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Langley says ‘It’s time’ as she closes beauty shop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

With more than four decades in the hair styling business, Holyoke’s Betty Langley is opting for retirement and has closed Betty’s Beauty Barr.

Langley admits that retirement is sooner than she had planned, but some health issues led to her decision to close. And now, as she’s starting to feel better, she acknowledges, “I’m comfortable with the plan now.”

A 1968 graduate of Greeley Beauty School, Langley worked for about a year in Sterling before moving to Holyoke. She worked for Helen McMillan at Helen’s Doll-up Salon for several years before opening Betty’s Beauty Barr 41 years ago, in the fall of 1973.

Her one-operator shop has been set up in the basement of her home at 533 S. Phelan Ave. With one station and two additional dryers, the set-up has worked well for Langley’s business.

It was a fun nostalgia this past weekend when her styling chair was used in Phillips County Players’ production of “Steel Magnolias.”

Langley has tons of memories from her 41 years as a business owner. At one point, she had upwards of 10 standing weekly appointments plus numerous other regulars.

While she did some manicures for a while, haircare was her primary focus. “I especially liked perms,” said Langley, noting she did a lot of those through the years.

Betty Langley is pictured in her home-based beauty shop, which she recently closed as she opts for retirement. The photo in the background was taken in downtown Holyoke in the late 1980s and includes her daughter and sister, as well as Langley.  —Enterprise photo

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Holyoke Enterprise July 3, 2014