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Beauty and the economy

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The U.S bureau of Labor reports that barbers, cosmetologist and personal appearance workers made up more than 800,000 jobs in 2006, and that number is expected to grow.

For Monica Lewis being beautiful is a top priority. "We as women want to look beautiful even if that means cutting back on extra snacks you make that adjustment."

She spends $150 a month on her beauty regimens. But despite tough economic times, being beautiful is not something she plans on sacrificing.

"You really have to budget and set aside money to be able to do it but if that's something you care about you tend to make that adjustment," said Lewis.

"Women are always going to be vain and certain things no matter what consequences we are always gonna make sure we find someway to get our hair done our nails done all of those things done," said Salon manager Debbie Davis.

Salon manager Debbie Davis says she sees a consistent flow of customers most days. She also has gotten used to hearing stories from customers who are struggling financially. "I hear them say I cant afford to pay my bills but I've got someone else that's willing to make that sacrifice to get my hair done because they like me to look nice, I hear a lot of that."

Could the beauty business be recession proof? Some say it just may be. The bureau of labor reports jobs in cosmetology field will increase 14 percent by the year 2016.

"There is a beauty salon on every block..a beauty salon a church and a liquor store every where you turn around," said Davis.

Debbie says the competition is fierce right now..and they are doing everything they can to bring in more customers. "We've gone down on our prices we've offered specials and all different kinds of things to keep people coming in because the economy is bad...there still coming but they always wants something extra now."

Working extra hard helps keep her business above water.

"We start early and we work until we fall out 7 days a week," said Davis.

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