By Starrla Cray
WINSTED About a year ago, Nicole Guennigsmann asked Sharon Hecksel if she could use another stylist at Sharon’s Beauty Salon in Winsted. Hecksel looked at Guennigsmann’s credentials which included more than 10 years as a district manager overseeing seven salons and gave her the job.
Now, Guennigsmann has purchased the salon from Hecksel, an arrangement that suits both women perfectly.
“I get all the aspects I like,” Guennigsmann said, explaining that she not only gets to do hair, but is also able to be in charge of the salon’s finances, marketing, and management.
“And I don’t have to do any of it anymore,” Hecksel added cheerfully.
Hecksel is now employed as a stylist, along with Michelle Harwood and Tamara Vergin.
“When we’re all working, it gets pretty noisy in here; it’s fun,” Hecksel commented.
Hecksel has been a hairdresser since 1969, and has had her own salon since 1976. The business moved to different places in Winsted through the years, and its current address is 135 1st St. N.
Now that Guennigsmann is the owner, the salon has a new name All Generations Salon. The salon has clients of all ages, including many from older generations.
Two mornings each week, Guennigsmann does hair for residents at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted. Guennigsmann has a background in nursing, and doing hair while spending time at a nursing home gives her “the best of both worlds.”
Cosmetology has been a passion for Guennigsmann since she was a young girl. She remembers learning about hair from her older sister (who also became a hairdresser), and she loved visiting salons when she had the chance.
Guennigsmann describes salons as places where people can have open conversations and receive support. In today’s electronics-focused society, Guennigsmann said it’s especially important to take time to meet with others.
“In this industry, you’ll never lose that one-on-one connection with people,” she said.
For Guennigsmann, doing hair is a way she can help people feel good about themselves. Guennigsmann also enjoys being able to create her own schedule and have more time for family. She and her husband, Dean, have two children Easton, 6; and Deklan, 5.
All Generations Salon is planning a customer appreciation day Friday, Dec. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m., with coupons and homemade cookies. To learn more about the salon or to schedule an appointment, call (763) 226-6913.