The Ashland Beacon
On March 17, 2014, Vicki and the late Mark Pratt, owners of My Dad’s Pizza in Flatwoods, graciously opened the building space at 1007 Argillite Road for the hair salon All About Hair.
One of the first stylists to open the salon would be the Pratts’ daughter Kindra Steele, and a few months later Sarah Williams would join (a former co-worker of Steele’s), then two years later Madison Mauk. Among these three, they share many talents of which customers reap the benefits.
Specializing in men’s and kid’s cuts, Williams is amazing to watch in action. Not just anyone can cut children’s hair, but she has the gift of keeping them in the chair and calming them with her sweet voice.
Williams, from Wurtland, shares, “I’ve actually had somebody get emotional in my chair after doing a color and cut service who was overwhelmed with joy because she had been to many other salons that had not given her the results she wanted.”
Mauk specializes in color, especially blonding. One technique she uses is called Balayage which uses highlighting to create a graduated natural effect.
Not only does Mauk specialize in color for hair, but she also specializes in gel nails.
One could say hairstyling is in Mauk’s “roots.” She is actually a third-generation hairdresser – first her great-grandmother, her grandmother and now her.
As a child, Mauk’s grandmother would take her down to her shop and let her practice on her hair, and Mauk was able to give her grandfather her first haircut as a hairdresser.
Even though it may get busy, especially during homecoming, prom, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, special clients can make a difference.
Mauk, of Worthington, recollects one such instance, “My client knew I had a rough week and blessed me with a generous tip.”
Williams says, “When having a bad day, someone comes into the shop to say they love their hair. Then it makes your day better, and you know you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Right now, Steele is out of the salon enjoying being a new mother to her four-month-old baby boy, but when she is there she specializes in men’s cuts.
Mauk says, “It doesn’t feel like a salon, it’s a home away from home.”
“It’s flexible with our family and lifestyle,” adds Williams.
Williams and Mauk are so very thankful for the support that the late Mark Pratt has given them throughout the years.
Despite standing for long hours, the wear and tear on their shoulders, these ladies still manage to keep their senses of humor and smiles on their faces for their customers.
All About Hair is open Tuesday – Saturday by appointment by calling 606.393.0960.