Hairdresser ends career with service for first customer

By AMY WHITFIELD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

From the big tease to permanents, Sherry Noel, 57, has seen and done it all as a hairdresser for the past 39 years.

But Saturday she hung up her rollers and set a perm one last time for a special customer who's been with her every inch of the way.

It was 1965 and 18-year-old Sherry Noel was fresh out of beauty school, when Wanda Lippert, now 69, walked into Pegg's Petite Parlor in Owenton as her first customer.

Completing a full circle, Lippert walked out of Jan-How Salon on Highway 127 South Saturday as Noel's last appointment as well as a life-long friend.

Noel, who's retiring due to knee surgery in February, said she didn't even think about Lippert also being her first customer, when she scheduled her for Saturday. It just happened that way.

"She was my very first standing appointment," the red-haired Noel said as she rolled up Lippert's hair for a permanent. "I remember we had teased hair back then."

Lippert shook her head as they recalled the different hairstyles of the past four decades. She said she first started going to Noel because her regular hair stylist - Noel's cousin and salon owner Peggy Richardson - was booked up one day. From that day she liked what Noel did and returned as a regular customer.

"At that time women were going to the beauty salon every week," Lippert said. "I've gone to others over the years when Sherry was out for some reason, but I've always gone back to Sherry."

In 1967 Noel and her husband Bill moved to Frankfort and she started work at Janie's Mirror Room, which then became Jan-How Salon on East Main.

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