Indianapolis salon managers and owners discuss styles and trends

What services do you offer?

Bab May: "We're a full service salon, but not a spa. We strictly do hair and some facial waxing. We mostly do haircuts and coloring."

Erin Barrett: "We do men's, women's and kids' haircuts. We do color, highlights, corrective coloring, deep conditioning treatments, waxing, makeup, extensions, eyelash extensions and wedding parties."

Lisa Ryberg: "We do just hair and facial hair removal. We do men's cuts, women's cuts, coloring, perms, and eyebrow and lip waxing."

How much do you charge for a man's haircut? How much for a woman's

May: "It's about $25 for a men's haircut and $35 for women."

Barrett: "Depending on the stylist, men's are between $30 and $40, and women's are between $45 and $55."

Ryberg: "Men's range from $20 to $23, and women's range from $45 to $48, depending on the stylist."

What makes you stand out from your competition?

May: "I think consistent customer service and the fact that we've been here for 25 years."

Barrett: "We have 18 stylists and it's just a really fun and inviting space. We rent our upstairs loft out for wedding parties and do complimentary consultations. We're the only salon in Indiana that carries Profound Beauty products."

Ryberg: "We carry Aveda products, which are in fewer than 7,000 salons across the United States. You also get a scalp massage and shampoo with every cut, and we provide complimentary neck and bang trims for our guests."

What's the hot trend for women right now? For men?

May: "More of a layered, casual look; more messy and less formal. Midwestern men aren't that fashion forward."

Barrett: "Simple, low maintenance styles. For men, it's length on top and tapered on the sides and back."

Ryberg: "We're seeing a lot more texture, and more layers and waves. For men, it's tight on the sides and longer on top."

What's the craziest hair emergency you've handled?

May: "We see a lot of color mistakes - one lady came in with purple hair."

Barrett: "We see a lot of people who did their hair color in the kitchen with drugstore products."

Ryberg: "I fixed a Flowbee haircut where an attachment came off and sucked out a large piece of the girl's hair."

What's the most common mistake people make with their hair?

May: "Not using the right products. If you spend money on coloring, don't shortchange it by using the wrong products."

Barrett: "Not getting the right cut for their face's geometry. The newest trend might not be right for you; your face shape determines what suits you."

Ryberg: "Being overly ambitious in the style they want. You have to consider your lifestyle, your hair type and texture, and your face shape, and have a good stylist."


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