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Paynesville Press - October 4, 2006

Cosmetologist starts at Ruthie's

Lee Cleland is a new cosmetologist at Ruthie's Hair Design in Paynesville. Previously the manager of Cost Cutters in St. Joseph, she began working at Ruthie's Hair Design in September.

Lee Cleland Born in Tennessee, her family moved to Minnesota when she was two years old. She moved to Richmond in 1998, and in 2003, received a license in cosmetology from Regency Beauty Institute in Waite Park.

Her decision to study cosmetology arrived after she began cutting her own hair. "I got a bad hair cut when I was in the eighth grade," she said. "I just kind of started doing it myself and then I started doing everyone else's."

Today, Cleland specializes in body waves, colors, facial waxes, highlights, low-lights, perms, styled cuts, and up-dos. Additional services offered at Ruthie's include: massages, spa facials, spa manicures, and spa pedicures.

Cleland said she enjoys the independence and salon atmosphere at Ruthie's Hair Design without the added responsibility of owning a business. "I'm responsible for my own things. It's kind of like your own salon."

Her favorite part of the job is building a rapport with clients of all ages and backgrounds. "You're not just set with one type of person. There is variety."

And that variety, according to Cleland, has a personal quality, complete with fresh stories that add nuance to the familiarity of a hometown salon. "It's constant. When they walk's, 'How are the kids? How are the grandkids? What did you do this week?' It's kind of like a family," said Cleland.

Ruthie's Hair Design, located on Highway 23 in Paynesville, is open six days a week (Mondays thru Saturdays). To schedule an appointment with Cleland, call 243-3488.

Cleland, who resides in Richmond, spends her free time with her two young children and also works at the Valley Inn in Eden Valley.

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