PERMS, mullets and bobs - for 50 years Betty Taylor has been at the cutting edge of hairdressing.
And, as stalwart staff and clients at her Lowfield salon celebrate half a century in business, she has no intention of hanging up her scissors just yet.
Betty, aged 73, still works part time after daughter Lisa followed in her footsteps to run Taylor’s Unisex Hair Design.
She said: “I don’t feel like retiring!
“I might look 73 in my body but I’m not in my head. It’s the young assistants that keep me busy.
“I still do a couple of days, on clients that have become friends.
“I have been stood here for 50 years, I didn’t think at all I’d be doing that.”
It was March 1962 when Betty’s husband-to-be Michael surprised her by taking on an old fruit shop and fish and chip shop in East Road.
The young stylist opened on June 1 as a solo operation - with the chippie still next door.
Since then she has taken on staff, expanded the salon, married Michael and become a grandmother-of-six.
Although the hairstyles in vogue have changed, the gossip, clients and friendly firm has stayed the same.
Betty, of Ridgeway Road, Intake, thanked customers for their support.
She added: “I wouldn’t have long enough to tell all the anecdotes from over the years. There has been a lot of gossip here!
“Our clients have become friends, some of them have been coming since I opened.
“I think the bob has been the most classic hairstyle, it’s never gone out of fashion although it has become shorter.
“Colouring has taken over in the last few years, it used to be perming.
“We permed men’s hair and all sorts, many salons don’t do it now but we still do.”
To mark the anniversary, staff went back in time - dressing in 1962 clothing and digging out old pictures from the year Taylor’s Hair Design opened.
Stylist Paul Capille, who has been with the salon 42 years this September, said: “It is just a lovely, happy salon.
“We always say there aren’t any customers here - just friends.”