Deborah Margaret Crawford served truffles and roses to clients who joined her Wednesday, Oct. 21, to help celebrate 30 years of continuous hair styling at her salon, The Hair Circuit Salon, at 344 Tanbark Ave. She came to Brookings two years earlier, straight from completion of her training and licensing, but didn’t move into her present location until 1979.
Hair Circuit owner Deborah Margaret Crawford, center, celebrates 30 years of continuous service at hear Brookings salon with customers, some of whom have been coming to her for 29 years. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
A number of her current clients have been regulars at The Hair Circuit since the opening.Two of the long-term customers who joined the celebration last week, Leo Bridges and Dave Scott, said they have been steady clients for 29 years. Other faithful clients who came to celebrate with Deborah Margaret included those who said they have enjoyed her solicitous care for anywhere from three to 30 years.
Some indicated that the reason they enjoy trusting their hair care to her is because she obviously enjoys making them happy with their personal appearance, and because she has become a treasured friend over the years.
They all agreed that, when they walk through her red door, Deborah Margaret always makes them feel pampered and cozy in her intimate little salon.
She declared that said she knew the career she wanted to have from the time she was very young, as early as the second grade. “I practiced on my little sisters,” she said. While still in high school she shadowed experienced hairdressers in her hometown of Tillamook, and, she is continuing that mentoring program by allowing budding young hair stylists in Brookings to shadow her.
“I love going to work every day,” she said. “I enjoy the friendship and making someone’s day better because of how they look.”
She said that she has never looked back, but always forward, working hard to keep up with all of the new trends and new products and to provide the best possible service to her clients.
Hair styling has changed many times over the years, and Deborah Margaret said she has always gone to hair shows to make sure that she has the latest equipment and training to share with her customers.
She added, however, with the current downturn in the economy, many of the hair shows are no longer being offered but she has found the next best training tool to be Internet education that offers information about all of the newest trends.
“I feel very fortunate because I really enjoy my work and I have my own studio and am able to run it the way I want to in order to please my clients,” she said.
Her longest-running client, Betty Major, who was unable to attend the celebration, said in a telephone interview about her continued patronage, “She always does a wonderful job with my hair. It’s difficult because it is so naturally curly and she always knows just what to do.”
Deborah Margaret’s business is listed as “Hair Circuit The Color Specialist,” and the telephone number is 541-469-5412.
The shop is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.