What began as a hobby in high school turned into a lifelong vocation for hairstylist Linda Brinkley. She went from cutting her childhood friends' hair to regularly snipping and styling the strands of area newscasters, whether they were on air at the time or not. In a career spanning 35 years, Brinkley has created the Linda Brinkley Haircutting 101 tapes formerly advertised in national magazines, developed her own line of shampoos and conditioners that she recently reintroduced, and enjoyed the distinction of being a three-time graduate of the Roy Peters Color Academy.
While she is known for her hair coloring expertise—particularly her work with blonde highlights—and mastering the long, layered cut, Brinkley has also performed less conventional cuts. When a teenager requested that Brinkley partially shave one side of her shoulder-length hair off, the mane master asked what the client's mother would think. The response: "She has the same hairstyle." And Brinkley obliged.