By Kyle Siegel
Michele Woolery has been cutting hair for the past 25 years and she currently works at First Impressions in the State Fair Shopping Center, where she cuts hair, natural nail manicures, pedicures, waxing, colors, perms and too many more to name. She has been employed at First Impressions for 11 years.
Woolery was born in San Diego, California and moved frequently with her family.
Woolery graduated from Manzanita Christian School in Kingman, Arizona.
Woolery was asked if she participated in school groups or sports.
“I always worked and on Sundays I would take a car load of kids to church, and I helped out with the youth group.
“I started working when I was 13. I started working in a flower shop. I have done everything from factory work to waiting tables before I went to beauty school,” Woolery said.
Woolery was asked why she chose a career in hair care.
“I have always gravitated towards jobs that dealt with the public. I like making people feel good about themselves and it seemed like a good fit,” she explained.
Woolery was asked if she still enjoys her work.
“I’ve been doing hair for 25 years this coming spring. I love it and I love to do hair. I love the people that I work with,” Woolery said.
Woolery was asked where she got her education in hair.
“I received my original schooling in Arizona and then I had to retake the state board in Missouri in 1990,” she said.
Woolery stays current with the latest techniques by attending training several times throughout the year.
“I go to training several times a year and I go to St. Louis for a large hair convention,” Woolery said.
Woolery has been married to her husband Chris for 22 years, and together they have two children and one grandchild.
Woolery is one quarter Cherokee and she stays active with her Native American heritage.
“My daughter and I have volunteered to help organize and work at the Robert Woolery Sr. Memorial Pow Wow,” she said.
She has been doing this for over a decade.
“My daughter and I also do Native American presentations at day cares, preschools and scout meetings. We have been doing that about 17 years. I also do traditional women’s dancing at the Pow Wow,” she said.
In her spare time Woolery likes to hunt and fish and doing almost anything that involves being outdoors.
She also enjoys spending time with her family and on her days off she works with her husband at his construction company. She also used to be an avid horse rider.