For those looking for a haircut from a seasoned professional but who don’t necessarily need the hustle and bustle of a full-service hair salon, Grant’s Hair Salon on Omar Road may be just the ticket.
Located just two short miles west of St. George’s Church, the sunny two-chair salon sits on the end of Grant Murray’s house.
Murray, a Sussex Countian and graduate of Indian River High School, has been doing hair for more than 35 years. He got his start in high school and graduated from Sussex Vocational School (now called Sussex Tech) and IR simultaneously, in 1974.
His specialty is hair cutting. He does do some perms and partial highlights, but said he particularly enjoys the challenge of a good cut. He recently attended the Redken Hair Show at the Ocean City Convention Center and noted that he enjoys staying on top of the latest trends and techniques.
Murray opened his first salon in Rehoboth Beach at the age of 19, with the help of his parents, Bernice Murray and the late Grant Murray Sr. He owned that salon for nine years before selling it to the present-day owners. After staying on to work with the new owners for a few years, he opened a salon in Bethany Beach — A Cut Above Hair Gallery — which is still there today.
“I had a lot of great employees over the years,” said Murray. “One special one, my cousin, Cathy Tripp, and I worked together at A Cut Above — and Jackie. And I met a lot of wonderful clients from all over the U.S.”
After 14 years, he sold that salon and decided to start teaching. He taught for five years at the Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology in Dagsboro, but recently he decided he was ready to get back in the game. He said that he has always had a faithful clientele, and he was glad to be able to serve them full-time again.
“I wanted to be back behind the chair,” he said. “Clients would call and ask when I was going to cut hair again. And I enjoy my work.”
So, three years ago, Murray built on to his house and he now works out of his home salon full-time, Tuesday through Saturday. He uses and sells Paul Mitchell and Redken products. The home salon has two chairs, so he does have the option of eventually hiring an extra set of hands. But, for now, he said he enjoys the relaxing atmosphere his salon provides for him.
“I want to stay small and pace myself,” said Murray. “I ventured out with the teaching, but I’ve built a good clientele, and I enjoy my work and chatting with people.”
Grant’s Hair Salon is located at 32506 Omar Road, Frankford. Appointments are available Tuesday through Saturday by calling (302) 732-6467.