Photo by Lindsey Erhart of LuLu Charmed Photography.
Photo by Lindsey Erhart of LuLu Charmed Photography.

Cindy’s Specialties:  hair color, cutting, styling, skin care

Cindy’s Story

MASTER DESIGNER / SALON MANAGER

Cindy’s career in the hair and beauty industry began as a child when she received her very first Barbie. At the age of ten, Cindy was excited by the birth of her youngest brother, because she now had a real-life baby doll to play with. She would cut his hair, put makeup on him, dress him up, and take his picture.

From those beginnings sprang a career in the beauty industry that resulted in everything from multiple generations of loyal clients to glamorous hair styling roles on the set of Hollywood movies.

When she was born, Cindy’s dad was fighting the War in Vietnam. He learned that his wife gave birth to their first child through a telegram delivered by a helicopter. She is named after Fort Cindy, where her dad was located when he learned of the good news. Five months would pass before Cindy’s dad was able to see her for the first time during the family’s R&R in Hawaii. A month before Cindy’s first birthday, her father came home from the war for good.

After graduating high school in the small town of Wright, WY, Cindy began attending Black Hills Beauty College in 1988. She graduated in October of the following year and immediately began working at SALON ONE.

At the same time, the salon’s owner, Beth, was hired to work on the Academy Award winning film Dances with Wolves. As a result, Cindy recalls how she immediately caught a glimpse of life in show business as Kevin Costner was a frequent visitor to the salon during this time. Years later, Cindy got to watch the filming of a few movies Beth worked on, including the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in L.A. and the filming of De-Lovely in London.  While on the set of De-Lovely, Cindy and her coworker were befriended by Ashley Judd and even got to stay at Ashley’s London flat.

To remain at the top of her industry, Cindy has attended training classes, hair shows, and industry seminars in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Omaha. Her exceptional technical knowledge and intuition with hair has allowed her the opportunity to style for films, commercials, and television.

In 2005, Cindy got her first chance to do hair and makeup on the set of a motion picture for the movie Flicka while it was filmed along the Bighorn Mountains near Sheridan, WY. A few years later, Cindy worked on the set of the Walt Disney Pictures movie, Secretariat, during filming in Louisville, KY. Since that time, Cindy has done hair and makeup on several commercials, as well as during an episode of the Travel Channel’s show American Roadhouse.

Cindy loves sports, especially her Denver Broncos. Growing up with two brothers, Cindy was exposed to football throughout her childhood. She also cares deeply about animals, and she will always own pets. She currently shares a home with her English White Golden Retriever, Bailey, and her Maine Coon cat, Izzy. Cindy dreams of opening a Golden Retriever rescue center when she eventually retires.

Recently, Cindy decided to open her home, life, and her family to kids in need. In June 2014, she received her foster parenting license and has welcomed numerous children to her home since then. She is still actively involved in the lives of two terrific kids she fostered for six months.

Traveling is important to Cindy. She’s been to London, Venice, Naples, Rome, the Island of Capri, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and all over Mexico. She says one memorable experience in particular was swimming in the Mediterranean. Her bucket list includes trips to Australia, Ireland, Greece, and a Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa.

When she’s not creating hair magic, Cindy loves spending time with her pets, foster kids, family and friends. Her professionalism, infectious laughter, and positivity is something that you are sure to remember, and keeps her clients coming back year after year.

If you could spend one week anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Disney World, because it’s the happiest place on Earth.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today?

Growing up, my mom would require me to make my bed everyday before leaving for school.  If I didn’t, she threatened to take me out of school and tell my whole class that I had to come home to make my bed.  Now, the only time I make my bed is before I go to sleep.

If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Walt Disney because I think he was an amazing person.  Even at a young age he was able to think outside the box.  When the world told him “no” he didn’t listen.  He kept going with his dreams and his imagination.  He’s an inspiration to me because he taught me that if you really want to do something you can.  He failed many times but he just kept on going.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney