“We had known other hairdressers, Loretta and I had, and we saw how hard they worked. They had their own salons and we just didn’t want to go there,” Shorty said.
But there was still that feeling all four women had of being pushed into opening a salon.
“God showed us exactly what the salon was supposed to look like. This was two different units and that archway, that was in the picture I saw. And he also showed us these skinny windows on the southside. And the color scheme,” Shorty said.
Through prayer and scripture, the women believe that God gave them the location, the right equipment and the strength.
“They told us it would take five to six weeks to get the equipment, but on faith, we ordered it and it arrived in four weeks,” Loretta said.
As with any new adventure, there were struggles. The women had a hard time finding carpet and other items necessary to open the salon.
“We were making it hard, but the good Lord was ahead of us with his angels,” Allene said.
The women even say that God gave them the idea to name the salon KLAS, which is the first letter of the original owner’s first names.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every matter or purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted.”
— Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Through the years, the women not only grew a stronger bond with each other, but they grew through Christ. Kaye left the salon several years ago, but KLAS continued to grow.
“We have been blessed to have Janie and Malinda working in our salon for several years. We have been through so much sickness and death together,” Loretta said. “When one rejoices, we all rejoice and when one mourns, we all mourn.”