Hanging up her scissors

Sharon McDaniel retiring after 35 years in beauty business to spend time with husband


After 35 years serving her customers, Sharon McDaniel is retiring as beautician and nail technician at The Scissor Shack.

McDaniel said she is “putting away her scissors, nail files and color bowls” to spend time with her husband, Tim, who is employed on the pipeline. “We’ve lived apart for the past five years except when one of us travels to see the other and we decided we didn’t want to do that anymore,” McDaniel said. When the couple began discussing McDaniel’s retirement, they discovered in the past 365 days, they had been together 24. 

The couple’s son, Logan, is now a junior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and will soon be out on his own. “I’ll still be able to be with him and help him, whatever he needs,” she said.

There wasn’t a time that McDaniel didn’t want to be beautician, she said. “My dad used to buy me little mannequins with wigs and I would cut their hair,” she said.

After graduating from Paris High School, McDaniel enrolled in Harold’s Beauty Academy in Terre Haute. She and her longtime friend and partner, Lori Bell, began their journey together on Route 1 just north of the entrance to Twin Lakes Park.

“It was just a little shack,” she said. McDaniel’s mother, Gloria VanAbrams, came up with the name Scissor Shack and the name just stuck.

The business has had many locations, McDaniel said, including upstairs at the former JC Penney building, on the north side of the square, on the west side of the square, on West Jasper Street and East Court Street.

“Eno Vitale encouraged us to build our own building and that’s what we did,” she said. Thad Cary constructed the shop’s permanent home at 601 S. Main Street.

McDaniel noted 35 years is a longtime to be in business. “Many of my wash and set clients are gone,” she said. But two of McDaniel’s first clients — Katie Marlowe and Linda Ballard — are still customers.

“I feel like I’ve gone through an entire generation,” she said.

Although she didn’t originally do nails, she took a class and was certified several years ago, McDaniel said.

One of McDaniel’s biggest concerns is what she’s going to do with her free time once she retires. She said there are pipeline wives who socialize and go out to lunch together. “I love to workout and that will continue to keep me busy,” she said. “There’s still a lot I want to do to our home and I will have more time for that.”

McDaniel will be out of the shop Nov. 24-28 and return Nov. 29. Her last working day is Dec. 22. Bright and early the next morning, the family will travel to Florida to spend Christmas. 

“It’s tough letting go of the family I have created through all my years of business,” she said, noting without her clients she would never have been a successful businesswoman.