“I went to a tiny Christian college in Florida and my career options there becoming a teacher or counselor. After my Freshman year I was feeling really limited by these options and I talked to my Mother about it. She suggested I go to cosmetology school and I am sure she suggested it to me because I am a woman. I don’t think she would have suggested it to my brother. But that changed the course of my life for the better because I didn’t know I had any artistic ability bc I couldn’t even draw a stick figure. But being a hairdresser has unleashed my creative side and now I paint as well.” - Shirley Hagel is a hairdresser at Parlor.