Tina Pullen knows she makes Houlka look better every day.
Pullen has spent almost two decades cutting hair and bringing out the best in every customer who walks in her door.
And while styles and fashions change Tina’s Fifth Avenue Salon works hard to maintain a high quality of service at a reasonable price.
“As of Nov. 2, I will have been cutting hair for 20 years, with five of those in this building in downtown Houlka,” said Pullen. “The people who come to me are more than my customers, they are my friends.”
Tina’s offers traditional cut and color along with highlights, gloss and perms. Tina’s Fifth Avenue Salon also has tanning beds and she does manicures and pedicures, too.
Tina’s also sells hair-care products, nail polish, tanning lotion and purses.
Tina’s is staffed by Beth Gunnels and Daphne Paden.
Pullen said being a hair stylist is not easy. The profession is licensed by the state and those who practice it have to know chemistry, health regulations, customer service and still keep up with the latest styles and techniques.
Pullen said her job also allows her to share the major moments in customer’s lives.
“Your wedding, a family member’s wedding, a funeral, graduation, a job interview or just a hot date,” she explained. “People come in and sit in that chair and tell me all about it while I cut their hair.”
Pullen said she prefers appointments but walk-in are welcome if they are willing to wait.
“I had a customer tell me they like coming here because they can relax and catch their breath,” said Pullen. “She said, ‘This isn’t one of those stuffy salons. This is a place that makes you feel better when you leave.’”
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