2017 Fab 40: Eva McCoy


Age: 68
City: Nephi

Casting call Eva’s love affair with hair found its roots 50 years ago when she entered beauty school right after high school. At the time, it was illegal for her to cut men’s hair (cosmetologists and barbers held separate licenses). Since 1977, Utah Valley has said “I do” to Eva’s hairdos, and she currently cuts and styles at Stewart Palmer Salon and Spa in Provo.

Costume change “I like to ride my husband’s Harley with him. I also really enjoy going out to eat and spending time with my two children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.”

Encore “I love the fun I have with my friends — and when I say my friends I mean my clients. The role of a hairdresser is more than styling hair. It’s listening to their problems and giving advice.”

Break-a-leg-advice “Whether going into my profession or any other, make sure you like what you do. Look at your life in a positive manner and find the good.”

The show must go on Last year, Eva almost lost her husband of 38 years due to health problems. “Losing loved ones in life is probably one of the biggest trials that we have,” she says. One of the best moments of her life? When she went through the temple with Bob to be sealed.

Encore “My first great-grandson was born on my birthday so that stands out as being special.”

Meet all the members of the 2017 Fab 40 here.


Utah Valley is Lindsey's home away from her Colorado Springs home. She writes for Utah Valley Magazine, UtahValley360.com and Prosper Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @lindsey5brooke.

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