Style served with a little piece of history at Hair Unlimited
By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer
As soon as you walk through the doors of Hair Unlimited, customers are greeted with a part of Bandera history indicative of the name Cowboy Capitol of the World. Among many other artifacts, hanging on the wall above the mirror is owner/stylist Eva Adamietz’s photograph of all the participants of the 1943 World Rodeo Championships, in which her grandfather Lem Reeves is pictured next to greats like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
“I’m proud to be a seventh generation Texan and have an ancestral grandfather, Gordon C Jennings, who died at the Alamo,” Adamietz said. “Grandfather Reeves brought us all to Bandera, where I grew up and married my husband Johnny.”
Adamietz said loyal friends have been coming to her since 1975, when she started out in the New Frontier Beauty Shop that was located where the OST John Wayne room is now. She bought out the owner and in 1980, moved Hair Unlimited into its present location at 818 Main Street.
“Now after 42 years, I’m cutting my clients’ grandkids hair,” Adamietz said.
Adamietz, who still does traditional roller sets, perms, haircuts and color, now has a staff of three stylists and a nail tech. Kim Maddox (1994) serves double duty as a stylist and nail tech, specializing in Solar nails. Kimberley Hansen (1990) also offers special nail services and products and newest member of the team stylist Jaye Allee (2014) serves as a stylist.
The salon, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, specializes in hair care, pedicures, Solar nails, shellac and waxing. After 42 years, Adamietz is still making house calls.
“I still travel to one of my most loyal clients home when she calls me to cut and set her hair,” Adamietz said. “She is 102 years old.”
Adamietz definitely does not have plans to retire anytime soon.
“My husband Johnny, said he’s going to install a pulley to the ceiling to hold my arm up,” Adamietz laughed.
Johnny Adamietz Plumbing also shares a place in the Bandera history books, as well as, office space at the salon.
“The salon takes messages for Johnny’s plumbing business and it surprises people when the beauty shop answers for the plumber,” Adamietz said. “So we ask do you need your hair done or do you need a plumber?”
After growing up in Bandera and living in Kerr County since 1983, Johnny and Eva have learned in business, as well as everyday life, that you can’t be thin-skinned.
“We like to say, ‘Take criticism as well as praise with equal grace’ (HEB 12:11),” Adamietz said.
Adamietz noted Dude Ranches, RV Parks and Bed and Breakfast Inns have helped support her business and the Bandera community.
“Meeting people from all over the country and the world has been priceless,” Adamietz said. “Our winter Texans are our drivers for Meals on Wheels and they are missed in the summer.”
Meels on Wheels is one of the many organizations that Adamietz enjoys supporting throughout the years.
“I attend the Cowboy Opry every month, supporting Meals on Wheels,” Adamietz said. “It’s a great time to visit with friends and the entertainment is first class musicians. I have told people it is comparable to the great time we have at Tarpley Baptist Church every Sunday.”
Over the years, Adamietz has seen many changes take place on the downtown landscape of Bandera. She misses the many activities downtown Bandera held for the youth.
“I wish there was more to do for the kids,” Adamietz said. “There used to be a movie theater where the small memorial park and fountain is now and a drive-in movie theater where Fred Collins has his sawmill. We used to love to go skating at the skating rink that was right out of town on Highway 173.”
Even though Hair Unlimited has been around for almost half a century, all of its services and products are the latest and greatest that the world of style has to offer. They carry many hair products including Redken, Tea Tree and Kenra and specialize in Solar nails, shellac and waxing. Hair Unlimited also offers a specialized product line for children called Fairy Tales which includes Rosemary Repel conditioning spray.
For more information about Hair Unlimited, or to make an appointment, call 830-796-4368 or visit their Facebook page.