Jaimie McMillen, crew have a passion to make you look beautiful

Published 9:38 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

People serve each other in a variety of ways. In the case of Jaimie McMillen and her staff, it’s by making their clients look their best. Since opening a month and a half ago, this has been happening on a daily basis at Jaimie’s Classy Cuts and Nails in Windsor.

Jaimie, Carol Davis, Elise Morris and their newest arrival, Shawnalee Bailey, are each professionally trained to cut, shape and color hair as well as nails — both acrylic and gel — in a variety of ways that always enhance one’s appearance.

This client relaxes with a beverage and magazine as she comfortably waits while her toenails soak in preparation for treatment at Jaimie’s Classy Cuts and Nails.

Jaimie, for example, began learning her craft at Pruden Vo-Tech in neighboring Suffolk, and has also worked at a Hair Cuttery and the former Lion and Lioness among other salons.

Long before formal education began, though, she knew she was to the manner born.

“I always knew I wanted to do it [style hair] — as young as 13,” said Jaimie.

Carol’s entry into the field started after she began attending a school for fashion design. She said a health issue compelled to seek a new career and so choose hairstyling.

Following Elise’s service in the Navy, she put her G.I. bill to use in learning the skills for salon work. Her own mother had been a hairdresser for 35 years and had five salons.

Preparation always seems to be an element in everyone’s life, and that was no exception for Jaimie. When deciding the time was right to open her own place, she found it here.

There’s a warm feeling inside the salon, which is naturally clean and well designed.

The three women cultivate what they call a “family atmosphere.” Carol added that it’s like “a little apartment — comfy and quiet. We want to make everyone feel at home.”

“We’re more like sisters,” is how Elise describes their relationship with one another.

“We all just get along,” added Jaimie, smiling easily.

At the time of the interview, the trio was looking for a fourth sister, er, stylist, which they’ve evidently found in Shawnalee of Franklin. She said her formal training was at Rudy and Kelly Salon and Spa, which is a Paul Mitchell Partner School, in Virginia Beach.

In addition to their training and experience, each woman also brings what Jaimie believes is another essential quality to their profession.

“You absolutely have to be passionate — a go-getter,” she said.

Jaimie’s Classy Cuts and Nails is located at 79 E. Windsor Blvd., and open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; and closed Sunday and Monday. However, with the summer, the hours might well lengthen.

Walk-ins are certainly welcome, and for appointments or more information, call 242-8700.