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Local woman's colorful dream finally takes root

Hair-a-win opens on First Avenue

ROCK FALLS – Paula Peikert has a passion for hair, and a pretty positive outlook on life: Bad things might happen, but good things will come of them.

Peikert, 39, of Rock Falls, is fulfilling a longtime dream to become a hair stylist. She has opened Hair-a-win: A Salon for Hair Junkies, at 1400 First Ave., in the old Boss Flooring building across the street from Arthur’s Garden Deli.

The former Allied Locke worker has a husband, Rick, and two children at home. She attended Educators of Beauty in Sterling in high school, but didn’t finish as children, family, and life intervened.

Then she suffered an injury in a car accident that would have cost her her job of 17 years, so she took it as a sign to delay her dream no longer.

Last year, she went back to Educators.

“The same day I finished school, the offer came to me to rent the building where my shop is,” Peikert said. “And even though it was scary, I decided to go for it, because at my age, the opportunity may not come around again. So here we are!”

Peikert opened her shop June 19 with three of her pals from the beauty school. Peikert and Andrea Vandyke are stylists, Pravana-certified colorists (Pravana color is vibrant pinks, purples, yellows, greens, reds and blues), and are certified to do Brazilian blowouts. Bliss Cavazos and Vanessa Nicewanner are stylists.

“I take pride in the fact that all my girls here have excellent customer service skills and know how to treat a client and make it all about them,” Peikert said.

Their motto: “We like to make every day a good hair day.”

Her salon offers “just about anything hair-related,” she said: cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, color correction, keratin treatments, smoothing, perming, nails, waxing, and special occasion hair and makeup.

Walk-ins are welcome, and if you don’t see a service listed, just ask, Peikert said.


1400 First Ave., Rock Falls


9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Sunday by appointment

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