Our Team

Commitment to Quality

Studio 39 strives to set a salon standard in Kansas City. Part of our Best practice is Due Diligence which means we are transparent in how we give information. We ask guests to do the same by reading what is offered. Our goal is to provide educated options and variables and disclosure on price. If we feel a service is not in your best interest, we will explain why. We are proud to have recognized talent that work as a team. Individual skill is part of our practice, the word “specialist” in stylists description means this is an area they excel in.

 Salon Level System

The internet is flooded with salon terms that can be confusing. After doing research and reading reviews, have you ever selected a “master or senior” stylist, yet felt it did not accurately reflect their description? There a many types of stylists and salons. Casual use of founding terms is an epidemic. Now we have another term thanks to social media, “beauty influencers.” What is that exactly? It usually means someone is unlicensed and should not be attaching themselves to the regulated professional industry at all. There is a lot of misleading information about titles once earned in traditional salon settings where there was a lead stylist.

Some salon owners have been stylists for only a few years and call themselves master stylists. Some salons are not owned by stylists at all, which brings to question how skill or technique is measured. We say enough. If you choose to work outside the parameter in which those terms are used, don’t use them.

FACT: There is no state curriculum or requirement for continuing education to maintain a barber or cosmetology license. This means continuing education is left up to the beauty industry itself. It is often expensive and marketed by product brand’s or an individual looking to make additional income outside of a salon. Finding quality education is difficult, but if it is given by a “master stylist”, it seems more legit. However, there is currently not a clear definition established by the beauty industry of what defines a “master stylist” because this term originated in leveled salons decades ago. Though the industry is booming, stylist careers are in a decline because lack of advanced education early can limit the growth of a stylist later. Shockingly, only 8% of graduates from hair school have a career after 5 years. Titles are created, self given and vary from salon to salon. These unknown industry facts can be confusing to the public and stylists alike. Before you select a salon, know the origin of how salon titles were given so you can make an educated decision because it’s become a marketing term to get your business.

Origin of Salon Level

The history of the professional beauty industry has many factors. A key figure in shaping modern salons was a stylist who became well known in the seventies, a hair cutter named Vidal Sassoon. This iconic leader was the first to create shape and form through cutting who owned high end salons around the world. He believed in two key principles.

  • Foundation of hairstyle is achieved through a haircut.
  • Our trade is a craft, so advancement of skill is learned through mentoring.

We believe both of these as well. You cannot blend extensions, compliment color, or keep hair healthy without cutting. Few have the skill or confidence to cut well after graduation. It is a skill that is developed. Schools focus on basics to pass State Board testing, a test created long before Vidal Sassoon. Theory and sanitation taught in schools are a necessary foundation, but technique portion of State Board is limited and antiquated. Schools recommend graduates find a salon that has a mentor program. Few salons do this anymore, making quality experience a hard find. Long before social media, booth rental, or chain salons, a salon system was created to help new stylists grow. Mentor programs with focused training taught by Master Stylist’s was the only way to become one. The most common service booked has always been a haircut. This stylist mastered cutting first and expanded color later and  served as leader on the floor, teaching by example. Studio 39 Salon owner was mentored in this type of salon and continues this traditional salon practice. We feel this gives our stylists an edge because few salons in our area do this. Even fewer whose owners were trained by a real Master Stylist.

We have five levels to indicate where a stylist is in their career by our standards. Many have spent their entire career here. To read more about click on their photo.

“Only one who devotes all to a cause with their whole soul and strength can be a true master.”

Albert Einstein

Physicist and Super Genius

  • Associate: A stylist who is receiving salon training, available for limited services.
  • Premier: A stylist who has completed S39 cut and color training and on the salon floor
  • Advanced: A stylist with 4+ years with advanced training, specialty focus and a Salon Mentor.
  • Senior: A stylist with 8+ years,multiple specialty skills and on Salon Mentor & Leadership Team.
  • Master:  A stylist with 15+ years, mastered multiple focus skills and a Salon Leader.

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