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Keeping Mother’s Dream Alive Through Beauty

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By Naomi Bonman

A beauty shop is more than just a place to come and get your hair done; each beauty shop is unique in its own way and holds its own history. A Perfect Touch Salon was opened by Faye Conner in 1993, after she had dreams of opening her own shop.

Conner always wanted to have a family business with her daughters. A Perfect Touch started with seven hair beauticians and three barbers, some have left the shop and started their own businesses.

Outside A Perfect Touch during the celebration.
In July 2005 Faye Conner passed away and since then her daughters Sonya and Santha, along with Barber Chris are helping each other keep Conner's dream alive by keeping the shop open for new barbers and stylists. Roy Conner, the husband of the late Faye Conner who owns the shop works hard to please the clients and to supply products for the shop.

The stylists specialize in press-n-curls, braids, weaves, hair coloring, perms, twists, cuts, up-dos, and waxing; the barbers specialize in cuts, fades, textures, trims, eyebrow arches, and waxing.

A Perfect Salon had a re-opening event on August 18 where they gave out discounts on hair prices, had smooth music playing, and much more. The celebration was also a way for them to gain more barbers and stylists.

Several clients who have been coming to the shop for many years were present in supporting A Perfect Touch in its event.  "I've been coming here since 1995, my mom comes here and my daughter comes here. We love the service, the family atmosphere, and the quality of service," says client Andrea Stewart.

" The people are very friendly and Santha works hard to get an appointment that best fits with my schedule," says D. Rose.

One of Conner's clients, Steve, expresses how Conner has touched him, "I started coming here in 1993 and haven't gone anywhere since. Faye started doing my hair up until she passed, she became a friend. Let's keep her dream alive to help out the community."

Conner's daughters along with Chris are very dedicated and are working hard on keeping their mother's dream alive.

"We're going to keep A Perfect Touch alive because we want to see our clients happy when they come and leave. We also want to help them out in any way that we can, soon we will have supplies and hair for sale; without God on our side this will not be," Sonya Roberts said.

Sonya Roberts, Chris Ginwright, and Santha Haynes in front of the shop before the celebration.
A Perfect Touch hasn't only changed the clients' lives but it has changed the stylists' lives as well. "I want to thank my mother for giving me the opportunity to change my life and putting me on the right path. Thanks to the shop, it has also changed my life for the better, I really enjoy what I do," Santha Haynes said.

"I've been cutting hair for sixteen years. A Perfect Touch is a place where I can utilize my skill and a place where the clients enjoy; it is a home setting where everyone knows and loves each other. I want to thank Mr. &  Mrs. Roy Conner for the opportunity," Chris Ginwright said.

Future dreams that are in store for A Perfect Touch are to have happy clients with smiles on their faces as they come and go, to expand, and to keep Conner's dream alive.

If anyone is interested in working at A Perfect Touch as a barber or stylist or is looking for a stylist contact either Sonya, Santha, or Chris at (951) 352-9705. The shop hours are 9am-6pm Tuesdays-Thursdays.

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