At 86, she still works five days a week and has no plans to retire

Paulette Barbusse, an 86-year-old woman from Gard, embodies passion and determination at work. A hairdresser since the age of 14, she started in her father’s hairdressing salon and continued to practice this profession throughout her life. Today, she runs her own salon, taking over her father’s business with love and commitment.

Working five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Paulette categorically refuses to retire. For her, this word does not exist in her vocabulary. She expresses absolute happiness in getting up every morning to go to work, saying that her passion for hairdressing and good health keep her in shape and ward off fatigue.

Over the years, Paulette has managed to build the loyalty of a solid clientele, renowned for her good humor and her contagious laughter. She prefers to do men’s hair, finding them less demanding than women. His salon has become a meeting place where his clients come not only to have their hair cut, but also to read the newspaper, have coffee and exchange pleasant discussions.

Working as a hairdresser is for Paulette much more than just a job, it is a passion that allows her to stay connected with others, especially after the death of her husband in 2012. Her salon is her second home, where she feels the happiest. Even the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the closure of his salon for several months, did not dampen his determination to continue his activity.

As she approaches her 87th birthday, Paulette plans to celebrate this event surrounded by her family and the inhabitants of the village, symbols of the community that is close to her heart. For her, dying in her store would be the greatest accomplishment, because it is where she feels most fulfilled.

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