Salon owner cut out to be a hairdresser
PRESCOTT - "I think I was born to be a hairdresser," said Wendy Clore while working in her new salon, Over the Top Style, at 1000 Ainsworth Drive, Suite A100. "I always considered myself a 'self-image consultant.'"
Clore, who has worked the field for 30 years, said she likes being her own boss, which explains why she opened her salon in April.
Ownership came after a few bumps in the road for Clore, a native of Manhattan, Kan., who has lived in Arizona since 1989. She said she moved to Prescott from Tucson five years ago to accept a teaching job at a beauty school, only to be laid off a year later because enrollment had dropped.
Clore said she later went to work for a former student, but found herself out of a job on New Year's Day this year after the salon closed. She rented chairs at other salons before opening her own shop.
By being her own boss, Clore keeps her prices lower and sets her own hours, she said, adding that customers' needs come first: She has worked as late as 10 p.m. to accommodate them.
"I will go out of my way for my clients to take care of them," Clore said. "I love being personal with my clients."
Clore said she styles hair, does perms and color, and prepares customers for weddings and proms. She uses razors and scissors on haircuts for both men and women. Older women prefer roller-setting, Clore said. She described roller-setting as being a "true art" because it predates blow-dryers and curling irons.
Clore also does shoulder rubs and shampoo massages to help customers relax.
"I am all about pampering, and you feeling like you are valued," Clore said.
Clore said her salon is not about getting customers in and out. She said she typically spends 30 to 45 minutes with clients.
She spent that amount of time recently with Dyan Harper, a radio news announcer who lives in Prescott.
"What you need to do is find somebody who understands your hair because everybody's hair is different," Harper said. "And when you do find that person, you want to be loyal."
Clore said, "You get to know their hair. You get to know the person and their lives."
Harper interjected, "And their pets."
Clore takes an interest in pets as well. She volunteers at the Circle L Ranch Animal Rescue & Sanctuary in Prescott Valley, and adopted three dogs, two cats, two kittens and two ferrets.
"The beauty is I have the flexibility to take care of my family," Clore said. "I have a boyfriend and a lot of four-legged children."
For more information, call Over the Top at 273-8966.
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