Nita's Boutique celebrates 35 years
ASHEBORO, May 03, 2013 (The Courier-Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Anita Bobo graduated from Asheboro High School on a Friday night and started her next level of education the following Monday at Asheboro Beauty School. She became the first licensed cosmetologist in Randolph County. When other kids her age were out having fun, she was busy setting for a career that would last for decades.
On April 29, Nita's Boutique celebrated its 35th year in business.
Five years after Bobo opened her shop, her mother went to work with her. Judy Trogdon just celebrated 30 years styling hair.
Mother and daughter are passionate about helping their customers. Both are full of energy. Bobo works six days a week usually. To keep up the pace, Bobo and Trogdon make sure their feet are comfortable. They were Sketchers.
"Oh, I have one in every color," said Bobo. She was rolling a permanent, quickly wrapping each lock around a tiny yellow curler.
Bobo loves color and enjoys her wild side. When customers came in and wanted pink, purple and green hair, she didn't flinch.
"I'm up for any challenge," she grinned. "That what I love about my career."
Bobo and Trogdon say hair hasn't changed in the past 35 years. Styles are cyclical; trends change. Bobo said that his year girls getting ready for the high school proms wanted their hair braided. She said someone had seen a photo of braided hair, so all the girls wanted that style.
Bobo said permanents haven't really changed.
"We still give a lot of them," Trogdon explained. "People think perms are out. No, they're still very popular. Rod styles and shapes have changed, but not the idea of getting a perm."
But color has changed.
"Actually, it's the way we do it that has changed," Bobo explained. "There's the two-toning with the lighter and darker shades, split colors with blonds and browns and then there are the pinks, blues and greens."
Bobo's prices haven't changed in the past 35 years. A haircut is still $15.
"I have been able to keep my prices down because I have very low overhead. I know of some cosmetologists who pay $5,000 a month for rent. I have been in the same location since I started and don't have high expenses. That way, I can keep my prices the same. I have not raised them."
The hours at Nita's Boutique are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until the last customer is finished. She schedules Saturday for special occasions and usually is doing hair styles all day long.
"Customers want their hair done for birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, proms and other special occasions. And, we go to customers' homes in case of emergency, such as a funeral. We also go to funeral homes to fix up the body. Not many newcomers in the beauty business want to do that," Bobo said.
"And we go to nursing homes. We have two of our customers now who are in nursing homes and we go there to do their hair," Trogdon added.
Bobo has been a mentor for senior high school projects for years.
"The girls see the beauty of hair design and the fun of the work, but they often don't understand the dimensions and versatility of the job. They don't like going to the funeral home to do a deceased's hair and make-up," she said.
Bobo works many long hours. What does she do for fun
"Every week, we go dancing at Candy Brooks' studio. We'll be doing a mother, father and daughter recital this year," Trogdon said.
Nita's Boutique is located at 514 E. Dorsett St. in Asheboro. For information, call (336) 629-6797.
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