Artistic director, master stylist, and colorist, Coleen Evans, has spent many years mastering her craft and changing lives. Some of her specialties include color cutting and mirror placement of the color with the haircut.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Coleen said. “What I love behind this profession is the passion behind what I do. I love to make changes in people and see what it brings out in them. We touch their hair and they open up to us. We’re like their therapist. If you don’t have the passion, you won’t be very successful. I feel very blessed every day. ”
Her favorite part of her job is interacting with people daily. “You never know what you’re going to get,” she said. “I like to see the smiles on their faces. Life is a day maker.”
For 10 years, Coleen was an owner of a salon with six chairs. It was during this time that she learned the valuable skills she needed to successfully operate her own salon, which proved helpful for when she eventually joined Salons by JC. Coleen spent the last 15 years with Salon Enchanted, a Paul Mitchell-focused salon, before deciding to join Salons by JC.
“I was closing my business and was looking to do something more for me, instead of a team,” she said. “After doing this for so long, I decided it was time for me to do it on my own. I was very impressed with what [Salons by JC] was offering.”
In August of 2015 she rented a room with Salons by JC at the Oakwood Plaza location in Hollywood, FL. “It’s been very good,” Coleen said. “I’m enjoying the freedom and the attention I’m able to give my clients. It’s allowed me a lot more freedom and flexibility. I have 3 kids and so am very busy.”
She loves her new salon space and wants other stylists/colorists to have the same experience she did when they decide to rent a room at Salons by JC.
“Make sure you have some following to back you up before coming,” she advised. “You need to have a solid ground before you come in. I already had my established base. You need to know your licensing, your books, etc. You need to set yourself up for success.” Coleen has been more than successful since joining Salons by JC. Within a few months she needed to expand and now rents two rooms: one for coloring and one for cutting.
While Coleen jokes that she often feels like a therapist, it turns out that she is also a teacher of sorts. She is a strong advocate for constantly educating not only her staff but her clients as well.
“We share our knowledge,” she said. “We’re very much engaged and still go to continuing education. I organize free classes for demos, and require my staff to go to 3-4 a year. It’s all about keeping current. We educate our guests as well.” She offers a “Style with Knowledge” mini-course that is a 15-minute slot that reviews practical beauty tips and tricks.
In addition to running her salon, Coleen is also a proud contributor to the Susan G. Komen foundation. “A few years back I raised $10,000 doing a cut-a-thon, “ she said. Coleen’s philanthropic nature and pedagogic environment make her a valuable member of the Salons by JC community.