After 60 years, Harry Cramton is still cutting hair
During his six decade career, Cramton was a traveling consultant, owned two beauty schools, ran his own shop and more.
Harry Cramton styles his clients’ hair three days a week at the Ranch Acres Beauty Center.
Harry Cramton is considering purchasing a $400 hair dryer that completely dries hair in minutes. He’s just not sure he’ll get his money’s worth.
The 83-year-old has been cutting hair for 60 years as of this spring, and he’s uncertain how much longer he’ll work.
Cramton works three mornings a week in a throwback of a booth he has rented at the Ranch Acres Beauty Center for the past five years.
“I’m not trying to build a clientele because it’s too late,” Cramton says. “I joke with my kids about it. They’re not going to say ‘Young Hairdresser Found Dead’ (laughs). I finally got so old, but I’m still here and still working, and that’s good.”
Cramton’s family moved from Chicago to Tulsa in 1952. Following graduation from Central High School, Cramton worked at a flower shop and enlisted in the Air National Guard, serving eight years.
“I never even thought of going to beauty school,” he says. “My parents wrote and said they’d pay for me to go to beauty school if I promised to do it for a year.” So, he attended Roberts Beauty School at East 11th Street and South Rockford Avenue years before eventually owning it for more than a decade.
During his six decades of cutting hair, Cramton was a traveling consultant, ran the salon in Hillcrest Medical Center’s physician building for 25 years, owned two beauty schools and ran his own shop on East 15th Street. At the time he started, a haircut cost $4. Today they start at $30.
“I was reminiscing about the beginning of hair dressing for me to where I am now,” says Cramton, who in his free time enjoys going to movies at Circle Cinema and playing bridge. “There were so many clients that I touched their lives and they really touched mine. Everything I know I learned from them.
“That’s what it’s really about. It’s about an interaction between two people.”