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CANA — Laid off from teaching cosmetology at Mitchell Community College, Peggy Haynes set out to style her own business.
"I decided I need to create my own job," she explained to The Gazette. IStyle Hair Salon on U.S. 52 in Cana was the result.
Haynes has been a cosmetologist for 28 years.
When she discussed the idea with friends and family, Haynes found support from husband Joey, as well as Carroll Supervisor Manus McMillian and business developers at the Crossroads Institute.
The business developers helped Haynes get new equipment in order to pursue her idea of starting her own school.
"I had in mind a small school for new students or apprentice students," Haynes explained. "I wanted to keep my prices for service at affordable costs for our community.
"I saw a need for this because most people in our area had been laid off from jobs and we have a lot of senior citizens."
Haynes and her students go to Golden Living in Mount Airy, N.C., and care for the residents' hair, nails and skin, she said. The students get to count this as experience towards their state certification.
"IStyle Hair Salon and Continuing Education Academy will offer high-quality full salon service, but the centerpiece of the business will be its educational program," according to information from Crossroads. "Students will go through an 800-hour program which teaches beginning and advanced skills in hair, nail and skin care. At the end of the program, they will be prepared with all the skills they need to become successful cosmetologists."
"I want to thank all of them — my family, church family, friends and the community — for all the support they give me," Haynes said.
• For more information about I Style, call (276) 755-HAIR.