Cheryl Chance started her career as a hair stylist in 1987 when she worked as a colorist for the Framesi product line. She is now the owner of her own studio -- Colorz Salon.
"Opening my own salon has been a dream," said Chance.
Chance is starting to settle into the space she and husband Craig have been renovating since October. "Every Sunday we are in here finishing up."
So far, they have brought in new equipment, repainted and are in the process of setting up a private room for pedicures.
According to Chance, who is also a nail technician, Colorz clients will feel like they are "queen for a day" when they spend an hour or two in the luxurious spa massage chair.
A foot massage and a paraffin dip are included in the pedicure.
Reflexology can also be part of the service nail technician Christina Jones provides her clients in the new salon.
JulieDon Peterson and Maggie Whelan round out the hair styling team.
Colorz is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until however late a particular stylist wants to stay for her client. Sometimes the staff is at the shop pretty late, Chance said.
Chance's mother encouraged her to become a cosmetologist after her graduation from Payson High School. Her first big job was for Italian-based Framesi.
"When I worked for Framesi, I prepped runway models for big hair shows."
She traveled around the country for Framesi, teaching stylists how to color hair.
"I would teach them, then they would do a hands-on model," she said. "I liked seeing the end results of what the stylists learned in class and their new confidence in their ability to color hair.
"I think coloring is an art. You have to know skin tones and techniques and different things to make the hair look natural, or unnatural, whatever you and your client desire," said Chance.
In her experience, hair stylists are often gifted in a particular area. While one stylist's forte might be perms, another's is cutting. Chance loves the art of color.
She also loves teaching. She took a hiatus from hair styling, returned to school and obtained her elementary education degree. For a total of five years, she taught in the Rim Country, at Pine and Julia Randall Elementary schools.
Although she said she enjoyed teaching first-, second- and fourth-graders, she is excited that her dream of owning her own salon has come true.
Colorz Salon is located at 132 E. Highway 260 in the Bashas' Shopping Center. Appointments can be made by calling (928) 468-6466.