Carnes decorates salon in style

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:24 PM

From the door to the walls and even around the hair styling stations, Christmas spirit can be seen throughout Jerry’s Hairstyling at 330 East Franklin Street in Monroe.

Jerry Carnes has operated the business at its current location about 12 years and every year fills it with decorations and lights for Christmas.

He estimates that he has around 20,000 lights in all now, 15,000 of which are inside.

“I started collecting ornaments for my tree about 35 years ago, and then customers give me ornaments for birthdays and stuff so I have about 700 or 800 ornaments,” Carnes said.

He currently has a Christmas tree up at his business that is decorated with a number of different ornaments, about 10,000 Christmas lights and feathers.

“I just love Christmas, I always did, since I was a kid,” Carn es said.

Today he decorates his business so often for Christmas that customers ask him each year when he is planning to start. It took around two to three weeks for him along with some helpers, to put up the current lights and other decorations around his business.

Some of his decorations he created himself, such as a lighted up tree limb decorated with icicles, red flowers and birds that sits above one of the salon’s dryers as well as a 150-year-old frame decorated with red and gold flower arrangements that also sits above one of the salon’s dryers.

There is not a specific theme he follows when it comes to his decorations but instead works to combine different elements he likes. For instance this year his decorations include a lot of silver and white colors, crystal and feathers.

Carnes has been in the hairstyling business around 53 years. He has wanted to be a hairstylist since he was 9 years old and today still enjoys it as well as decorating his business every year for his customers and Christmas. The salon’s decorations are planned to remain up through New Year’s Day.

Jerry’s Hairstyling is open from about 5:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. every day.

For more information about Jerry’s Hairstyling call 704-289-8943.