Linda Hautala has been cutting hair for a number of years now and with her long-time salon Shear Perfection, she is continuing to make her mark in the community
Hautala began her apprenticeship at the old House of Hair which was located on 10th st. After working there for a year, she then after briefly working at perfect salon finishing her apprenticeship, she walked past the building she’s currently in and decided to set up shop.
The building has gone through a number or changes with the most significant change coming a few years ago when Red Door Boutique was added and began selling women’s clothing marketing towards the 50 and over group. Hautala said by bringing in the clothing, it’s brought in a lot of new faces, but has also seen a drop in walk-ins, particularly in the male walk-ins. However, she finds it easier to now run both the hair side, and the clothing side.
Hautala said the decision came after attending an Inspiring Champions conference in San Diego. It was a motivation speaker and the attendees would look at their business and to make the best of their business. The guy there suggested to remodel her space and bring in retail.
The idea stuck with Hautala and she decided to bring in clothing. While some may be hesitant to change, Hautala felt change would be good.
“It gives me more spark. Life gets boring if you do the same thing all the time.”
Don’t get confused though. While the Red Door Boutique aspect has been added to Shear Perfection, it’s all one business.
“In my mind they weren’t separate entities, they were one,” Hautala said. “If you buy something from the front, the receipt says shear perfection.”
For her many years being a hairdresser, Hautala says she hopes she can help women fell good about their looks in whatever way possible.
“My goal is for women to feel beautiful,” Hautala said. “Whether it’s hair, clothing, inner beauty that’s really the whole art to being a hairdresser.”
Shear Perfection is located at 521 9 Ave N, to make an appointment or for more information call 250-344-7611.