Haney Salon students now taking in-person appointments

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 8:27 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -

Some local students are literally turning heads and now you can get in on the action.

For the first time in close to three years, Haney Technical College is allowing community members to make in-person appointments.

“Because of the hurricane (Michael) and COVID and then just one thing after the other. But we’re back now where we’re supposed to be and doing what we’re supposed to be doing,” said Haney cosmetology instructor Virginia York.

The students are just as excited.

“We have a receptionist here and you have to sign in through the office and you just come in and get your manicure, pedicure, facial and we obviously do hair services,” said student Sophia Perrett.

Perrett knew she wanted to be a cosmetologist when she was about 13.

“I came here (Haney Salon) for an 8th-grade dance that I was having. My friends and I all got together and came here and got our nails done and our hair done and we all felt so pretty,” said Perrett.

" I thought to myself well I would love to do this for a living. Making people feel beautiful would be an awesome job to do for a living.”

She and the 50 other students are about to wrap up the year-long course where half is classwork and the other half is salon work.

“You don’t have to have a lot of experience coming into our program,” said Perrett. “All of our teachers prepare us really well for state boards at the end.”

If you think it’s an easy course think again.

“We have to have 300 styles and 75 haircuts and I believe it’s 65 colors. A certain amount of sets and perms as well,” said Perrett. “And an instructor basically has to approve our mannequins and make sure our work is up to par before we work on our clients that come in.”

Long-time cosmetology instructor Virginia York was quick to point out they are a full-service salon.

“We provide services Monday through Friday from 7:30 until about 1:00,” said York. “You can request a stylist but if you come in and don’t have a request we will place you with somebody.”

Pricing depends on the service that’s being received. During a time where sticker shock runs rampant... these prices will make you stop in your tracks.

“You’d probably be shocked at what we charge,” said York. “We’re not here actually to make a lot of money, we’re here for education.”

“I would definitely encourage others to come and join Haney,” said Perrett. “I feel like it’s really prepared us a lot for getting into the real world.. getting into a salon.

If you’re concerned about a student having control of your face or hair, don’t be.

“There are three cosmetologists here and one to two of us is on the floor at all times so you can rest assured and have comfort there,” said York.

“We have an amazing group of girls that would love to do your hair and your nails,” said Perrett. “So if you have any special events coming up or you just want to get your hair done and feel beautiful we’d love to see you.”

After nearly 30 years at Haney, York is retiring. Last week the school renamed the salon and spa in her honor.

If you’re interested in making an appointment just call 850-767-5500.

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