Bigwigs Hair Salon might be the “new kid” on the 1800 block of North Summit Street, but the ladies inside have been cutting hair for more than two decades.


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Holli Pool, Janet Cannon and Tammy Dowler recently moved from the salon where they all started working to the newly remodeled building that sits between Wendy’s and DiVall Liquor.

Previously, the trio worked at Hairport, a downtown salon that was owned and operated by Mary Lou Turnipseed.

“The original intention was for Mary to come with us,” Dowler said. But as fate would have it, the trio of stylists remained a trio, although their new salon has room for growth.

Bigwigs is located at 1826 N. Summit St. and can be contacted at (620) 442-7883. Follow the salon on Facebook @bigwigssalon.

Long-running history

“We grew up together, we had our babies together, we’ve been together for long time,” Cannon said of the three women’s connections.


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In fact, it was one of Cannon’s children who coined the name of the salon.

Tate Cannon, Janet’s oldest son, was the one who came up with the name “Bigwigs.”

“I texted the girls and they thought it sounded great,” she said.

The ladies’ family-like bond extends to more than just their clientele.

Two other businesses are housed in the complex.

Just to the south of Bigwigs is Polish Salon, where anyone can have a manicure or pedicure. The third business in the building is Homestead Realty, a real estate agency run by Pool’s daughter and mother.

Bigwigs renovation unveiled

Pool and her husband, John, purchased the former car lot because they felt it needed to be spruced up.


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“We’re not afraid of a challenge,” Holli said. But she admitted they are not looking for another one anytime soon.

The move does not seem to have had any negative effect on their business, however.

“We’ve picked up six clients in the last month,” Cannon said.

The salon itself is very modern on the inside, with high ceilings and lots of natural light. “It’s a nice change,” Cannon said.

“This was basically Holli’s vision,” Dowler said. “She’d send us a picture and ask, ‘Do you like this lamp?’ or ‘Do you like this mirror?’ We liked everything.”

Eventually, the trio would like to see more talent come into the salon, but for now, they are comfortable.

“We like the way we do it, and it’s working for us,” Dowler said.