Our Commitment to Quality
Studio 39 has a reputation for setting the standard of quality in hair and beauty services in Kansas City. We are proud to have a recognized group of talented, licensed professionals known in our area. The S39 staff works as a team by combining skill and education to help you get the the hair and personal style you want. Each stylist has been chosen for their special abilities, personality, and commitment to customer service. We believe core quality education is key for success. Education in precision cutting and advanced color work is mandatory. Each stylist has special areas of focus that have been cultivated to strengthen specific individual talents. When you see the word “specialist” in their professional description, this is an aspect of the salon service they excel in.
Definition of a Salon Level System
Have you ever been confused by titles like “Master Stylist’? This overused term can be baffling to both salon seekers and stylists alike. After doing research and reading reviews, have you ever selected a “master” or “senior” stylist yet still had a bad cut or color by someone who was supposedly experienced? We hear of it often. The ever growing beauty industry can be misleading by the overuse of titles that were once earned in a traditional salon sense. The rise of social media, independent contractor salons, and salon chains have lead to the casual use of once earned traditional salon titles. Some salons have owners who refer to themselves as experts or masters, yet have not been stylists long enough to be called such. Some salons are not owned by stylists at all, which brings to question how skill or technique is judged. There is no state curriculum or requirement for continuing education to maintain a barber or cosmetology license. This creates the circumstance of continuing education to be left up to the beauty industry itself, which is expensive and often marketed by the product brand or individual offering it. There is no current standard what defines a “master stylist” so titles or definitions are created or self given, and often vary from salon to salon, stylist to stylist. These unknown industry facts can be confusing to the public. Before you select a salon, know the origin of how salon titles were given so you can make an educated decision.
Origin of Salon Level Systems
The history of the professional beauty industry has many factors, but a key figure in shaping what evolved to modern salons today was started in the seventies by a hair cutter named Vidal Sassoon. This iconic salon leader was the first to create hair shape and form through cutting. He believed the foundation of all hair style, long or short, was achieved through cut work. We believe this as well. You cannot blend hair extensions, or compliment color techniques, or keep hair long and damage free, without knowledgeable cutting. Very few beauty school graduates have the ability or confidence to carve hair into a beautiful, styleable shape, yet cutting will always be the foundation to any hair style. Beauty schools teach the necessary basics to pass State Board testing. A test that was created long before Vidal Sassoon introduced the art of cutting. Lack of proper cutting/current salon education can limit the growth of a stylists talent and skill. Before the days of booth rental or salon chains, there was a system to help stylists develop after beauty school. Salons created mentor programs with focused areas of training because they realized the only way to become a Master Stylist was to be mentored by a Master Stylist. The Studio 39 Salon owner was mentored in such a salon and that philosophy is continued here today. Though passionate about staying on the front of the style and beauty industry, this is a traditional salon principle we adhere to. This means even some of our stylists who are not quite “Masters” are probably more trained than the average salon.
We have five levels to indicate where a stylist is in their career by our salon standards. To read more about the background, skills and training, and details of a stylist, simply click on their photo.
- Associate: A stylist who is licensed and receiving salon training, available for limited services.
- Premier: A stylist who has completed S39 basic training and is within the first three years on the salon floor
- Advanced: A stylist with three or more years experience and has areas of specialty focus skills like color or cutting
- Senior: A stylist with a minimum of 5 years on the salon floor with specialty skills in multiple areas and part Salon Mentor team.
- Master: A stylist with 10 plus years of in-salon experience and has mastered multiple focus skills.
Stylist & Colorist
Sierra is an experienced cutting specialist and has a talent with red hair techniques and highlighting. She has an an understanding of balance and form with hair shape and listens carefully to give her salon guests what they want.