In 1985, Andrea ‘Andi’ Armstrong began her career in the hair industry where she began her journey at the ‘Hair Loom’ in Downtown Colusa; from there she joined a team of stylists at Shear Class in Williams.
For over 23 years, Armstrong worked at Shear Class as an employee. When the company changed to independent stylists, just two years ago, Armstrong remained with the company and rented a stylist booth.
“I was shocked when I was told that Diana (Azevedo), Polly (Codorniz) and Jay (Flagor) were going to be relocating to Colusa,” said Armstrong, “when I was asked if I wanted to come along, I felt it was best for me to stay in Williams.”
Armstrong has a longtime family history in Williams and she wasn’t ready to give that up.
“The decision to stay was the right decision for me, my family and our community,” said Armstrong, “I didn’t want to see our town loose another business, that’s when I decided to open New Attitude Salon.”
Shear Class was once known for its central information hub of the community, and Armstrong says that hasn’t changed.
“I still get people stopping in and asking questions about our community,” said Armstrong.
In addition to Armstrong’s entrepreneurial endeavor, she is quite the philanthropist within the community of Williams.
Armstrong has served on the Williams Unified School District Board of Trustees for the past several years; in addition, she is also the president of the Citizens for a Better Williams. Armstrong is a strong leader and supporter of the many youth programs in the community.
Armstrong is also a certificated first responder, and supporter of the Williams Fire Department.
Armstrong most recent efforts include the ‘Welcome Home’ tributes to returning military service men and women to our community, and organizing a heartfelt tribute when bringing a fallen soldier home to rest.
“Starting my own salon was never in my plans,” said Armstrong, “I was content with just renting a booth space.”
As ‘Shear Class/Salon Central’ made its transition to Colusa as ‘Changes’, Armstrong began her journey on opening her own salon.
“I wanted New Attitude Salon to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for my clients,” said Armstrong, “I think I have accomplished that goal.”
“My clients comment on the quieter atmosphere,” said Armstrong, “I get to have a more one-on-one conversations with them.”
One of the many challenges Armstrong faced during the transition was time, “I have to thank my husband, family and friends for helping me get ready in a short time period.”
“The community has been very appreciative that I decided to stay in Williams,” said Armstrong, “I am keeping busy and enjoying every minute of it.”
“Please stop by and check out New Attitude Salon,” said Armstrong, “and check out our popular organic line of hair care products, in addition to our line of traditional salon products.”
New Attitude Salon is located at 530 7th Street in Downtown Williams, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, appointments are available by calling (530) 682-1614.
New Attitude Salon provides full salon services for both men and women; in addition she offers manicures, and pedicures. An on-site massage therapist is also available by appointment.