Rachel Major spent much of her eight-year career as a hairstylist working in salons, but with the cost of childcare rising, she had no choice but to quit. working and being a stay-at-home mom to her boys, now aged three and five. This left Major and his family to rely solely on her husband’s earnings.
Then, when Liberty’s only barber retired during COVID, Major and his father, Rick Foresman, saw an opportunity to fill a need in the community. Foresman had already planned to build a garage on his property, so he built an oversized garage that included space for a living room.
“I’m on my dad’s property, he wanted to have a garage and he had the space to add a living room to it, so he helped me open a shop and put everything here for me,” said the Major.
Child care costs have skyrocketed during COVID, largely because facilities can’t accommodate that many children and pass that cost on to families.
Major opened Liberty Hair on her parents’ property in February 2022. She now travels the 20 miles from her home in Cogan Station to Liberty five days a week so she can work for herself and do her own hours. . The boys’ grandmother takes care of the children while she works.
Foresman noted that the Liberty area has been without a barber for two years and the community has been extremely receptive to Major and very happy not to have to travel 15 to 20 miles for a haircut.
“Almost everyone who walked through the door came back as repeat customers,” said Foresman.
Major enjoys cutting hair for men, women and children and that’s what she is focusing on right now. It also offers washing and drying services and will soon start offering waxing as well. It can extend its services on the road to include color.
Major believes that its price is a determining factor for its business. Men’s and women’s short haircuts are $10, long hair $15, and kid’s haircut $8. Major wants to keep its prices reasonable for those who can’t afford higher prices, especially seniors on fixed incomes. Lots of people have told her she needs to raise her prices, but Major doesn’t see the need.
Foresman said that while people can do without haircuts in a time when the price of everything is going up, they don’t have to rely on Major’s prices and they can be proud to do it for themselves.
Liberty Hair is conveniently located half a mile off the Liberty exit off Route 15 at 8727 State Rt. 414 and takes walk-in appointments. You can find more information about Liberty Hair on Facebook and Instagram. Appointments can be made through Facebook or by calling 570-532-8095. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Saturday.