Ten years ago May 1, Shear Effect owner Lorna Carter had finished her
Bachelor’s degree in management and ethics at Manhattan Christian
College, but she couldn’t find work.
Having cut hair for a living in the past and loved it, she decided to
take that back up again.
Carter was just looking for a booth at the salon she now owns, only to
find the owner was trying to sell it. Carter bought the business.
“If I lose I lose, if I don’t, I don’t,” she said.
She doesn’t seem to have lost, yet. Carter has kept Shear Effect
running for the past decade.
She has found doing hair and owning her own business to be a good fit
for her — she enjoys the social aspect of cosmetology more than
sitting around in an office all day and owning her own business
affords her a certain amount of freedom. She can take a vacation any
time she wants and she decides how many hours she works a week.
“You don’t have to worry about people lurking, or saying or doing
something all the time — nobody’s standing over you,” she said. “So
it’s more relaxing.”
The hardest thing for her business is the constant flow of soldiers
and their wives in — and more to the point — out of Junction City. She
has never struggled to find new clientele, she said, but she does find
herself having to draw new customers in more often.
Some of her best friends are people she met as clients.
She plans to celebrate her customers — and her decade in business —
April 29 with an open house from 5 until 7 p.m.
There will be hot dogs, chips, drinks, and giveaways during the open
house. Several of her clients have home businesses and they’ll
contribute to the giveaways.
Shear Effect offers hair colors and cuts — men’s cuts, women’s cuts,
clipper cuts, etc. — face and body waxing, manicures, and pedicures.
The salon’s hours are typically 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday and
Thursday, the business is open late until 9 or 10 p.m., Carter said.