Judy Chapman of Cutting Edge Hair Salon in John Day is back “behind the chair” with 44 years of experience.
Her attempt at retirement last fall lasted all of six months. When she saw an advertisement for the salon, located at 150 SE Dayton St., she jumped at the chance, eager to get back to her career.
“I got bored and missed doing hair,” she said.
Chapman moved from McMinnville to Seneca to retire and be near her two brothers, who are also in retirement in Seneca, a place their family visited in their younger years.
She opened her business on April 1.
Chapman said she likes to make hair appointments pleasant for her clients, and her work has a calming effect for her as well.
“It’s relaxing to cut people’s hair,” she said. “I enjoy it.”
She worked 10 years in McMinnville and before that owned a salon for 25 years in Willamina.
“Over there, I worked six days a week for 12 hours a day,” she said.
She’s also a licensed esthetics and hair design instructor, but she said she prefers styling clients’ hair to teaching.
Chapman offers a full-service hair salon for the entire family, including haircuts, shampoo and set, hair color (including weaves), perms and spiral perms as well as updos and facial waxing.
“I’ve kept up with all the styles over the years,” she said.
Chapman helped style hair for several generations of a family for a wedding last year, she said, and she also styles hair for proms. In her work, seeing the before-and-after difference is satisfying, she said, adding she especially enjoys coloring hair.
The six months of retirement is the longest she’s been away from hairstyling, and she said she’s glad to be back at it.
“I like the people here,” she said. “It’s a friendly place. I’m looking forward to meeting the people of Grant County.”
Chapman said she wants to offer a peaceful relaxing place for her clients.
“If they want, they can stop by and have a cup of coffee,” she said. “I like how people become a part of your family.”
Cutting Edge Hair Salon is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and additional times by appointment, Wednesdays through Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome.
In mid-May, she plans to increase the days open to Mondays through Saturdays.
To contact Chapman for an appointment, call 541-575-1097. Chapman shares a space with nail technician Tasha Marciel, who works evenings and weekends with an established clientele.