Our Team

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 professional group of recognized of talent.The S39 staff works as a team by combining skill and education to help obtain personal style goals for salon clientele. This is especially true of the Studio 39 Best Color Practice. This is the salons color approach, which is a unique combination of teamwork, training and experience to perform next level, advanced color work.  Each stylist has been chosen for their special abilities, personality, and commitment to customer service. We believe the foundation of a stylists career starts salon core education. A salon leader that is able to discern what is quality education is the salon core for long term success. Education in precision cutting and advanced color work is mandatory. From there, each stylist is encouraged to find their own area of focus. Long term careers in the salon industry are rare and a big part of Studio 39 Salon culture is to cultivate a career each individual is passionate about. We believe if you dint love what you do you wont ever truly be an expert in your field, so developing specific individual talents is part of salon bedrock. When you see the word “specialist” in professional description, this is an aspect of salon service they excel in.

 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 felt the service did not reflect stylist’s description?  It’s a common and growing epidemic. The ever growing beauty industry is flooded with solo stylists. There can be alot of misleading information, especially with the overuse of titles that were once earned in a traditional a salon setting. The rise of social media, independent contractor salons, and salon chains, have lead to the casual use of a once earned traditional salon titles. Some salons have owners who refer to themselves as master stylists, 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 measured. 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 not a clear definition or industry standard of what defines a “master stylist”. Often titles are created or self given and vary from salon to salon, or even 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

The history of the professional beauty industry has many factors, but a key figure in shaping what evolved to modern salons today 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, and he many high end salons worldwide. He believed the foundation of all hair style, long or short, was achieved through cut work. He also believed success in the salon world was gained through mentoring in a team environment. We believe both these principles as well. You cannot blend hair extensions, 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 shape, so cutting will always be the foundation to hair style. Beauty schools teach the necessary basics to pass State Board testing. This test that was created long before Vidal Sassoon introduced the art of cutting. Though the theory and sanitation methods taught are necessary, the application portion of State Board testing is antiquated and often not relative to modern salon services.  Lack of proper cutting and advanced color education early in a career can limit the growth of a stylists talent and skill. Decades ago before booth rental or chain stores, a system was created in salons to help stylists develop after beauty school. Salons created mentor programs with focused areas of training. They realized the only way to become a Master Stylist was to be mentored by a Master Stylist. The Master Stylist was defined as someone who had confidently mastered all elements of cutting and coloring. This stylist would serve the team leader, manage the salon and spearhead how education was executed by example. The Studio 39 Salon owner was mentored in this type of 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.

“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 3+ years experience with advanced training, a specialty focus and on Salon Mentor Team
  • Senior: A stylist with 5+ years, with multiple specialty skills and part Salon Mentor & Leadership Team.
  • Master:  A stylist with 10 + years with multiple focus skills and Team Leadership

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