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Daily Inspiration: Meet Evette Hunt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evette Hunt.

Hi Evette, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Well, my story started as a little girl, I had the desire to do hair ever since I was about six years old. My brother Tim used to cut hair in my mother’s kitchen, and I always loved how well he made people look.

I always said to myself when I got older I wanted to do my hair. So my idea came from my older brother. I started working downtown Raleigh about 26 years ago with Wallace Sellars who is now retired. Wallace retired so that left the door open for me to become the new owner.

I always desired to own my own hair salon and I wanted it to be in downtown Raleigh, I live downtown, and my kids went to school in the area as well. That would make it easier for me. I love downtown Raleigh my life is pretty much centered around that area.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
In the very beginning, it was difficult of course because Covid shut us down. I had just taken over ownership. I had so many mixed emotions, and second thoughts because that pandemic shut us completely down. A couple of months passed by and hair salons were allowed to open but with so many restrictions.

I had a drastic decline in clientele and so my income dwindled drastically. We had to make sure that everyone stayed safe, practicing social distancing. I was used to having 8-10 clients a day now it’s 3-4 and still. Also after we were open for about a month Black Lives Matter happened and my salon was one of the businesses that were vandalized so again I had to shut down and board up.

You talk about challenges whew!! Everything is still not up to par. I’m still reaching out for grants and am continuously being denied because most grants are for startup businesses. I’ve had one grant from the city of Raleigh and that’s it. Buisness is still not back to one hundred percent but I am moving forward towards that.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a creative hairstylist with 30 years of experience under my belt.

I specialize in color and cuts but especially short cuts. People know me for my ability to give them the best quality service at Evette’s Beaty salon with no long waiting in my salon, getting you in and out, even on your lunch break, and still ensuring that you will have healthy hair, kind and courteous service.

People love coming to my salon because it’s a very peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. Very clean and I practice sanitizing after every client.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I’ve learned that we can never take what we have for granted.

It can all be gone in an instant. I’ve also learned that no matter who we are we have all suffered the pandemic together and together we pull through this and we help one another to get back to where we were.

I’ve learned that sometimes people just want to talk and you just listen. I’ve learned to reach out and help others more than you help yourself. I’ve learned to have more FAITH.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Hairbyevette.com
  • Instagram: Hair by Evette
  • Facebook: Evette b hunt

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1 Comment

  1. Karen Myles

    August 3, 2022 at 12:37 am

    I really enjoyed reading your story featuring Evette Hunt and learning more about where and how her dream of being an owner and creative artist of hair. She’s such a positive inspiration. Thank you

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