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Hairdresser on the Job {format} {format} 1:14 Helen Woodward

An audio snapshot of a Massachusetts hairdresser.

Broadcast: Apr 8 2004 on NPR Day to DaySeries: WCAI/WNAN Sonic IDs Subjects: Labor, Business

Profile: Massachusetts woman says being a hairdresser beats everything but brain surgery

April 8, 2004 from Day to Day

ALEX CHADWICK, host: Publicists may think they're a movie star's best friend, but another group of professionals could lay claim to that title: hairdressers. Here is an audio snapshot featuring a woman who thinks hairdressing is her calling.

Ms. SANDY MARONEY (Hairdresser): I do like this job. It's probably the most rewarding job, except for brain surgery. And I've been a hairdresser for 38 years.

Most of the job is haircutting. That's the key to everything--your perms, your color.

What I like best about the job is pretty much the people. You have the capacity to touch people. And it's a good feeling. It makes it a lot more personal. And you make them feel better, hopefully.

Unidentified Woman: And what do you like least about the job?

Ms. MARONEY: The hair that gets stuck in my navel from the haircuts. But that goes with the job.

CHADWICK: Sandy Maroney(ph) is a hairdresser in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Our thanks to producer Helen Woodward and our friends at the Hearing Voices radio project.

I'm Alex Chadwick. This is DAY TO DAY.