted guesthouse behind the Gail Gardner family-owned home at the intersection of Gurley and Mt. Vernon streets.

After moving to the community from Mesa in the late 1970s, Russell bought the Lord's & Ladies salon formerly on Goodwin Street in the early 1980s.

After running that salon for about seven years, Russell said she went on to rent space in various local salons.

After retiring from the business five years ago, Russell is getting back into it after a friend made her aware of the space behind the historic home.

"I wasn't really even looking," she said. "I really missed it. I'm enjoying it more than ever."

Russell offers men's haircuts for $17, and she charges women $25 for a haircut and style.

"I offer quality work at affordable prices," she said.

The salon is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and with appointments.

For information, call 445-6688.