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December 3, 2012

‘Updo’ hair queen marks 50 years in business

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NORMAN —

“I have learned so much just being able to work with these great people and so many more. I have worked with wonderful people,” Heavner said.

Her work wasn’t only well known in Norman. One former client who lived in Dallas would invite her to house parties at her home to do her friends’ hair.

“It was unreal what Texas women will leave on the table when it comes to their hair,” she said, recalling that she never mentioned a price for the updos they wanted but relied on their generosity. She earned hundreds of dollars at those two-day events, “and they treated me like I was a celebrity.”

She was so well-respected for her hair color expertise that she was employed for several years teaching at hair shows in Chicago, St. Louis and other cities.

Beauty pageant contestants have taken her with them to the pageant city, and her work has adorned many pageant winners. She even was hired for several years to go to El Paso, Texas, to style the hair of contestants in the Miss USA contest.

“I loved seeing their dresses, too. Love it. Love it,” she said.

Doing the hairdos of brides and their attendants has given her a lot of great memories. She smiled as she recalled brides and their attendants crowding into the salon on wedding day and she would produce updos for all, with the help of an assistant.

“I ask them to come with their hair clean and dry,” and we have a great time, Heavner said.

Sometimes she did two weddings in one week.

“I could curl and swoop all day. And I am always the loudest one in the salon,” Heavner said.

Once while doing the bride’s hair, she learned that through a snafu in planning, the bride didn’t have dresses for her attendants. Heavner made calls to two sorority houses, which produced an ensemble of black dresses for six attendants. A lovely wedding was enjoyed by all.

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