"People say they find comfort when they come to my shop because they can feel love, they feel Jesus," says Robyn Cline, 52, owner of Hair Expressions beauty salon in Morehead.
Hair Expressions beauty salon opened in 2003. Robyn works alongside another hairdresser and friend April Trent, 35, and a recently hired intern, Felisha Bowies, 19. Their clients range in age from 40 to 80. Most come regularly and are often longtime friends.
Robyn's religious journey began when she was 14. Her sister died at 12 years old in an auto accident that also injured her mother and another sister. Robyn's large family--parents and seven children--had never found the time to go to church. When a cousin suggested that going to church could help them through this tough time, the family began attending Morehead's House of Prayer.
"I was hooked," Robyn says. "Death gave me life that day."
Today, Robyn is active in her church community. She is a minister alongside her husband, Joe Cline, 43, who is a pastor as well as a chief deputy sheriff in Morehead. In addition to attending church services regularly, occasionally teaching Sunday school, and participating in church-held events, Robyn co-leads the Jail Ministry in her church.
"You may be in jail, but when Jesus is in your life, you are free," Robyn says.
Robyn's relationship with God is present throughout her life. In the salon, the topic of God often comes up in conversation between Robyn and her clients. Robyn believes that her work is connected to her relationship with God.
"Because Jesus is in my life, when I touch your hair, I pray for you," she says. "When I touch your hair, I'm listening to you."