Mary Kay Nehring

Mary Kay Nehring has built 50-plus years of loyalty with her customers in the Alden and Iowa Falls communities. While she enjoys the hairstyling part of her profession, building relationships with her clients brings her the most joy.

Throughout the 50-plus years she’s been involved in the business, Mary Kay Nehring has watched hairstyles evolve, but the Alden resident refers to herself as an “old-school” barber or beautician.

With the majority of her customers over the age of 60, Nehring has carved a unique niche in the Alden and Iowa Falls communities with her business, Mary K Beauty Salon.

Mary Kay Nehring

During an early September morning appointment, Mary Kay Nehring curled and trimmed Alden resident Marlys Thomas’ hair. While hairstyles have changed over the course of her 50 years in the business, Nehring said she continues to focus on shampoo sets, perms and haircuts.

Mary Kay Nehring

Decades ago, the Nehrings made the decision to convert a porch on their house into a salon for Mary Kay’s business. Customers continue to visit the family’s Alden residence for appointments.

Mary Kay Nehring

Mary Kay Nehring’s weekly schedule is random. One day she may have four to five appointments. On other days, she has one or none. The flexibility is something the 77-year-old enjoys.

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