Head’s Up!

Warning! There has been a change to the entrance of the parking lot to the west of our building.

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The entrance to the parking lot has moved! Don’t let it catch you by surprise.  There’s a curb and sidewalk where the driveway used to be.

Rather than turning into the parking lot from Douglas, the entrance to the lot by our big mural has moved to Emporia Street.  The driveway is toward the back of the lot, so just make a U-turn after you enter to get to our spaces. The City of Wichita has changed this to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and to help traffic flow.

Fall Fashion with VIP Wichita

14203327_289343318103624_5297425521820727323_nDid you happen to see the September issue of VIP Wichita Magazine? We were thrilled to be asked to participate in the Fall Fashion Preview. We had so much fun working with a talented group that included Bonnie Bing, who put the whole project together.  We always love working with photographer Kacy Meineke, who we work with regularly on our own photo shoots. You’ve seen her fantastic work in our front windows.

“We had a blast working with Bonnie! She’s the best!” said co-owner Tod Ernst. “It was great to bring all the energy back from the days of doing shoots with Bonnie for the Eagle.”

If you haven’t been to the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, you really owe to yourself to see this beautiful historic garden. The Arboretum was gorgeous and it was a beautiful day to be outside.

Of course, thanks to our talented team who participated: Tod, Graham, Jamie, Klay, Hannah, Suzie and Emma for giving more than 100% on this fun project.

Here are some behind the scenes pictures of the shoot:

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Honored by the Wichita Business Journal!

IMG_1082We’re excited to announce that we’ve been selected by the Wichita Business Journal as one of ten 2015 honorees for the small-business Best Places to Work! Our awesome team filled out surveys administered by Quantum Workplace about how they feel about working at Planet Hair. We’re honored they think we’re the best.

We’ve all worked together to create an atmosphere and culture that we can look forward to when we come to work every day. We love working with such a professional, talented team of people who are dedicated to working together toward a shared commitment to style, our community and the world. Our dedicated guests give us the privilege to do what we do. We are winners indeed!

The Story of Planet Hair

Here’s how we got our start!

Owners Tod, Linda & Graham

Owners Tod, Linda & Graham

In the beginning of 1992, Tod Ernst and Graham Ross began to imagine Planet Hair. With 24 years of combined experience, they felt they were ready to create a salon environment unique to Wichita.

Graham entered the salon industry because of his love of people and dreams of an exciting social life. With a natural ability with people, along with a strong entrepreneurial drive, Graham started his first business venture after four years as a stylist, Strands. . . A Salon, which he opened with two partners. After gaining some experience and growth as a business owner, Graham started dreaming of his vision of the perfect salon.

Tod is a creative visionary, drawn to the exciting, fast paced lifestyle of the fashion industry. While working at the Hair Force, he developed his creative niche in producing hair and make-up looks for theater, commercials, photo and catalog work, and his favorite outlet; fashion shows.  While working on his artistic and business abilities, Tod’s plan was to have his own business.

Graham and Tod, who had been friends for several years, started sharing their dreams with each other and discovered that their visions of the future were very compatible. As they became more excited about their vision and began to forge their plan, Linda Ernst, Tod’s wife, became an important part of making their dream a reality.

An artist herself, Linda had matured as a business person in the floral design business and was experienced in directing creative, service businesses.  Attracted to the operational aspects of the business, Linda joined the partnership and became the salon manager. She is the glue that holds the salon together.

It was their vision from the beginning to open a progressive salon downtown.  When Old Town was a ghost town, the partners looked at the space where Planet Hair is located today.  Sensing that the down town area was about to go through exciting growth, and ignoring people who warned them against it, the entrepreneurs took the risk and have never looked back. Along with the help of family, friends, and bankers, Planet Hair opened in November 1992.