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A Cut Up operator calls Hebron home: The salon offers services for all ages

HEBRON -- Desirae Reuer, licensed manager/operator of A Cut Up salon in Hebron, does a variety of hair treatments for her patrons -- from cuts and colors to perms, shampoos and old-fashioned curler sets.

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Owner-stylist Desirae Reuer takes a break at A Cut Up, located on Main Street in Hebron. (Linda Sailer/The Dickinson Press)

HEBRON - Desirae Reuer, licensed manager/operator of A Cut Up salon in Hebron, does a variety of hair treatments for her patrons - from cuts and colors to perms, shampoos and old-fashioned curler sets.

“They become my family when they walk into the door, and we pick up conversations from the last time they were here,” Reuer said. “We get to know each other so well, and it’s fun to watch the families grow up.”

Reuer moved to Hebron in her freshman year in high school. After graduation, she enrolled in a Paul Mitchell cosmetology school at Bismarck. She finished the 12-month program and also qualified to attend extra cosmetology courses at Las Vegas.

“All the top educators in the nation taught you for a few days - it was fun taking the extra classes,” she said.

Reuer worked for six months with a Bismarck salon, until realizing she’d like to be closer to family back home.

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“I applied at a salon in Glen Ullin and was working there,” she said. “About a year later, someone asked that if they could get a place for me in Hebron, would I be willing to work here.”

Discussing the opportunity with her husband, David, she accepted the offer. That was five years ago.

Reuter stays current in hair trends by attending workshops around the region. She tries to return to Las Vegas every other year for training. Trends have evolved over the years, but she still gets to do everything.

“Perms were big when I started, and I still have two clients who like curlers,” she said. “I get the high school girls, but they don’t come as often - one color and cut and they’re good for the year. The others come every four to six weeks for a cut or color.”

As a side business, Reuer offers a tanning bed.

“March and April are the busiest months when everyone is getting ready to go on trips and want to get tanned before being sunburned,” she said.

Proms are another busy season.

“I do tannings and updos - that’s my favorite,” she said.

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The salon hours vary from summer to winter. Most appointments are made for the afternoon, because she helps the school cook prepare lunches at Hebron Public School.

Reuer can’t imagine returning to work in a bigger city.

“This is where I belong, this is where people know my name,” Reuer said.

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