Just Kutz owner does more than just cut hair in Reed City

REED CITY – For some, getting a haircut is a chore. But for a Reed City resident and business owner, it’s become a lifelong passion and career.

Lori Barnhart has been cutting hair for over 35 years. She started the profession in Grand Rapids before coming to Reed City and working above the old hardware store in town before opening her own hair salon.

Just Kutz, at 11 West Upton Ave., in Reed City, opened and allowed Barnhart to take on more clients.

Barnhart said she gained experience through her studies in hairdressing.

“At first I couldn’t afford to drive across the state for 18 months to go to barber school,” Barnhart said, “I talked to the barber who tutored me. He said, go in cosmetology school i will teach everything else i went to chic university for 1500 credit hours then i did my state exams as soon as i passed i went working for Kings Room Inc. Joe Booker was my mentor for 20 years.

Just Kutz caters to many styles and haircuts, but Barnhart specializes in working with men’s haircuts.

Barnhart said there are different varieties of cuts these days.

“The flat tops are my favorite,” Barnhart said. “They are very picky with every customer, high and tight military styles. Even today’s styles are different and they are empowering in their own way. It’s the customer who makes things difficult and different every day.

“Some say they will never go anywhere else,” she added. “They say they appreciate me being here so much. I love every day and every minute.”

Barnhart is known in the community for participating in local fundraisers and said residents are often kind.

“They’re great and it’s a tight-knit, friendly community that comes together,” Barnhart said. “It’s about local shopping and supporting our little town.

“If anyone comes in and they need help with a benefit for anything, I support that,” she added. “This winter we just did the ice hockey arena (fundraiser), and I made a donation for that. I give certificates for all the benefits that happen. My family has a ranch in Chase, and we have an annual cancer race called Race for a Cure, which benefits the Susan P. Wheatlake Center here in town. I’m really big in this. I try to help where I can and be as committed to our community as everyone else.

For more information on Just Kutz, visit the store’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/haircuts07.

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