Meet Sheila Lentz, Hair Elf to the brightest star of them all -- Saint Nick!
Sheila has been a hair dresser for 34 years. When Santa saw her beautiful work on the hair of so many people in Snellville, he knew he had found his Hair Elf. Slipping in and out of chimneys in the dark of night, I bet he sees a lot of things, but he appreciated Sheila’s talents with hair.
Santa must be fluffed and puffed each day before he meets his public, and Sheila is the master Fluffer-Puffer for the area. Santa Claus and his magic elf meet early in the morning to get him ready to face the day.
The man has a lot on his mind. He can’t worry about his hair.
Trained as a cosmetologist at Dale Strepple’s on North Highland Avenue in Atlanta, Sheila has a true gift for hair. She does cuts, perms and color that are just amazing. Many people have found out about her magical Hair Elf talents and just sit down in her chair and say simply, “Do whatever you think would look the best.”
After I discovered Sheila and her amazing skills, I started just saying, “Hair Elf, make your magic!” I have never left her chair disappointed.
I used to cut out pictures, even take photos of complete strangers to show my hair dresser. Bless their hearts. They tried. I wouldn’t realize that my hair didn’t grow like that, have that curl, or the model only had one chin. I would walk in as Wyle E. Coyote and expect to walk out as Charlie’s Angel, Farah Fawcett.
Sheila even made me look good when my hair was thinning so badly while I was under so much stress that I was pulling it out in chunks!
I had very long hair growing up. I didn’t think hair and make-up. I swam like a mermaid and looked like a half strangled turkey. In the mornings, my Daddy (yes, my Daddy) pulled that long mess into a pony tail or a braid and off I went to school.
When I finally cut my hair in high school, I didn’t know what to do with it. Daddy didn’t know what to do with the extra time in the morning. He had slicked back my hair for years while Mama cooked breakfast. Now, I still swam like a mermaid, but I resembled a badger in shock.
Several years ago I found Sheila. At first I would show her pictures and try to explain a hair style and then one day, I said, “Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”
That was the end of my search for the perfect hair cut. I realized in her skilled hands, I could look pretty good without the badger effect. It was wonderful. Most of the time I dry my hair, ruffle my hands through it, spray and attack the day. That takes the talents of a true Hair Elf to give you a cut that works when the head the hair grows on has little or no hair styling skills.
Sheila Lentz is a pure genius when it comes to hair. Ask Santa Claus, he’ll tell you.
1977 Scenic Hwy, Snellville
Scenic Square Shopping Center (next to Michael’s)
(Many thanks to Rick Hyman, Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shop, Duluth.)