By Carlee Frank

According to Good Housekeeping, the average hair cut in New York City costs $73.33. As shocking as that may sound, the average hair cut in Zurich, Switzerland costs $86.71, and $95.04 in Oslo, Norway. Luckily, however, small town residents can leave the salon with a trendy hairstyle without breaking the bank. At Cascades Hair Salon, located at 14214 Route 219, quality and affordability come first.

“I wanted a place that families could come, and I wanted to keep the prices reasonable,” Tara Uhrich, owner of Cascades Hair Salon, said.

Cascades was originally opened in 2013 on Cascade Drive (near Fiesta Bamba), and in August 2017, reopened at the new Route 219 location. Uhrich said she appreciated the old salon, but wanted something fresh and inviting for her clients. So far, she has removed walls, added interior and exterior windows and installed a coffee station, but it was the details that she poured over.

“Just the simple things were important to me –like the purse hangers underneath each station, I wanted the customers to feel comfortable,” Uhrich said.

The salon offers washes, cuts, styles and color, as well as perming, extensions and even waxing. Accessibility for the whole family is important at Cascades, so they also offer men’s haircuts, buzz cuts and children’s haircuts.

In case of prom, weddings or formal events, Cascades can create any updo or formal style. They can accommodate for big parties and even specific time restraints, because, she said, it is wonderful to be a part of someone’s special day.

Uhrich began styling hair over 15 years ago at Hair We Are in Springville. She was afforded the opportunity to purchase the business and remembered her excitement at the challenge.

“I wanted to add to the community, and I wanted to give back,” Uhrich said.

Since then, the business has grown every year and she hopes to continue growing. If more space, hours and hair stylists become necessary, she said she will happily add to the family.

Currently, clients can work with hair stylists Kim Burch, Kaitlyn Riter and Vennus Phillips. Uhrich recently had neck surgery, and while she can’t wait to get back to styling, she said she appreciates her dedicated and helpful beauticians.

For now, she tries to come in every day to complete paper work, but laughingly said she usually gets sidetracked talking to the customers.

“I love hearing what their lives are like –their grandmas, jobs, friends –I just absolutely love knowing each customer,” Uhrich said.

Becoming acquainted with customers on a personal level is not the only reason communication is so important in the salon. Uhrich said she and all of her stylists perform a consultation before every appointment because knowing each client’s desired style is crucial. Whether it is the color, highlight, or shape, a miscommunication can lead to a semi-permanent mistake. If there is a mistake, Uhrich urges every customer to speak their mind.

“We believe in quality here, so if you aren’t happy with something, we always want to know. Never feel like you can’t say something,” Uhrich said.

This is especially important because she mentioned that her favorite part of any appointment is seeing the transformation and subsequent smile on each customer’s face.

“It is amazing to watch. They might come in and their hair washed out and dried, then you color it and it adds so much shine and tone,” Uhrich said.

One of her biggest transformations was on a young lady with dreadlocks, who wanted them combed out and not shaved. Uhrich noted that it took hours to completely comb through the locks, but said if you love your job, you take the time to make everyone happy.

Whether you have a hair dilemma of epic proportions or simply need a bangs trim, stop by Cascades Hair Salon for your new hairdo. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

They are opened Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday –Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.