Hair Professionals stylists discover new residence at Stylish Magnificence Salon in Ames


Speaking with Catherine Ulin and Nicole Huston of Stylish Magnificence Salon in Ames is like chatting with lifelong buddies who giggle by conversations and end one another’s sentences.

However they met solely three weeks in the past.

“It is like when two households be part of and also you share bunk beds. We’re just like the ‘Brady Bunch,'” Ulin mentioned, referring to the American tv present that ran from 1969-74.

Huston has owned Hair Professionals, previously at 301 Most important St. in Ames, for 22 years. When Huston determined to seek for a extra inexpensive location for her and her three stylists, Stylish Magnificence Salon was her first cellphone name.

“I like being downtown. I needed to maintain that great feeling. And we mix completely. Discovering Catherine took away the entire unhappy,” Huston mentioned.

In the meantime, Ulin bought Stylish Magnificence Salon at 202 Most important St. three years in the past. She has labored there for 23 years. 

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Companies embody body-waxing, shampoo units and everlasting hair relaxers

When Huston known as in March searching for a brand new residence, each Stylish and Hair Professionals had 4 stylists. The brand new partnership was nearly seamless.


Ulin has been providing full body-waxing companies for nearly 16 years at Stylish.

“I am one of many few locations that try this, together with Brazilian waxes,” Ulin mentioned. “That is one of many causes Ann wasn’t capable of be part of us right here.”

Ann Kout-Lester, a stylist from Hair Professionals who additionally affords body-waxing, has joined His & Hers Salon at 413 Most important St. Ulin mentioned having two body-waxing professionals required separate rooms for the companies, and Ulin solely had one room accessible.

Stylish Magnificence Salon is now residence to seven stylists: Sonja Daughton, Cheryl Eller, Nicole Huston, Jennifer Neave, Lisa Preston, Catherin Ulin and Erin Walker.

Together with body-waxing, hair coloration, cuts, permanents and up-dos — “Like bridal celebration and promenade hairstyling,” Ulin mentioned — Huston additionally affords shampoo units.

What’s a shampoo set?

“It is one thing your mom, or your grandmother, has accomplished on a weekly foundation,” Huston mentioned. “It is after we set a girl’s hair with rollers. Numerous salons do not do curler units any extra. They’ve moved to curling iron units. However the rollers maintain higher.”

Ulin mentioned, till Huston began at Stylish, the salon did not provide shampoo units.

“I’ve tried it, however I am not good at it,” Ulin mentioned. “Nevertheless it is among the companies that many magnificence salons have been constructed on. I sit up for working with Nicole on Fridays to study from her.”

Friday is shampoo set day, Huston mentioned, as a result of the women prefer to get their hair set for the weekend.

“After they have been youthful, they preferred to prepare for the weekend dances,” Huston mentioned. “Now, they like preparing for church. I’ve one woman who comes each week and she or he’s 106.”

Huston mentioned shampoo units have change into such an necessary a part of her enterprise she manages all of her trip time and private commitments round Fridays.

“My women depend on me,” Huston mentioned. “I like them and I am at all times right here.”

Ulin additionally does everlasting hair relaxers for her Black shoppers.

“I do common straightening and flat-ironing and styling. And I am going to inventory merchandise for my African American shoppers if I do know what they want,” Ulin mentioned.

With the brand new partnership between Ulin and Huston, Ulin retains possession of the Stylish Magnificence Salon and Huston returns to her unique position in her profession as a rental/contractor. The stylists hire their chair area from Ulin and supply their very own provides. 

“We’re simply excited. We refer to one another as salon sisters and we simply added three new sisters. There’s nothing however positives right here,” Ulin mentioned.

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Stylish Magnificence Salon

202 Most important St, Ames

Telephone: (515) 232-7181

Hours: Fluctuate by appointment

Teresa Kay Albertson covers Des Moines’ southern suburbs for the Register and the Indianola Report-Herald. Attain her at or 515-419-6098.

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