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Michael Thomas Salon Makes You Look and Feel Your Best with the Help of Internationally Trained Stylists

By S. Mathur

For many clients, finding the Michael Thomas (MT) Salon in Manchester, NH means that they don't have to worry about driving down to Boston when they need their hair cut or styled for a special occasion. The stylists, they find, are skillful, professional and friendly. They're also highly trained, says salon owner Keri Levesque, and seven of them are American Board Certified Hair Colorists.

Stylists have to pass a rigorous examination to obtain the certification, which, she says, "very few stylists even take never mind pass. This examination takes about a year to prepare for, gives an extensive knowledge on hair color, ammonia and peroxide, levels of Porosity, Natural hair color categories, It has a practical examination as well as a written and formulation exam."

In a salon setting, Levesque says, this training and knowledge is a major asset: "It gives us the ability to analyze and address all hair color issues, porosity and absorption concerns, to be able to explain to a client what their natural hair color category is and why a color or tone may or may not be suited for them specifically."

All staff are expected to continue their education and professional development with three to six classes a year. For variety, the classes have to be outside the New England area, and this year stylists travelled to San Diego in October and Las Vegas in November.

Clients benefit from this training and expertise through the various hair and skin care services offered at the salon. These include multi dimensional hair color, balayage, precision hair cutting, men's barbering services, hair extensions, and crowns as well as custom facials and peels. The salon also has waxing services, lash and brow tinting and manicures.

Levesque opened the salon twelve years ago in a tranquil space inside an old mill building. This gives the salon plenty of light and high ceilings, which is useful for stylists and has a calming effect. Levesque says that when she first got into this line of work, she had no idea of what to expect: "Twenty- three years ago I had no idea what I wanted to do honestly. I knew I wanted to help people, I just didn't know how. This industry has brought so many gifts to my life and more than that so many incredible people."

She also values her team and is inspired by watching them grow into their roles as exceptional professionals. For her, the daily mission at Michael Thomas and in the industry is to make it possible for clients to be able to relax and to leave feeling and looking their best. Clients agree with Levesque's sterling assessment of her staff, and also that the salon does fulfill its mission.

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Keri Levesque

Thank you NH Home for such a great article. What an honor. ��


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