July 8, 2012

Steve Solloway: She's quick with her hands and a cut above

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Liz Leddy is never far from boxing, even as she cuts the hair of Jeremy Young of Freeport at her salon in Portland. Leddy is a two-time national Golden Gloves champion.

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Liz Leddy

"I haven't," said Jeremy Young of Freeport, who's sat in Leddy's chair for three years. "I like the Liz I see here. Sometimes it seems I come in because I need to talk to her more than getting my hair cut. I know she's good but I don't think I could see her getting hit. Or hurt."

Saturday morning, Leddy said she almost killed herself in a workout and then rushed to Custom Cut.

"I don't always have time to paint my nails or make sure my hair is right. Keeping up the image of what our culture wants to see in a hairdresser can be tough."

Her smile widens. She sees a chiropractor, but not for what fighting does to her body. Her day job is taking a toll.

"It's the standing all day, holding my arms and hands above my heart. It's my spine, my hips and all my blood in my ankles at the end of the day. Worrying about carpal tunnel. But I love cutting hair. I love talking to people."

Young got his cut and shampoo -- Leddy can use a straight razor for a shave, too -- and made his next appointment before walking out the door. "How about the 28th?" he asked Leddy. She looked at her appointment book. "Well, I'm actually going to be boxing in Massachusetts. I've got another day for you."

Done. Leddy sat down. The woman who goes a mile a minute had time for a break.

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