Selecting a career path was easy for Heather Sewell Mitchell. After all, in true Southern, "Steel Magnolias" fashion, Mitchell practically grew up in a salon.
"My great aunt, Mary Abercrombie, owned Casa Bonita Salon in Lebanon, and I would sit and watch all of the women in there working. They always looked like they were having so much fun and enjoying their jobs. I wanted to be just like them," she remembered.
After graduation from Lebanon High School, Mitchell attended college at Western Kentucky University.
She began work as a hair stylist at Hair Unlimited in 2002 until Belladonna Salon opened its doors in 2005. She's been with Belladonna ever since.
"The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that no matter how crazy of a day or week my clients are having, after they leave the salon they feel better about themselves, and I get to be a little part of that," Mitchell explained. "Also, the many great, unexpected people that I have developed relationships with. I wouldn't give all the money in the world for that."
She is married to Mark Mitchell. Although the couple knew each other since kindergarten, they didn't start dating until the summer of 1999.
They now have two children, Eliza Grace, a seventh-grader at Winfree Bryant Middle School; and Grady, a first-grader at Byars Dowdy Elementary.
In her spare time, Mitchell enjoys kayaking and going to the lake with friends. She can also be frequently found watching Eliza Grace cheer at Winfree Bryant games.
"I like working out, anything artistic with Grady, riding 4-wheelers on our farm and spending time with my family," she added.
Many women inspire Mitchell on a daily basis.
She called her coworkers her "rock."
"They teach me something new every day," she said. Her mother, Lisa Crockett, is another lady she admires.
"She has been the best mother and friend I could ask for. She has always put my brother and myself first in everything she does. I hope I can be half the mother she has always been," she said, before adding her grandmothers, Helen Bailey and Jenny Sewell, to this list.
"They are both strong and healthy women and full of life. My two aunts, Kay Hall and Melanie Brown, have both encouraged and inspired me in my interests and life journey. I am eternally grateful for each strong woman that has been paced in my path. They have made me who I am."