For 37 years Hair Affair has been serving the Waynedale community. In its third Waynedale site, Hair Affair at 6200 Bluffton Road, has been at its current location for eight years. Previously the salon was in two settings in Colony Shops. Each move has allowed the salon to grow both in size and in services.
The three co-owners, Kathy Frieburger, Karen McClain and Sherry Billings, met many years ago, while working as stylists at the same salon in Wayne Plaza. They united efforts to open Hair Affair in 1979. Each brings individual talents to the table and they share the day to day responsibilities of running the business. Although there were people who had doubts about the partnership being successful, 37 successful years has proven differently. Sherry comments “working together is a marriage of sorts, it is very much a team effort and we work as a family.”
Sherry Billings and her husband Gary are proud parents of five children and seven grandchildren. She grew up in Waynedale and is a huge Notre Dame fan. Sherry loves being outdoors and growing flowers.
Kathy Frieburger also grew up in Waynedale and is part of a large family in the area. She attended Bishop Luers and she, like the other co-owners, completed beauty school at Ravenscroft. She is married to husband Dale and they have four children, one grandson and another grandchild on the way. Kathy enjoys cooking, vintage shopping and antiquing. She shares Sherry’s passion for Notre Dame, she is also a fan of outdoors activities such as hiking.
Karen McClain is a Waynedale “Lifer”. She grew up in Belle Vista neighborhood and later moved to Avalon. She attended Maplewood Elementary and Miami Middle School then married her Wayne High School sweetheart. She and husband Mel recently celebrated 40 years together. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Karen likes golfing with Mel and spending time with the grandkids.
Hair Affair has long supported the Waynedale community in a variety of ways. They contribute baskets and gift certificates to local nonprofit organizations and church fundraisers and are a drop off site for Street Reach for the Homeless Ministry. They also volunteer at the Waynedale Picnic and the Kingston’s Taste of Waynedale.
They are proud members of the Waynedale Chamber of Business and sit on the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalks Initiative (WT&SI) Committee. Hair Affair owners can be found helping out on trail clean up days and, as a result of a spring fundraiser they hosted a couple of years back, $2,000 was donated to the WT&SI coffers. The co-owners also sponsor a trunk at the annual Trunk or Treat trails fundraiser. Kathy states, “the new trails and sidewalks slated for Bluffton Road are very exciting. There is a great need for accessibility and we are happy to continue to support this important project for the Waynedale community.”
With 17 employees, Hair Affair provides a wide variety of services including hair salon, waxing, manicures, pedicures, styling, facials, and therapeutic massages. Proud of their long term, experienced stylists, the main focus for Hair Affair is on quality customer service and a personal touch. Many of their stylists have the privilege of serving three generations of clients. Karen shares “each of us loves coming to work every day, our goal is to make people feel good about themselves on the inside and out.”
Looking to the future, Hair Affair will soon embark on a new wellness program offering both equipment and supplements to improve and maintain daily good health. You can be sure that with their dedication to commitment and quality, the three co-owners will make it successful.
To encourage and promote positive action in the area, this Community Spotlight column will highlight a different notable member of the community each month. If you or someone you know is a community leader and is an active volunteer in the Waynedale area, please nominate them by emailing email@example.com with details of how they are helping the community for consideration in an upcoming article.