Kim Olson. Owner
I entered this amazing industry in 1992. I went to cosmetology school right after high school in St. Joseph, MO. After obtaining my cosmetology training I moved back to my home town Macon, MO and worked there for 6 years. I came to Columbia, MO in 1999 and have worked at various top salons.
Throughout my years in the industry I was inspired to open my own salon. After much thought and prayer Hair Therapy was born September of 2010. It is exciting to share the business with my loyal and supportive clients and my team of talented stylists. The support from clients and staff is inspiring and greatly appreciated.
My love for working with people and making them feel better about themselves is rewarding. I still find learning and continuing my education through classes and hair shows exciting and I like to try new things. Whatever hair challenge that comes my way I am up for it and always keeping in mind to keep the hair as healthy as possible. I have learned from experts in the salon industry by attending training with hair guru and TV personality Nick Arrojo. I also attended the Aquage Academy in Chicago with award winning educators Luis Alvarez and Eric Fisher where I learned amazing formal hair techniques, hair cutting, and how to conduct a photo shoot. I have learned how to really take my haircuts to a new level with Wayne Grund the founder of Surface hair products at a hands-on academy in Omaha. Most recently, I took a class in Los Angeles where I learned about creative color and gained great insight in hair painting techniques to achieve trendy color services such as Ombre and Balayage.
My specialties are formal styling, styling and cutting curly hair, hair extensions, thermal straightening, re-texturizing various types of hair, and helping people with hair loss challenges. I have been asked if I had to choose one thing to do with hair what would it be, but I alway answer that I couldn’t choose, because I love it all.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, reading, knitting, and shopping. My husband and I lead the middle school ministry at church and are a part of the song and worship ministry as well. We hope to have children someday.
Kim is currently NOT taking new clients.
When I have a client in my chair I aim to find a solution for their hair problems, give them a style that best fits their lifestyle and keep their hair healthy. I love meeting the challenges of unruly, curly, straight, thick or thin hair. I want my clients to be able to duplicate the style I give them by showing them how to style it as well as what products to use.
Coloring hair is a way I can enhance my client’s styles by making certain aspects about the cut and style more noticeable or for a graying client to feel more youthful. I’ve had extensive training in color theory so I am well equipped with the knowledge on how to meet a client’s color challenges. My goal is always to keep the hair healthy and improved during a color service. I have learned formal styling from the best, my sister, Kim Olson included. I have kept up on formal styling trends so I can make my clients feel current and their best on their special day. I really enjoy doing Locks of Love cuts as it is an awesome experience to share and be a part of such an exciting selfless act.
I grew up in Macon, MO and after high school I attended MACC in Moberly, where I received my Associates Degree. Although my passion was in art classes I had no strong desire to continue my college education and found myself unhappy in retail management. After talking with my sister Kim, who is also a hairdresser, I was convinced to give it a try. In the fall of 2000 I moved to Columbia and started cosmetology school at Columbia Beauty Academy.
As a hairdresser I’ve continued my education by attending hair shows in St Louis, Chicago, New York, Lake Geneva, Orlando and L.A. I keep up on the latest trends in products, hair cutting and styling for women and men, coloring techniques and formal styling. I have attended the Midwest Beauty Show for 8 years in Chicago where I completed hands on training with Pivot Point for formal styling, color and cutting classes. I completed training in New York on innovative coloring techniques and fashion forward haircuts with the Doves. In Lake Geneva I was able to see and be inspired by Nick Arrojo from TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” I also went to Chicago and had a two day styling and cutting training with Eric Fisher and the Aquage team. In Omaha I attended a two day hands on cutting and styling training with Wayne Grund and the Surface team. In Orlando, I participated in classes with Beth Mindardi, Nick Arrojo, Martin Parsons and The Doves and learned new color and formal styling techniques. Los Angeles brought us to the Wella studio to learn about the new innovative Product I.D. color application. I am passionate about continuing my education and I strive to attend at least one hair show a year.
I grew up in Centralia and knew that hairstyling was my passion from a young age. So right after high school I attended Cosmetology Concepts Institute and graduated in September of 2006. I have worked in Columbia since my graduation.
I enjoy continuing my education. I have trained with Eric Fisher, Ann Bray, and Luis Alvarez in Chicago, IL with Aquage hair systems. I’ve attended Wella training with, hair guru, Nick Arrojo, formally on the TV show “What Not To Wear.” I travel to various beauty shows including the Midwest beauty show in Chicago and the state beauty show in St. Louis. I have attended a class with Surface hair systems instructed by Wayne Grund.
Most recently, I went to Los Angeles to the Wella studio to learn about the new innovative Product I.D. color application.
I enjoy all aspects of hair design. Such as cutting, formal styling, and highlighting. I enjoy learning new trends such as Dream Catchers hair extensions, and Chi thermal straightening. I love doing hair color; it’s a great way to accentuate a new cut or just add a pop of color. I love the creativity you can have in using hair color.
I grew up here in Columbia. After high school I attended Columbia College where I earned my Associates Degree in general studies. While there I decided I wanted to follow my true passion and enroll in cosmetology school after graduating. Ten months later, in 2009, I graduated from Sam Brown’s Institute of Cosmetology. My passion for the hair industry started at a young age and has continued to grow as I have learned new techniques to perfect my skill in the art of hair.
Curly hair is my specialty! I attended a hands-on training class with platform artists from the DevaCurl Academy in NYC. As a certified DevaCurl specialist, I am able to share my knowledge of curly hair, and innovative products by DevaCurl, with my clients, transforming how they look and feel about their curls. My hope is that through the right haircut and product, people will begin to love and embrace their natural hair. I have been known to approach people to tell them I love their curls and would love to do their hair! Most recently, I went to Los Angeles to the Wella studio to learn about the new innovative Product I.D. color application.
Hair color is a great way to enhance any look. I’ve attended hands-on training with Matrix and Wella. I have also completed the Expert Edge training under artistic director for JcPenney Salons, Nick Stenson. These classes taught me precision cutting and texturizing techniques, along with color trends and foiling techniques that can be customized to fit individual clients’ needs. Although curly hair is my specialty, I can adapt my cutting technique to suit all hair types.