Ledbetter raises family, owns local hair salon

Former Frenship graduate Ruth Ledbetter owns Guy’s and Gal’s hair salon on the Brownfield Highway.

Her 32 years of experience and love of her job have landed her and her family in the Frenship Community. She  has raised her three children — Westin, Kalvin and DeLacey — in the Frenship Community.

Ledbetter moved to Petersburg for two years but continued to run her salon in the Frenship Community. She has been active in Frenship athletics because Westin played baseball and Kalvin played football for Frenship’s varsity. DeLacey is currently playing softball and volleyball.

What brought you to the Frenship community?

“I moved to Wolfforth when I was 6 years old with my family. My parents were farmers, and they bought some land out in Wolfforth. I started off attending Casey Elementary and went through the Frenship school system. My older brothers still farm to this day. We made the move from Slaton. I remember back then we used to live off of 179. We walked to school every day. I have really seen the area grow. I don’t know if I could let my kids loose now.”

Ruth Ledbetter

Born: Slaton.
Experience: 32 years in cosmetology.
Salon name: Guy’s and Gal’s.
Church: Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Family: Westin 21, Kalvin 20, DeLacey 12.

When did you decide to make cosmetology a career?

“I guess around junior high I really started thinking about making it a career. I attended the Jessi Lee school of cosmetology. It was a pretty well-known place in the area. I attended through a vocational program offered at Frenship. It was like taking a college class and getting credit while going to high school. After I graduated, I worked over the summer and then bought my shop. I have had it for 32 years and only moved locations one time in 1994.”

What are some good things about being a hair dresser?

“I have met lots of people. I think your clients become family, especially when they are regular customers. It is nearly like a soap opera each week catching up with people every week. When you have kids that go to school and are active in sports, the job makes it easy to be involved in their lives. I make my own schedule and am flexible to see my family often.”

What are some bad things about being a hair dresser?

“What a lot of people do not realize is that hair dressers get a lot of injuries. I was told they are among one of the highest professions for having back problems because you are always standing on your feet and looking down.”

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