HAVING permed, set and snipped the hair of thousands of customers over the years, Barbara Hewett has hung up her scissors after spending more than half a century working as a hairdresser.
The Waterlooville grandmother has spent more than 50 years cutting hair across the area.
The 69-year-old says she is looking forward to her retirement, after entering the profession at the age of 14.
‘I had two years off when my daughter was born and then I went back to work when she was two,’ said Barbara.
‘I started working in Elm Grove. I have worked in Waterlooville and North End and I have had my own business since 1975.’
Barbara took over the salon, now called Jacqueline’s, in London Road, Purbrook, around 25 years ago.
Named after her daughter, Jacqueline Moore, the salon was passed into her daughter’s hands in recent years.
Asked what had kept her in the haircutting business for so long, Barbara said: ‘I just loved it. I never got fed up with it.
‘I got tired of standing and that is the reason I am giving it up now.
‘It has not really changed over the years.
‘The cutting has changed a bit and, for perming and colouring, you now use foils. That is different, and there are more products, but it is still the same idea.
‘People take more interest in themselves than when I started.’
Barbara’s granddaughter, Heidi, was also inspired to be a hairdresser like the two generations before her.
Barbara’s faithful customers from over the years popped in for sparkling wine and cupcakes to help see off their favourite stylist.
‘Some of these ladies who came in have been seeing mum since 1975,’ said Jacqueline.
‘She retired on Thursday and has been doing it for 56 years. I automatically came into hairdressing because mum had her own business. I took over the salon about four-and-a-half years ago. She worked for me here until she retired.’
Barbara said she is looking forward to her retirement and enjoys gardening and going out with friends.