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After 30 years, stylist will unplug hair dryer

By PHOTOS AND STORY BY ANDREW MITCHELL - AMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Jan. 24, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.

Dorris Wilson reads a magazine while sitting under a hair dryer at Avelia Salazar's beauty salon. Wilson has been a customer of Salazar's since 2004.

Avelia Salazar has been in the hair and beauty business for more than 30 years and still has many of the same customers to this day.

Salazar started at Sears in Victoria in 1979, working at a hair salon where she gained most of her loyal clientele. After leaving in 1984, Salazar spent the next year working at four salons, gaining new clients at every location, until she took over D's Beauty Salon in 1985. After another five years of hard work, Salazar was finally able to take her clientele into her home, where she had transformed her master bedroom into her beauty salon.

Salazar learned about hard work while growing up with her 12 siblings and parents working a farm.

"My parents were always hard workers, working long hours while raising a family," says Salazar.

She attributes her success to her consistent hard work and to the atmosphere that she strives to create in her business.

"It's hard to find a place where you feel like you are at home, but that is what I try to make people feel while here," says Salazar, referring to her salon.

"I like her," says Edith Buzek, a customer for 25 years, "I like the atmosphere, and everyone here is very friendly."

Beverly Fox, one of Salazar's most loyal customers for more than 30 years, said she likes the work that Salazar does and that "I can call at any time and she'll fit me into her schedule even if she is already busy."

Salazar is loyal just the same, often driving to clients' homes who are no longer able to drive to bring them back to her salon. Salazar has also worked on her clients who have passed away. "It's an honor to do someone's hair when they die; they've been my customers for so many years so it's an honor to do their hair for the last time," says Salazar.

Now, after more than 30 years, Salazar is ready for a new adventure. She and her husband will be moving to Pipe Creek. Salazar said she hopes to find a job working at a country store. In regards to leaving Victoria, Salazar says she will be sad to leave her clientele and business, but if any of them are willing to make the three-hour drive, she'd be glad to invite them into her home.

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