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Liberty Hair fills a need in community

Rachel Major spent much of her eight-year career as a hair stylist working in salons, but with the rising cost of childcare, she had no choice but to stop working and be a stay-at-home-mom for her boys, now ages three and five. That left Major and her family to rely solely on her husband’s income.

Then, when Liberty’s only barber retired during COVID, Major and her father, Rick Foresman, saw an opportunity to fill a need in the community. Foresman already had plans to build a garage on his property, so he built an oversized garage which included space for a salon.

“I’m on my dad’s property, he wanted to have a garage and he had the space to be able to add a salon onto it, so he helped me open up shop and get everything in here for me,” said Major.

Childcare costs have soared during COVID, largely due to facilities not being able to take as many children and passing that cost onto families.

Major opened Liberty Hair on her parent’s property in February 2022. She now drives the 20 miles from her home in Cogan Station to Liberty five days a week so she can work for herself and make her own hours. The boys’ grandmother provides childcare while she works.

Foresman noted that the Liberty area went without a barber for two years, and the community has been extremely receptive to Major and very excited that they do not have to travel 15-20 miles for a haircut.

“Almost every person that has walked in the door has come back as a repeat customer,” said Foresman.

Major enjoys cutting hair for men, women, and children and that is what she is focused on right now. She also offers washing and drying services and will also start to offer waxing soon. She may expand her services down the road to include color.

Major feels that her price point is a driving factor for her business. Men’s and women’s short haircuts are $10, longer hair is $15, and a kid’s cut is $8. Major wants to keep her prices reasonable for those that cannot afford higher prices, especially senior citizens on fixed incomes. Many people have told her she needs to raise her prices, but Major does not see the need.

Foresman said that while people can go without haircuts in a time where the price of everything is going up, they do not have to with Major’s prices and they can take pride in doing that for themselves.

Liberty Hair is conveniently located a half mile off the Liberty exit of Route 15 at 8727 State Rt. 414 and takes walk-ins and appointments. You can find out more information about Liberty Hair on Facebook and Instagram. Appointments can be made via Facebook or by calling 570-532-8095. Operating hours are 7 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Saturday.

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