Lots of people want to be beauticians and style hair and lots of people give it a try but only the good ones stay with it year after year.
Virginia Langley has been cutting and coloring hair for 38 years and said it is a dream come true.
“Growing up in high school I cut all my friends’ hair and then I went and got my training and I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Langley. “I’ve never wanted to do anything else. I really love my work.”
Langley has cut hair a number of different places and currently has a shop behind Sara’s Boutique on East Madison in Houston where she has been since 1996. She also cuts hair at her home in Sparta.
In 1991 Langley began teaching others the art of cosmetology.
“This business is pretty complex and it changes from year to year,” said Langley. “The industry is always coming out with new colors, processes and of course the styles change all the time. There is a lot to keep up with.”
Going to cosmetology shows, keeping up with her education and paying close attention to styles on the national and local level have become second nature to her.
Langley said the key to her success is offering a quality service at a fair and reasonable price.
“There are a lot of good operators around here,” she added. “I’ve always felt that if I can get you in my shop once or twice, you’ll keeping coming back.”
She said the foundation of her business is longtime customers.
“The people who sit in my chair are not customers and they are more than friends,” she explained. “They have become family. I see them once a week and I keep up with what’s going on in their life. Not only do I care about them, they care about me.”
Virginia’s Beauty Shop offers shampoo and set, perms, color, hi-lights and a blow-dry style. She also cuts men’s hair.
Langley prefers appointments, but walk-ins are welcome if they are willing to wait.
“The best part of my job is seeing people smile when I get finished,” said Langley. “Making people feel better about themselves is what I do.”
Owner: Virginia Langley.
Location: 467 West Madison, Houston and 2555 Hwy. 389, Woodland
Hours: Wed. 8-11, Thu. 8-until, Fri. 8-4 and Sat. 8-noon at Sparta.
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