Local hair stylist shares creations with community
By Paul McManis
Commoner Journal staff writer
For nearly 20 years, a local woman has been providing service to help beautify the community.
Her work isn’t found in fresh paint, swept streets or flower pots. Her work is defined by the people she performs her work on every day in her little salon on Short Street.
Lanissa Newman is a beautician who began working in McArthur in 1992 in a shop she opened at 114 E. Main St.
The location became the first of three places from where she would run her business. She left her original location and moved into a shop on West Main Street with long-time McArthur barber Preston Hamon.
That building, across from McClure’s Restaurant, was later demolished at the hands of the Vinton County Commissioners through grant money to help beautify the community.
Now, Lanissa runs Lanissa’s Creations, located at 303 Short St.
Lanissa said she has had extensive training throughout the last 20 years, but has never considered leaving her faithful customers or the community she started in to find a larger customer base. She said it’s the small town feel that makes her love her job even more.
“I’m planning to stay here,” Lanissa said. “I like a small-town atmosphere. It’s friendlier and I feel like I can connect with my customers.”
She said making those connections has been made easy because of the base she and her family have built in the area.
“I know so many people here. I love McArthur. This is where my family is from,” Lanissa said as she explained her efforts to remain in the community. “The main thing was struggling to find a location here in town — a place that would be my own and I wouldn’t have to rent.”
Lanissa said she has continued to build her skill set and further her education to make her service stand out for her customers. She said that furtherance of education has cost her a lot of time and money, but she has learned new techniques that she never had the opportunity to learn in beauty school.
She said she has traveled all over, including trips outside of the country to Jamaica and the Bahamas to train for such techniques.
Currently Lanissa offers perms, coloring, dimensional coloring, chemical relaxers, razor cutting, precision cutting, highlights and lowlights, weaving foiling, wigs, protein and aloe treatment for fine and thin hair, facials, waxing, pedicures, manicures, full-body massage and more.
Lanissa said men are welcome to come in as well, with services such as men’s facials, neck and shoulder massages, shampoo and massaging, manicures and pedicures.
“There is something here for everyone,” she said.
Lanissa said she works during the day with developmentally disabled clients but her daytime hours leave her open in the evenings to provide service for those who can’t make daytime appointments because of work or other obligations. She opens her shop Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and accepts both walk-ins and appointments.
“I try to make my sure I’m here for the working people,” Lanissa said.