Charlotte hairstylist scores big with Mike Rowe on ‘Dirty Jobs’


Allyssa Hagaman immediately recognized the man who entered The CUT hair salon in downtown Charlotte for a haircut on Friday.

Or so she thought, the 26-year-old stylist told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.

He really looked like the guy her dad watches on TV, she said.

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“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe’s hair was all over the place before entering The CUT Barbershop in downtown Charlotte on Friday, May 20, 2022. FACEBOOK

“I thought he looked like mike rowebut I didn’t know,” she said of the Discovery Channel series host “dirty jobs.”

When he started talking, she knew for sure, Hagaman said. But still, was he? she wondered.

“You might as well tell me,” Hagaman told him.

“Yes, that’s me,” he replied.

And so began the good-natured joke that Rowe detailed in a message to his 5.9 million Facebook followers – with before and after selfies of her hair.

Hagaman, in a phone interview with the Observer, added the word “sarcastic” to describe their jokes.

Rowe was her second customer at the boutique she joined just three weeks ago after owner and founder Jill Matthews called her, she said. Hagaman also does hair at Elements in Mooresville.

“I literally just hired him,” Matthews told the Observer.

Hagaman was never afraid to cut Rowe’s hair, she said. Rowe is so modest and down-to-earth that it “was like talking with an old friend,” she said.

Rowe was in Charlotte filming his show when he realized he needed a cut, he posted on Friday afternoon. His hair is all over the “before” selfie he posted on Facebook.

Quickly realised, ‘she’s a smart aleck’

As Rowe recounted on Facebook, the conversation started with Hagaman asking, “Would you rather I use scissors or clippers?”

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Rowe replied. “What are you most comfortable with?”

“Allyssa shrugged,” Rowe continued. “‘I’m not sure. It’s my first day and you’re only my second client. I guess I might like to try the scissors…if that’s okay with you.

Rowe said he looked at her expression in the mirror and concluded, “She’s very smart.”

“No problem,” Rowe replied. “But I have to tell you that I have hemophilia. If you cut me, I might bleed.

“‘Oh well,’ Rowe said. Hagaman fired back. ‘I like a challenge.’

She found herself naturally fitting into the sarcastic flow of the conversation, as if they were old pals, Hagaman told the Observer.

“He’s a very nice man,” she said.

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“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe takes a selfie with Allyssa Hagaman, the Harrisburg, North Carolina stylist who saved her hair at the CUT Barbershop in downtown Charlotte on Friday, May 20, 2022. FACEBOOK

She works three jobs

As Hagaman walked away, Rowe said on Facebook, she inquired about the show and said it was her father’s favorite. He never misses an episode, she says.

“I complimented her on her dad’s taste for TV shows,” Rowe said. “Then I asked her about her work and if she liked it.”

” Which ? Rowe said as she responded.

“How many do you have?” He asked.

“Three,” she said. “I have this one, but I also work at a salon in Mooresville called Elements. And I work as a hostess, of sorts, at an Italian restaurant in Huntersville called Antico.”

“Kind of?” said Rowe.

“Well, technically I’m the hostess, but really, I do whatever needs to be done,” she replied. “Most of the time I deal with clients who, you know, need to be dealt with.”

“Interesting,” Rowe replied. “Do you use the scissors on them too?”

“I am often tempted,” she replied.

Rowe titled her post “Allyssa has three jobs.”

And she loves all three, Hagaman told the Observer.

Nursing traded for hair

Hagaman attended nursing school in Sentara College in her hometown of Chesapeake, Va., but decided to move to the Charlotte area five years ago to work at Anticoher aunt and uncle’s Italian restaurant, she says.

And deciding what to do with the rest of his life, said Hagaman, who lives in Harrisburg.

She had worked at a Chesapeake hair salon when she was 15, Hagaman said, and remembered the joy she felt.

As a nurse, you look after a patient for a day or two and never see them again, and it’s often sad because of their condition, she said. Clients for whom you cut hair? You can bond with everyone for the duration of your career, she said.

She got it associate degree in cosmetology from Central Piedmont Community College 2 and a half years ago and I have never looked back.

Hagaman’s days are filled working varied shifts, but only because she loves all three and keeps busy, she said.

In his post, Rowe said he told Hagaman he intended to expand his fellowship program next year to include cosmetology.

Rowe said he also asked “why are so many able-bodied people his age not working, when so many companies are hiring.”

“You would have to ask them,” she replied. “Personally, I like to work. Me too.”

‘Big cup, fair price’ and beer

When Hagaman finished cutting his hair, Rowe posted, “there was a pile of salt and pepper hair at my feet.”

” What do you mean ? he said, Hagaman asked.

“I thought about asking her if she could put some more on, but she was still armed with scissors, so I said, ‘That’s exactly what I needed. “”

“Because it was,” Rowe said. “It was a good cut at a reasonable price ($35) at a hair salon that serves cold beer, made even better by a bubbly chat on a hot day with a 26-year-old woman who works three jobs.”

Social networks praise the hairdresser

As of Sunday afternoon, Rowe’s haircut posts had attracted more than 193,000 likes and 8,000 comments on Facebook, 28,000 likes on instagram and 2,800 likes on Twitter.

“Anyone who can make you look even better can cut my hair anytime,” one woman posted on Facebook. “Come on Alyssa! What a beautiful hairdresser too!

“Allyssa did a fabulous job on your hair!!” another woman posted. ” You look well ! She is so cute! A hard working girl deserves all the best!

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.


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