Shanda Scott of Copperas Cove, owner of Gifted Hands Salon and Spa, first learned she had the drive and interest to be a hairstylist when she was young and loved playing with dolls by fixing their hair.

“I would always do their hair ... my mom would always tell me how beautiful it was,” she said. “So I had an opportunity of doing my doll babies’ hair over and over and I would do different styles.”

Scott has owned and operated Gifted Hands Salon and Spa for about three years.

“I’ve always wanted to do hair, because I want people to feel good about themselves and look good,” she said.

Scott said her skill and technique to be a hair artist grew as she styled hair in her neighborhood as she took courses in high school and attended cosmetology school.

A retired Army veteran, Scott said traveling in the military allowed her to showcase her talents by working in hair salons in Germany and Maryland.

When she settled in Copperas Cove, she was advised to open her own shop.

“I just really wanted to continue doing it, and so my mom, before she passed, told me the gifts were in my hands,” Scott said. “That gave me some incentive and positivity to go forward and continue to use the gifts that God has given me.”

Donna Stewart of Copperas Cove has been a client at Gifted Hands salon for six months.

“The service is excellent, and I love the atmosphere,” she said. “This is the first time I ever got my hair colored, because my mom always said never to get my hair colored. I was kind of apprehensive about it, but they are taking very good care of it.”

Scott said her shop styles hair for women, men and children and is a full service spa.

“I enjoy doing it because this is my passion,” she said. “I love to see people happy because when they come from work they are tired, worn out and stressed, and this gives them a time to relax and feel at home.”

Gifted Hands Salon and Spa is at 117 W. Avenue D, Copperas Cove.

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