Welcome Chelsi Lange into our orbit!

Chelsi LangeWe are delighted to announce that Chelsi Lange has joined our team! Chelsi comes to us with five years of experience and specializes in creative color, including balayage, and special occasion styles and updos. She especially enjoys helping people find styles that are easy to maintain, fashionable and works with their lifestyle.

Chelsi is excited to be downtown, where everything is happening! She’s enthusiastic about working with our fun, relaxed team and loves our vibe. When she’s not working, she devotes most of her time to her three year-old son and her big family of three sisters and a brother, spending time outside, at the lake and traveling. Her favorite place to travel is Vegas Baby! Take a gamble, and help us welcome Chelsi next time you’re in.

Planet Hair at New York Fashion Week!

Three stylists from Planet Hair recently returned from a trip that fulfilled one of their lifelong dreams –  working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week!  Hair stylists Jesse McMillin and Mel Thorton, along with makeup artist Emma Terry, represented Wichita’s Planet Hair salon at the Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week., working with the Aveda Fashion Week team to create the hair and makeup looks that walked down the runway!

Recognizing that working on hair and makeup for these shows is a momentous career achievement for stylists, Planet Hair seized the opportunity to send three people to work with the Aveda team. New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest, most exciting events in the fashion industry. During the week of February 9, around 232,000 people attended more than 500 fashion shows during the New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 and over 2 million watched the shows online to see the trends the international designers have prepared for fall.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of Fashion Week, since I watched runway shows as a little kid, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity to take part in it,” Terry said. “This was a dream come true!”

To qualify to participate in Fashion Week, Planet Hair asked their stylists to write an essay, telling the salon owners why they wanted to attend Fashion Week. The winning stylists attended training in New York in January, sponsored by Planet Hair. McMillian and Thorton studied with John Raymond, the lead stylist of the Aveda Fashion Week team and Terry worked with Janell Geason, lead makeup artist, to practice the season’s runway trends and techniques.

“I am very happy for the experience, even though it was terrifying and pushed me out of my comfort zone,” remarked Thorton. “I’m grateful to the owners of Planet Hair for making this possible.”

Joining 75 other international Aveda artists, Planet Hair’s artists worked in small teams during Fashion Week, getting models ready for the shows. McMillin and Thorton worked with upcoming designers LeAnne Marshall and Marcel Osterag. McMillin also did hair for a collective show of three designers in the Latinista Show. Terry created makeup looks for the Francesca Liberatore, Calvin Luo and Louis Verdad shows.

“Fashion Week was an incredible experience,” said McMillin. “It was fun being able to do edgier styles than we usually do in the salon, and creating styles I’ve never done before. I’m ready to go back and do it again!”

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Congrats Suzie!

suzieclassWe are proud to announce that Suzie has been accepted into the Aveda Color Educator program! For the next year, Suzie will attend extra Aveda color classes, help assist other educators in the area and teach classes for our team to become a certified Aveda Salon Color Educator.

“I’ve always wanted to teach,” says Suzie. “My mother was a teacher and I went to college for an Art Education degree, so this is perfect! I’m so excited to mentor new stylists to share the same joy I take in doing color services.”

No need to worry that Suzie’s new adventure will take her away from her work with our guests. While she does plan to teach color classes in the area, Suzie believes this experience will help her grow as a stylist to do even better work.

“My first passion is hair and taking care of our guests,” explained Suzie. “I feel lucky to be able to explore my passion for teaching now too.” We think we’re the lucky ones!

Representing Planet Hair at New York Fashion Week

During the week of February 9, around 125,000 people will attend fashion shows during the New York Fashion Week Fall 2017 and over 2 million will watch the shows online to see the trends the international designers have prepared for fall. It’s an exciting event in the fashion business and a crazy, fun time to be in New York City.

This year we’ll know at least a few people who will be there in person! Mel, Jessie and Emma will be joining the Aveda Fashion Week team, working behind the scenes to create the hair and makeup looks walking down the runway! These three were given opportunity of a lifetime by writing an essay, telling us why they wanted to attend Fashion Week.

Emma told us, “I’ve always wanted to be a part of Fashion Week, since I watched runway shows a little kid, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity to take part in it. This is a dream come true!”

In preparation for their big adventure, Emma, Mel and Jessie recently attended training in New York for runway styling. Mel and Jessie studied with Jon Reyman, the lead stylist of the Aveda Fashion Week team. With 20 years of experience creating runway hair styles for Fashion Week, Jon showed them hair do’s they’ll need to know for the shows. Emma studied with Janell Geason, lead makeup artist of the Aveda Fashion Week team, to practice this season’s makeup techniques and how to use products differently for the runway.

They will return to New York in February for three days of hard work. Joining 75 other international Aveda artists, they’ll work in small teams at the actual Fashion Week runway shows. Creating looks for around three shows each day, the artists will be shown a quick demo of the looks that Jon and Janell have decided on with each show’s designer, and will be expected to quickly replicate that exact look on many models.

We can’t wait to hear their stories when they get back. Stay tuned for more about their fabulous fashion adventure!

Congrats Shauna!

Help us congratulate Shauna! Shauna ZergerAdvancing in our training program, Shauna has been promoted to New Talent Stylist, the next generation of rising stars at Planet Hair. Fully licensed and intensely focused on bringing you a great experience, our New Talent Stylists master advanced trends and techniques to help you look and feel your best.

Going Back to our Roots

Thanks to all of out fabulous clients and talented staff for 22 years in business! To celebrate they thought we’d post some pictures what it all looked like in the beginning. Here’s to the memories from 1992!

Painting the mural was a big job! Part of the reason we picked our location at Douglas & Emporia was our dream of having a fun mural.

Painting the mural was a big job! Part of the reason we picked our location at Douglas & Emporia was our dream of having a fun mural.

Step right into the new Planet Hair salon! This is what our entry way looked like on opening day in November 1992.

Step right into the new Planet Hair salon! This is what our entry way looked like on opening day in November 1992.

Graham and Linda welcome you to the new Planet Hair salon.

Graham and Linda welcome you to the new Planet Hair salon.

This is what our reception area looked like when we opened.

This is what our reception area looked like when we opened.

Graham looking happy on opening day with our big display of Aveda products.

Graham looking happy on opening day with our big display of Aveda products.

This is what our salon looked like when we opened in 1992.

This is what our salon looked like when we opened in 1992.

Our salon in 1992, opening day.

Our salon in 1992, opening day.

This is what our shampoo and processing area looked like when we opened in 1992, with a cute little makeup bar in the corner. — at Planet Hair.

This is what our shampoo and processing area looked like when we opened in 1992, with a cute little makeup bar in the corner. — at Planet Hair.

Tod and Linda at our grand opening Christmas party.

Tod and Linda at our grand opening Christmas party.

Tired after the grand opening Christmas party, here's Graham with our good friend Jill Miller, who was a big help in starting our business.

Tired after the grand opening Christmas party, here’s Graham with our good friend Jill D. Miller, who was a big help in starting our business.

 

Oh Baby!

Newest family memberSuzie has certainly been busy! The newest addition to her family, baby boy Rhett Michael Cote, was born on June 22 weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches long. The family is doing great and big sister Carly has been a wonderful help and loves having a baby brother.

Suzie will be back to work around the first of September. In the meantime, we’ll be happy to recommend another of our talented stylists to help you get by until Suzie is back. Give our Customer Service team a call at 316-267-8000 for suggestions.