Owner of Velvet Hair Salon going for funkier look

Tahnie Macdiarmid - Velvet Hair SalonPassion and a funky style is what Tahnie Macdiarmid, owner of Velvet Hair Salon on Main Street, believes makes her salon stand out in Moose Jaw.

"We are trendier, funkier and have a great style. We all love what we do and it shows in our work. That's why we have so many clients come to us," said Macdiarmid.

The salon, which opened less than a year ago, is about to undergo some major renovations.

Macdiarmid plans to expand by adding a second level to accommodate more clients. The second floor will include five more chairs and stylists, as well as an esthetic room for manicures, pedicures, makeup and body piercing.

"We want to be able to give our clients the full treatment. If someone decides to go from being a blonde to a brunette we want to be able to suggest how they should change their makeup to accommodate their new look," said Macdiarmid.

Macdiarmid grew up in Moose Jaw and has long had a passion for styling hair.

"Since I was young, I have always been fascinated by hair. I used to style the hair on my dolls and then my friends. It's just something inside me that enjoys creating a piece of art with hair," said Macdiarmid.

Graduating from the Artistique Professional Hair Studio in 2003, Macdiarmid began working for a few different salons around the city until she decided to open her own.
In 2007, she bought Hollywoods Reflections Salon and quickly renovated that salon.

"I want people to feel comfortable when they enter my salon, just as if they were entering my home," said Macdiarmid.

The salon caters to all age groups and encourages its clients to allow their personalities come out through their hair. Macdiarmid believes communication is one of the most important skills of the trade.

"We work hard to adjust our styles to our clients. We are always talking with them trying build a relationship and help them push their boundaries, at least as far as they are willing to take it," she said.

Along with the salon, Macdiarmid participates in hair shows all over North America and teaches educational hair classes throughout southern Saskatchewan.

Macdiarmid tries to keep up on the latest trends.

"This season is all about strong rich reds, bold lines like straight bangs and hair extensions. I also think that the '80s look is coming back."

Macdiarmid attributes her success to her employees.

"They are absolutely fantastic. I really lucked out to get such an amazing group of talented stylists."

Author: Colin Dewar 

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