Salon Deepens Roots In Rim Country

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The Kutting Edge Hair Salon is one of the newer shops in the large field of companies catering to the beauty of Rim country residents.

Valerie Bianculli started the shop on Main Street about two years ago and then moved it to the Ponderosa Village Shopping Center a year ago, a couple of doors west of Safeway.

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Kutting Edge owner Valerie Bianculli, left, and stylists Penny Germany and Nicki Shiflett, seated, invite residents to stop in the salon at Ponderosa Village, and give their work a try.

"I'm from New York City and I came here with my boyfriend when he retired," Bianculli said. She has been in Payson about three years now, but she has been in the hair business for 26 years, working not only in New York City, but in Asheville, N.C. as well.

"What makes my salon different from others in town -- we specialize in color, perms and cuts," Bianculli said. "We will be doing facial waxing soon and we do walk-ins. You don't have to wait a month to get in, you can make an appointment and get in the same day."

She makes a special effort to stay current on changes in the coloring industry. Bianculli goes to hair shows whenever she can to see the changes being made in hair color products. Most recently she went to a show in Phoenix in October, and plans to attend one in July in Las Vegas.

She has two other stylists working with her. The staff will have a female barber joining in a couple of weeks, she said, with three more stylists coming on board in July.

The Kutting Edge Hair Salon is open Monday through Saturday, but times vary depending on when the stylists are available. They set their own hours and prices because they rent space from Bianculli.

"I still have stations open for any stylists that would like to work in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere," Bianculli said. "It's a good location."

Bianculli said she went into the hair business because she is a people person.

"I like making people look good," she said.

That also is one of the rewards of her work. It is also rewarding when clients refer others to her and knowing people like the atmosphere in her shop.

The Kutting Edge Hair Salon is at 309 E. Highway 260.

Call (928) 468-1934 for more information or to make an appointment.

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