updated 09/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
For Smoot, a Kentucky-born former Army brat and waitress, "The idea is that natural can be glamorous. I like hair to look soft and free; I like to see it move." Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Rosanne Cash, Hal Ketchum and others have all sought the Mirror image. (A basic cut costs $25 for men, $40 for women.)
Looks aren't everything at the shop. "I go in just to get the Maria vibe," says Yearwood. "It's like a little sanctuary." Smoot establishes the tone, sipping cappuccino from a Mason jar and chatting easily with clients. The three stylists she employs—Loren Haston, 29, Paige Simmons, 23, and Debra Wingo, 34—are also her longtime friends. "There's a great spirit to these women," says Ketchum. "You feel it when you walk in the door. They like what they do, and they're good at it."
Smoot says her celebrity clients never ask her to close the shop for a private session. "They're not that way," she says. "Besides, when your hair's wet, nobody knows who you are."