Another hair salon might not have survived the city’s construction work along Hydraulic, which for months forced Waneta Vickers’ customers to park across the street, then dodge traffic and potholes to get their hair cut.
Then again, not every salon has been around 28 years, with prices frozen nearly as long.
A haircut at Status Quo: $10. Neck trim: $3.50.
“We want people to be able to come in and afford a haircut,” Vickers said. “They shouldn’t have to work two hours to afford a haircut, should they?”
Prices aren’t the only thing that seem frozen at Status Quo. Vickers admits she hasn’t changed much of the decor through the years. Yet the converted yellow colonial at Hydraulic and Lincoln is spick-and-span clean inside, with the latest magazines and a big-screen TV between the waiting area and hairdressers’ chairs.
Vickers isn’t trying to compete with slick hair-cutting chains, except in terms of price. She calls her place a family hair salon. The majority of her customers are men, but on a recent morning female clients outnumbered them, and on weekends, plenty of children climb into the chairs.
“Some (customers) have come since they got their first haircut, and now they’re bringing their kids in,” Vickers said.
Vickers, an Oklahoma native who’s lived here since 1955, took over Status Quo a couple of months after someone else opened it. At the time she was also working at Boeing while her husband, who died two years ago, was driving a truck.
She no longer cuts hair, taking care of the business side of things while leaving the scissor work to her three stylists – LaKeisha Hines, Jimmy Fox and Loan Phan.
Hines, who came to Status Quo from a chain a year ago, said she likes her new surroundings. She says she’s not expected to “sell up” hair care products or additional services, and she’s no longer expected to finish a job in 15 minutes.
“Sometimes it just takes longer. People have more hair,” she said.
Vickers turned the place over to another operator for a couple of years, then took it back about three years ago, just about the time construction on Hydraulic disrupted things. Status Quo might not have survived “if I didn’t have everything paid for,” she said.
Now that she does, she doesn’t see any reason for a major renovation.
“We have people come in and they’re happy it’s still the same,” she said. “People like going back home.”