Seasons of Change

In Angela Vinet, Lola Shreveport, Louisiana Ladies by Lola Magazine

Four Decades of Hair Trends later, Cindy Locke is passing the hair styling torch to her daughter, René Coffield. For the past 40 years, My Friend’s Place Salon has been trimming locks, playing with color, and watching the hair trends shift from the 70s setting hair in rollers to crimping in the 80s and streaking the rainbow in 2018. Creating hair styles, mixing the perfect color, the latest in cut design – it’s all an art form and all ever changing with the times.

Stylists develop deep connections with the people who sit in their chairs. A stylist’s hands help people. Their eyes see the potential in people. To have the power to help people morph into something new, reach their beauty potential, feel good about themselves – that’s a stylist.

Cindy Locke has owned and operated My Friend’s Place Hair Salon since its inception with the salon located on her great-grandparents’ land. Her family has always been supportive of her hair passion: Her grandmother encouraged her to find success as a hair stylist, her mother sent her to hair school and her biggest cheerleader was her father, cheering her on to become a very successful business owner and stylist.

Over the years, hairstyles have come and gone and come again, but Cindy’s salon, My Friend’s Place, continues to be successful. Generations of families come here for their haircuts, where laughter and the same friendly faces welcome them through the doors. Several people in the salon have been with Cindy since the doors opened. A consistent and dependable staff, the salon practically runs itself like a well-oiled machine.

If the walls could talk, the years of hair experience are astounding, which keep things running smoothly and help in a hair emergency. Often times, cars can be found in the parking lot after hours due to the extra classes the stylists take to add to their hair repertoire for the latest and greatest in hair design.

Cindy with her two daughters

For Cindy, hair is a family affair. Her daughter, René Coffield will be stepping into the owner shoes very soon.

Taking the salon in a different direction more suited for the future of hair care, the pair have big plans for a massive remodel which will include the highly anticipated Color Bar, where ladies can pop in and peruse the colors for a quick streak or pass some time in the fun-loving space while getting a new color for their locks.

With an ever-evolving industry, René is looking forward to giving clients the same tender love and care with the highest quality of talent for another 40 years, just as her mother has done.

Her vision for the future includes continuing the education programs and training while adding features to keep the stylists’ laid-back workspace just as beautiful as the hair they create. Taking that curling iron baton from her mom, René admires the large shoes she is to fill and is ready to revamp the space for the future of the shop.

As Cindy explains, there is no one star in her shop, just many bright lights working together to create fabulous hair and create fabulous hair they certainly do.

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  • Curl
  • Some layers and texturing
  • All of the fall colors in the hair with deeper colors – it’s a seasonal thing
  • Streaking the hair
  • Embracing of natural hair
  • Healthy hair

Photo credit: Misty Swilley