D’s Hair Styling Salon celebrates 25 years

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D’s Hair Styling Salon in Peralta turned a whopping 25 years old on Friday, and owner Dolores Torres says she plans on cutting hair for at least another 25 years.

Torres, who has been a stylist for 35 years, says she opened the shop on June 22, 1987, because the building was available and it provided her with a way to raise her children close to home.

The best part of her job is the relationships she’s forged with her clients. She says she has been doing one lady’s hair for 29 years and has seen several children grow up in her salon chair, some of which have children of their own now whose hair she cuts.

“I think more than anything just dealing with the public and being around the people has been fun,” says Torres of being in business for the last quarter century.

She says she was inspired to go into the career when she was a little girl watching her mother.

“My mom used to always go to the hair stylists,” she said. “She had seven children and that was the one thing that she used go and do, and I used to tell her, ‘Mom, when I get older I’m going to do you’re hair.’

“So she comes every Saturday and gets her hair done,” she said.

Torres’ daughter, Danielle Watts, was also inspired by her mother to go into the biz. She says she practically grew up in her mother’s shop and didn’t initially want to become a stylist, but says she “fell into it.”

She signed up for classes at Aveda, and says after her first day, she knew it was what she wanted to do and hasn’t looked back since.

Today she works along side her mother and has been a stylist for 10 years.

“When I was 6 years old, I was in here shampooing hair,” says Watts. “It was in my blood I guess.”

“She followed in my footsteps,” brags Torres, who says she enjoys working with her daughter because they get to spend so much time together.

Mother and daughter both agree that they have so much fun at their job that it isn’t like going to work in the morning.

Also on board is stylist Charlene Berbig, formerly of Alaska, and Leslie Calvert, who does electrolysis, or permanent hair removal.

Torres says people from as far away as Albuquerque and Jemez Springs come to get their hair done at D’s and that she’s “been blessed because we’ve never had problems,” and that the business has been smooth sailing so far.

“Some of the ladies, the older ladies, are real funny,” says Torres when asked what her favorite moments in the salon have been.

“They’re a lot of fun, you know. You just get so close to them,” she said. “They become like your family really, because you see them all the time.

“I have 10 ladies that I do every week, and so I get to talk to them and know about their families and what’s going on with their lives.”

Displayed in her salon, Torres has a poem that one loyal customer wrote in honor of the shop, titled “D’s” about hopping in her car and driving down to get her hair done.

“There’s nothing that I would have done different,” she says. “To me, it doesn’t seem like 25 years, it seems like 10 years. When you love something, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve done it, you just enjoy it.”


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