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Farmer Retiring, Thankful For 28 Years At Shear Image

Posted 12/7/2017

By Pilar MartinBRENDA Farmer closed the doors of Shear Image last Friday after 28 years of running the salon in Halstead.BRENDA Farmer closed the doors of Shear Image last Friday after 28 years of running the salon in Halstead.

HALSTEAD—Brenda Farmer has put down her scissors and closed the door on Shear Image. Farmer began her business at the shop located at 261 Main 28 years ago.

Farmer didn’t have dreams as a young girl of being a hairdresser.

“I had a sister-in-law that got me started,” she said.

She learned her craft at Vernon’s beauty school in Wichita before taking over the shop on Halstead’s Main Street.

She and her husband, Sam, have lived in Halstead since 1979 so their three daughters could attend a smaller school district. She waited until her daughters were in school before she started learning her new career.

Farmer took over the shop—then named Katie’s—in 1990.

“I changed the name because Katie wasn’t my name,” Farmer said with a chuckle. Farmer and her husband had updated the Shear Image shop a couple of times since they have owned it.

She said not that much has changed in all her years of doing hair.

“Perms, especially spiral perms were big when I started,” she said. “In the past few years, it’s been more about color. You can see trends coming from watching television and movies. Kansas is usually a couple of years behind the coasts.”

Farmer said she is retiring now because she can, not because she has to. She and her husband of 43 years plan to do a little traveling.

“It’s hard leaving,” she said. “My girls felt like they grew up in this space. And some of my customers I have had for 28 years. It’s hard to let them go.”

Farmer was at the shop until 5 p.m. last Friday, when her reign ended. She has been talking to prospective buyers, and hopes someone will move into the spot.

“I just want to thank everyone for their years of service, and more importantly the opportunity to be a part of their lives,” Farmer said.