Lynn Everts started cutting hair for her friends when she was in college. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she appreciated the creative side of the industry. After working for other people for two decades, Everts decided to open Scruples Hair Design 10 years ago. Over the past decade, Scruples has added services including facials and massages. When the original salon got too small two years ago, Everts moved his business to its current location on Horton Road. Shannon Maynard recently met with Everts to discuss the case.
Question: What does Scruples offer?
LE: We do the hair – cut, style, color, perm. We do hair extensions, manicures, pedicures, facials, eyelash extensions, makeup and massage. We go from very small to very old customers. We will be opening a store by this summer. … We will have furniture, clothes, jewelry, scarves (at the store).
Question: Why do you want to have a store with your living room?
LE: I like supporting businesses in the area. I get complimented on the way I dress all the time and people don’t think I’m shopping in Jackson. I go shopping in Jackson. You just need to know how to shop and how to shop wisely. I am a professional buyer and find such great deals. I go shopping there and when I find some good deals I will bring them and sell them here. … Women love to shop, so when they can come in, they can go shopping. I also want to show people that they can go shopping without spending a fortune on clothes.
Scruples hair design
1515 Horton Road.
Phone number: 784-8717
Quick fact: The fastest growing and most used spa services are pedicures, facial hair removal, and simple relaxation services.
Question: What makes your living room unique?
LE: Certainly professionalism and customer service. And we have stylists of all ages. We really care about our customers. Most of us have been doing our hair for a long time and we have had strong relationships with many of our guests. We all get along and there isn’t any of that biting down the back.
Question: Why did you choose the name Scruples for your living room?
LE: Because a lot of business people have no qualms.
Question: Your stylists donate their time each month to cut the hair of the men at the John George House. Why was this a place you wanted to get involved?
LE: We just like to give back to the community. â¦ There are 35 men (at home) and the staff and the other 35 men are usually the only people they see. Many of these men never leave. They only go out if they go on a doctor’s appointment. … It’s our hearts. We are very compassionate people. When you walk through the door and they are all lined up waiting for you, you feel good.
Question: What effect has technology had on the hair industry?
LE: With technology, they keep coming up with better things. It’s amazing what they can do these days. They just came out with a treatment which is phenomenal. It makes fine hair look so full. Every two months it seems like new things are coming out. Things are getting better and better.
Question: What is the most popular service you offer at Scruples?
LE: I am thinking of the color. The color is big right now. We love to color. You can go from a bit of color to the ensemble, covering gray to the trendy color where it’s vibrant reds and purples. You can do subtle highlighting. This is where you can get a little more creative.
Question: What is the biggest challenge your business is currently facing?
LE: Help new girls grow up. In the atmosphere of a chair rental salon, being independent is more difficult for them. (Not only help them grow but) also train them. When you’re at school, that’s one thing. When you leave school, that’s where your real training begins. At school, it’s not like when you go out into the living room.
Question: What is the greatest strength of your business?
LE: Our knowledge. The knowledge we have and our expertise in hairdressing.
Question: What are your future goals for the show?
LE: For everyone to be successful and rich in life. And I’m not necessarily talking about monetary things; happiness and fulfillment in life. We are definitely like family. I hope to grow more. The most important thing for me is that everyone here is successful. My life is enriched when everyone is successful. Its important to me.