Local woman cuts career short for haircutting

Jacob Lane · Friday, June 28, 2013
Yolanda’s Salon is ready to get down to business in West Liberty. The brand new haircutting facility just opened up downtown.

Owner Yolanda Meraz is excited to join the community, and excited to cut its hair. It’s a career she never knew she wanted until the day it hit her.

“It’s kind of funny, I was working at the nursing home, but I wanted to head in another direction. I was telling my friend I wanted to do something else, but I didn’t know what,” she said.

All of the sudden somebody she didn’t know walked by. She took one look at the lady's hair and all was decided, she wanted to cut it.

Before that Meraz moved to West Liberty in 1996 from Michoacan, Mexico, to be with her father. At the time she had no clear career planned.

She worked in Iowa City, at West Liberty Foods, and a few other places before pursuing a cutting license from Salon Professional Academy in Iowa City in 2009.

Afterwards she opened up Yolanda’s Salon on 113 E. Third Street earlier this year. The business has been well accepted by the community during its few months of operation according to Meraz.

“She probably cut my hair for as long as she’s had her license,” Vicki Shady, a regular costumer from West Liberty, said. “She’s accommodating, pleasant, and thorough.”

For Meraz clients are the highest priority, that’s just how it works. She always tries to put them first, even coming in on Sunday for the occasional emergency haircut.

Yolanda’s Salon provides coloring, highlights, perms, shampooing, cuts, waxing and a variety of other hair needs depending on the costumer.

However, she’s in the business for her family. Meraz has a husband, Juan, as well as three children, Juan, 12, Ruben, 8, and Luis, 7 months.

“I want to give my children something back, something more than I had growing up. I believe this is the best way to do it,” she said.

The salon is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although her career is young Meraz sees herself in the hair business for years to come.

“I think I will be cutting hair here in town forever, all of my family is here. West Liberty is a good place for children and a good place for hair,” she said.
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