Jesse Lee Sharpley
Jesse Lee Sharpley was born Dec.
17, 1923, in Gorman, Texas and grew up in Sudan. She attended Texas
Tech College in the early 1950's. She was a successful entrepreneur,
national trendsetter in women's fashions, cosmetologist, educator
and television personality. She garnered countless awards and
acclaim across the United States. A "career woman" before the term
came into popular use,
broke new ground for women and opened doors for future success. Sharpley's path to fame began in 1952 when she embarked on a highly
successful hair design career. The first woman in Lubbock to ever
charge for a haircut, she won unprecedented first places for both
styling and cutting at the national competition in Chicago in 1952,
and opening the Hair Design Institute in Lubbock in 1956.
In addition to owning
and managing her famous beauty school, she had a daily television
program and a newspaper column. Sharpley was selected as guest
artist for numerous design shows in at least 17 states and published
21 method books containing information on cosmetology and the
styling process which were used by hair designers nationwide.
Sharpley also taught
business and design courses for Texas Tech University, the
University of Oklahoma, the University of Kansas, and the University
of Oregon. In 1979 she was one of the first inductees into the
Texas Cosmetology Association Hall of Fame. Sharpley and the
graduates of her design program had a major impact on careers and
coiffures in Texas and beyond.
Jesse Lee Sharpley died
May 05, 2007.