The Boulder County District Attorney’s office confirmed that Suzette Hall, who has also gone by the name Suzette Dawe, was taken into custody on Nov. 27, and was being held on $25,000 bond. An arrest affidavit indicates this is her second offense for practicing barbering and cosmetology without a license and felony criminal impersonation.
Practicing cosmetology without a license is a federal offense, the DA’s office confirmed.
In Hall’s arrest affidavit, Longmont Police Detective Stephen Desmond reported that he recalled Hall from a previous check fraud case. Desmond said Hall had bounced a number of checks when attempting to rent a chair at a Longmont salon in 2008. A court eventually ordered Hall to stop utilizing unauthorized manicure tools and to cease from performing permanent makeup services, due to her lack of a license to do so.
Desmond said he began receiving new reports in October that Hall had opened a salon in Johnstown called Rebel Beauty, and was advertising topless haircuts for $45 on Craigslist.
Hall’s business partner at Rebel Beauty told investigators that the two’s relationship soured when Hall began offering topless services. The business partner told police Hall had also solicited sex with men both in the salon and via “house calls.”
When contacted, Hall’s ex-husband told investigators that his ex-wife was offering services in Loveland as “Rebel Barber.” He also said Hall’s cosmetology license was “in the mail” and that she had applied for “a nude license for hairstylists.”
State regulators later told police there is no such thing as a “nude license for hairstylists.”
By Will C Holden