Amanda Ruff has returned to Payson, her hometown, with a cosmetology degree from the Aveda Institute, ready to begin her career in the town where she grew up.
"I was always the girl creating hair-dos for my friends," Ruff said.
Now, they can find her at Kutting Edge Salon in the Safeway Shopping Center.
"I like this small town," she said. "It's friendly. I like the people and the atmosphere."
Ruff has always been interested in the beauty industry, even when she was a Payson High School student and her maiden name was Lombard.
"I am young and I bring the newest fashion trends into my work," she said. "A lot of girls like getting highlights. Reds are in.
"Short, sassy haircuts, razor texturing and fringe outlining the face, are in right now."
She said she does a lot of "point cutting" with a razor to soften the fringe.
Fade cuts, where hair is cut shorter on the bottom and long on top, and frosting the tips of hair is still in style for guys.
Foil weaves are her specialty.
"I love doing weaves," she said. "I like the way the contrasting colors give hair dimension."
For a "natural look," she recommends adding no more than two colors to a person's natural hair color.
According to Ruff, weaving dark hair with lighter colors brighten up a woman's skin tone. Weaving can make fine hair look fuller or thick hair look less bulky.
"All over color can also make fine hair look thicker," she said.
In Ruff's opinion, hair color should complement skin tone.
"If you have pale skin I wouldn't go too dark (with color) because it makes you look harsh," she said. "I could highlight the hair to brighten the skin and bring out the eyes. As you get older you want to lighten it up a bit because dark colors tend to bring out age lines."
Conversely, with dark skin she recommends one of the "caramel" colors.
The product lines she uses are Vivitone and Aveda.
She chose Vivitone because the colors are true and the product leaves hair smooth and silky and Aveda because the organic oils in the conditioners make them good for every hair type.
Ruff takes appointments and walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the Kutting Edge. Call (928) 468-1934.