By | August 10, 2018 10:24 am

Javen Kress gets ready for the mountain homecoming with a little red, white, and blue at Blondie’s with Crystal Ray Young.

By Hansel Moore

Crystal Ray Young (AKA Blondie) is, without a doubt, one of the most colorful people in Van Buren County. One never knows what colors she will be sporting as her latest colorful blend in her hair design.

Young enjoys the diversity and change of a Technicolor colorful display. As a hair stylist, she has been sharpening her skills since 2001.

“I enjoy helping people feel better about themselves,” said Young. “When they leave here, they leave fresh and new.”

Located at 374 College St., in Spencer, across the street from the historical Burritt College arch, Young has repurposed one of the older buildings to maximize the large storefront window and natural light. The inside was revitalized with a lot of elbow grease, sweat, and paint to create the modern house of hairstyle with a touch-of-Blondie atmosphere.

Crystal Ray is well groomed (pun intended) to cut a variety of style for both men and women. In addition to shaping and cutting, she is proficient in providing any color desired. She is quick to explain, “I don’t do nails. I get a lot of calls about that, but it is something I don’t do.”

A native of DeKalb County, Young moved to Van Buren County with her husband, Jacob, and four children about one year ago. It was the opportunity for her husband as Fall Creek Falls Park manager that brought the Young family to join the community. Since arriving, Carol Young has become an active member in a number of organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Head Start, the library board, and she is the vice chairman of the PTO.

Her most noticeable impact on individual residents is the   transition of her clients in the shop chair as she prepares people for some of the most memorable days of their lives, such as weddings and prom.

“I love the small town feeling,” said Carol Young. “I get to hear what’s going on in their lives, and many people tell me things about them.”

Sworn to secrecy, she jokes about being a part-time counselor.

“I get to hear about it all – the highs and lows – but that’s the part I like, sharing life with people,” she said.

Her artistic ability is amplified by her gift for making each person who sits in her chair feel like a unique individual. The color pallet she employs to make each work of art extends beyond the standard blonde, brunette, and crimson.

If you are searching for someone dedicated to making your day brighter and possibly your hairstyle, contact Blondie at (423) 213-3684. You can also follow her styling ways on Facebook.

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