A Stress-Free, Precision Cut At Payson Barber Shop

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Dennis Satterfield quit a 30-year career in radiology not to retire, but to become a barber.

"He needed a change," said his wife, Barbara. "I was a little nervous at first, but he was so excited about it."

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At the Payson Barber Shop, owner Dennis Satterfield, seated, or one of the other barbers, will cut your hair. Dennis' wife and co-owner, Barbara, keeps the books. She is self-employed as a pulmonary lung tester.

Then a year ago they decided they wanted to purchase the Payson Barber Shop.

"Dennis is the type of person that whatever he decides to do, it's going to work. It's going to happen," Barbara said.

Dennis first became interested in cutting hair when a friend who worked in the respiratory field quit her 25-year career and became a barber.

"She told him how much fun she had and how relaxed it was and how nice it was not being on call, so he started looking into it," said Barbara.

The career move gave Dennis freedom from stress and supervisors looking over his shoulder.

"I'm never on call," he said. "You don't get called in at three o'clock in the morning to do an emergency hair cut. When I worked at the hospital I was on call half my life. It was not if I was going to get called in, it was how many times per night."

The eight months of barber college were a "piece of cake" for the man who built his own Kit Fox airplane and rebuilt a 1960 Volvo.

"The Volvo was a hunk of junk, but he won first place the only time he showed it at a car show up here," Barbara said. "Last January he flew the plane he built in our garage for the first time." Dennis has been a pilot since 1967.

The difference between a barber and a cosmetologist is that a cosmetologist's emphasis is on what is done with the hair, like color and perms. A barber simply cuts hair.

"I have no idea what the most requested cut is but I think we do all the flat tops in town," Dennis said.

The tools of Dennis' trade are scissors, clippers and neck dusters, and his customers leave with the haircuts they request, like step cuts, spike and bur cuts.

"Squareback is just blunt across the back -- a straight line instead of a taper," Dennis said. "The Princeton Cut is from Princeton University. That's when they cut all of the hair real short except the part up in the front. They'd comb that to the side."

Barbers also trim necks and eyebrows and other unwanted facial hair but shaves are not a part of the barber business since the AIDS epidemic.

On Jan. 1, 2005, the Satterfield's bought the barbershop that won Best of Payson for several years running. Dennis has been cutting hair there since.

"J.J." has been working at the barber shop since Dec. 2004. Stacey Dixon came on in May 2005 and Dennis plans to add a fourth barber sometime this spring.

Man or woman, teen or child, the three barbers cut hair in all styles.

The Payson Barber Shop has been in the same location for 27 years, at 307 S. Beeline Highway, Suite K. It is next door to Famous Sam's. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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