Gregg reflects after 50 years in hairdressing | News
“I am a real person. I love talking with people.”
Christy Gregg then found the perfect job for her. From 1971, Gregg was a hairstylist for the next 50 years until her retirement last month.
Her friends and family throw a party for her starting at 5 p.m. on February 12 at the Woodville Legion.
“Hairdressing was an ever-changing profession,” she explained. “It was always something new. It was fun.”
She began in May 1971 working at the Baldwin Beauty Shop. The following year, she went to work at Dee’s Beauty Boutique in Hammond and ended up buying the salon and renaming it Hammond Beauty Nook.
She increased her workload in 1975 when she bought a salon in the Nordic Mall in Woodville and renamed it His N Hers Hair Fashions.
“Men were just starting to enter salons instead of just barbershops,” she said. “I wanted men to know they were welcome there.”
She split her time between the two salons until 1979 when she sold the Hammond shop and went to work full time at His N Hers.
“Women would come every week to get their hair fluffy and rocked,” she said, when asked about the styles of the time. “Men in the 1980s were going to get perms.”
His N Hers continued to grow and add more services including makeup and application, tanning beds, spray tanning, facial hair removal, hair extensions, massages, manicures and pedicure to name a few, as well as a large retail center for hair care products. They used the mall and held luncheons, fashion shows, Halloween parties for the public, and many sales with the other Nordic Mall businesses.
They were getting too big for his space, so in 1986 they moved across the hall to a larger area.
She explained that her husband, Bubs (since deceased), was her fixator and biggest promoter.
“He handed out coupons and told everyone he saw that if they mentioned his name at the salon they would get a discount, and they did,” she said. The couple’s three children, Brian, Kelly and Abby, were often seen in the living room working.
On December 1, 2010, she sold His N Hers to longtime employee Linda Klinger, but has continued to work part-time until now.
“I felt obligated to my clients,” she explained why she stayed. “It was not an easy decision to retire, but after the decision it became easier.”
His seven grandchildren occupy him now since Brian, Kelly and Abby live between the Baldwin-Woodville area and Spring Valley.
“I love it,” she said, as she’s attended several Spring Valley and BW school events over the years to see them in action.
“I’m still healthy and very active,” she continued, as she enjoys kayaking, mountain biking and pickleball in her spare time.