Forty-two years is a long time to be a hair stylist, but that is how long Jolene Hosier in Alamo has been one.
Owner of Country Hair, Jolene said, “It was something I always wanted to do, even in high school, then I went to hair school in Las Vegas and learned the trade.”
After graduating from hair school, she worked in Las Vegas for a few years until her husband Bob got a job back up in Alamo, where he is from also.
“I just kind of did my family and friends in my home, and then when my kids started school, I started working again.”
In 1992, Hulda Sharp, Jolene’s grandmother gave her a building that had once served as the Alamo Post Office. “She had the property where my shop is now,” Jolene said, “and had a trailer there that was the post office. When the current post office was built, she bought the trailer back from the government, and told me I could have it to open a shop. We remodeled the inside and turned it into a beauty shop. In 2003, we brought in the new building we are in now, but still on the same spot as the old trailer.”
Ronda Smith is a nail technician working at the shop, and Kenna Gardner from Las Vegas, comes up once a month to also do hair.
Jolene, daughter of Joe and Dorlene Sharp in Alamo, says while the shop is a women’s salon, she does have some male customers.
After 42 years, Hosier says she might retire in 2015. but does not know what she might do with the shop.
Her daughter Emily Turley works as a hairdresser in Hawaii, and granddaughter Bailee Hosier is going to hair school this fall, possibly in Las Vegas.