Kim Olson. Owner
My journey began when I went to cosmetology school right after high school in St. Joseph Missouri. After obtaining my cosmetology training I moved back to my home town Macon Missouri and worked there for 6 years. I moved to Columbia in 1999 and have worked at various top salons here in town. After much thought and prayer I was inspired to open my own hair salon. Hair Therapy was born in September of 2010. It is exciting to share the business with my loyal and supportive clients and my team of talented stylists. Their support is motivating 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 my main priority is to always 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, who is a global hair color educator for Wella. 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’ve studied the art of Ombre and Balyage from the “Balylamma” her self, Candy Shaw. Many times I’ve been ask, if you had to choose one thing to do with hair what would it be? I alway answer that I couldn’t choose, because I love it all. I am also a Deva Curl certified styling specialist.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, reading, road trips with my husband to small interesting towns, and shopping with my sister. My husband and I lead the middle school ministry at church and are a part of the song ministry as well. But most recently, my dream of being a mother has come true. After 8 years of trying various medical procedures to have a baby, we had our prayers answered and we have our sweet little boy! He is such a joy and has made my life have new meaning.
Kim is currently NOT taking new hair extension 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 get to use my creativity as I hone my expertise. I am passionate about continuing my education and I strive to attend at least one hair show a year and several in-salon training sessions with Kevin Murphy, Color Proof, and Wella. I’ve attended hair shows in St Louis, Chicago, New York, Lake Geneva, Orlando, New Orleans 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. Some highlights of my past education include: Pivot Point for formal styling, color and cutting classes. Innovative coloring techniques and fashion forward haircuts with the Doves. Training with Eric Fisher and the Aquage team. Cutting and styling training with Wayne Grund and the Surface team. I’ve also participated in classes with Beth Mindardi, Nick Arrojo (from TLC’s past show “What Not to Wear”), Martin Parsons and The Doves and learned new color and formal styling techniques.
Angela (May) Mechlin
From an early age, some would say that I was destined to become a hairstylist. I could often be found on the front porch brushing my dad’s hair and painting his face. He loved the attention and always fell asleep on me. I also have fond memories of giving my huge, white teddy bear a haircut. I should have known that I would grow up to be a hairstylist. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where I also went to Urbana University for a year before realizing that computer science wasn’t my forte. I wanted to make an impact on people’s lives. Taking my strengths into consideration, I decided to pursue becoming a hairstylist.
I moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 2014 to attend Paul Mitchell, my dream school. After graduating, I was blessed to have been chosen to work at Strands, a highly prestigious salon in St. Louis. Within the last 2 years of working there, I took advantage of the many opportunities to take classes and learn from top educators in the industry, some of which included Nick Arrojo, who worked on the tv show “What Not To Wear;” Debra Dietrich, who is a top educator for Paul Mitchell and did hair for the movie “Milk,” and many, many more. I am a Deva Curl certified styling specialist and enjoy helping curly girls learn to “love their locks”. I am taking new hair extension clients.
I recently moved to Columbia, Missouri to pursue another dream of one day getting married and building a family. As a stylist, my mission is to listen to my clients, educate them, and to deliver a result that has them looking and feeling fabulous. I want people to feel as though they can escape life’s difficult realities while they are in my chair. Although I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my career, my favorite parts of my job include scalp massages, braiding hair, and, most importantly, the ability to meet and build relationships with people from all walks of life. Furthermore, I like the versatility that hair styling creates and I’m ready to take on any challenges that come my way!
I went to the Paul Mitchell School for training in Esthetics in 2015. I originally went to esthetics school because I wanted to be a make-up artist, but I quickly changed my focus to skin care after discovering how important a healthy glowing skin is the basis of looking your best. I learned that no matter how amazing your make-up application was it would never look it’s best without a great canvas and that starts with skin care! For the last two years I’ve worked exclusively with the Eminence Organics skin care line. I value high performance products that are safe for my clients and environmentally friendly.
My continued education includes being certified in Dermaplaning and Advanced Brazilian Waxing Techniques. These courses were taught by private educator Susie Jackson from Kansas City. I also attended the Midwest Laser Institute in Michigan. Hair Therapy looks forward to offering laser services in the future so I can utilize my skills. I aspire to learn the art of lash extensions in the future as I love learning new things and being able to offer as many esthetic services to my clients as possible.
In my spare time I like to geek out on furthering my education with classes and research. I love spending time with my family especially my son. The rural Missouri girl in me enjoys fishing and being outdoors. I do have my girly side of me as well because I do love to shop!