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Jennifer McVay

Owner / Hair Designer, PROFESSIONAL STUFF: I have been in the industry for 25 years, but have been a stylist at heart all my life. From a young age, I would try to cut my own hair and as I got older my friends would have me style their hair for prom and other events... I truly knew I was born todo this. Over the years I have trained in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Detroit and may places in-between. For me, continued education is extremely important... but just part of the key to success in this business. My main focus is on my clients, where each one is as important as the other. Seeing my clients reaction when we pull off the perfect color, cut or style is payment enough!. I'm so lucky to do what love with people I enjoy! ABOUT ME... PERSONALLY: I've been married to my amazing husband ( Brian ) for 20 years and we have a great 16 year old son ( Nash ) who makes me so happy and a crazy 8 year old Boston Terrier ( Lola ) and a 4 year old rescued Bulldog named Mordecai, who is a handful. We all enjoy camping, Jeeping, concerts, road trips, movies or just hanging out in our backyard. I have participated in the 3 Day ( 60 mile ) breast cancer walk 5 times... many times in honor of a client, friend or family member, what an amazing experience! I enjoy all kinds of music but everyone knows I'm a huge New Kids on the Block fan! So thats just a little something about me.

Jennifer King

Hair Designer / Makeup Artist, I'm a great listener and very open minded, I just like to make people laugh. With a husband and two growing boys at home it seems we're always on the go. I have a great love for northern Michigan, camping, water and sand, sun, and just a little fun! I'm sure we've visited every brewery in the state of Michigan and traveled M22 more times than I can count. The salon is my safe haven, it's where I'm at peace and ready to work. My name is Jenny King and I'd sure like the chance to help show you a fabulous YOU! I strive to make people happy and feel beautiful, that starts with making them love what they see in the mirror. Salons I've worked in the past, from Steven L. Marvin to Regis, have left me with knowledge in Aveda hair color, Matrix color systems, Redken, and the love of High Intense Pigment colors. Not only hair but I've also developed the joy in bridal and prom makeup. Being trained through an Aveda concept salon for application of beauty products, it's rewarding having such an impact on how someone feels. Since, I've made it my passion to understand the concept of haircolor. Education is key and attending yearly hair shows around the state along with Mid-America hair shows and ABS (American Beauty Shows) located in Chicago. Attending classes with the best in our industry leaves us able to maintain cut and color techniques and also create trends of our own. Trying anything once I've also gained knowledge in eyelash extensions, perfecting the Ombre, color placement, and trend setting haircuts. Aspirations has been my home salon since March of 2006, here I've become the stylist I am today and for that I'm forever grateful. I work with an outstanding group of ladies that have truly become family. Like my clientele, I've built through mainly referrals it seems they too are my family. I'm a people person and I'd love the chance to just meet you, say HI and let's talk HAIR!

Traci Harris

Hair Designer: I knew when I was young that this was the profession for me. I would watch in awe as my mom would tease my Aunt's hair into this massive mound of hair then mold it into a french twist. My Aunt would gain 4 inches in height-now that's impressive. I would watch my mom also bleach her own hair, so color has been a blood from very early! I also learned to stay away from the house when she was perming someone. My mom never wasted product either hence my first perm!! There were 5 of us kids and growing up in the 70's that left no hairstyle unturned. I have now been in this profession for 26 years. I was able to attend the Cosmetology program in high school but becoming a young mother didn't halt my process. I finished at Craig's College of Beauty. I worked for the Hair Place for 18 years until unfortunate circumstances and Jennifer found me a new home. I have found that in Aspirations Salon. I have been fortunate enough to have gone to classes in New York at the Redken Exchange, Las Vegas (3 times), and local educational opportunities in our own wonderful state. Education is key in this profession with fashion and style always changing you have to keep up with that. Personally-I have an amazing 28 year old son who has my heart along with his dog, Zeus! I am an animal lover and wish I had space to save them all. My days are filled with color, highlights, cuts and perms. This is why I do what I do-for the love of it!!

Caitlin Barshaw

Barber: For the last seven years, I have greatly enjoyed my career as a licensed Barber. I graduated from Lansing Barber College in 2007. I have taken pride in being able to offer services such as hot lather shaves and enjoy working with the latest color products too. I have found a passion and joy in helping my clients achieve their goals. I love to learn and have attended classes in Grand Rapids and Chicago, where the best in the business offer their knowledge, as well as new ideas and inspirations. I absolutely love what I do, but for me the best part of my job is building relationships with the people in my chair. Learning about you and your life-meeting strangers who become family! I married my best friend in 2009 and have recently been blessed with our first child. We also have a fur baby, Rozzy. I believe happiness is a choice that must be made daily and that it starts with being grateful for what you have. I am beyond blessed to be able to come to work everyday and do what I love.

Becky Flickinger

Hair Designer / Pedicurist, My journey as a hairstylist started nearly 20 years ago after I graduated from Douglas J. School of cosmetology and I can still say I truly love what I do. I keep up with the latest techniques by attending classes and shows throughout the year. I specialize in professional color, coloring techniques, and precision cutting on all types of hair, men's cuts, and facial waxing. I also specialize in updos and make up for all your special occasions. I love making your special day an enjoyable experience. With three children of my own I also like working with kids and providing them with a fun experience. I believe in good communication for a perfect style. I want to make sure you and I are always on the same page about the look you want to achieve. I will show you tips on how to attain your style at home with simple time saving techniques. I also will educate you on products specific for your type of hair. The most important thing to me is how you feel when you leave the salon. I look forward to helping you accomplish that new look you’ve always wanted, or maintaining your current trend.

Erin Cuellar

Hair Designer / Makeup Artist: I began my career in Cosmetology at the Capital Area Career Center. I was shy and quiet and standing behind the chair gave me a new found confidence and creativity. I became very comfortable in my ability to help people with their haircare needs. I have been licensed for 12 years and have recently joined the staff here. I spent the last 8 1/2 years in a corporate salon managing 8. I enjoyed the position but was feeling the need to be more creative. I love to learn and have taken many classes in Matrix color and placement, also am certified in facial waxing. I have a desire to become a Barber and with that I have gotten very comfortable in doing flat tops and bald fades. I also love hair tattooing-a creative outlet for me to express myself!! I also enjoy makeup and love up styling and working with small children is no problem. I am married to a wonderful man for 3 years and have 2 grown step-children. Don't forget my fur babies, Molly and Tony. My creativity has no limits, to sketching and painting to home projects-I can't stop! I love making each guest feel amazing about themselves and would love to have the opportunity to lend you my expertise.