A few years back, some of the women in Golden had to say goodbye to the hair stylist they had been going to for 25 years. And now they get to welcome her back.
Sassy’s House of Hair and Fashions, owned by stylist Carolyn Anderson, has officially reopened in a new location on 9th Avenue North.
“We serviced the community for 25 years,” said Anderson, who originally opened up the salon as House of Hair when she moved to Golden in 1983. She closed down her shop to start teaching in the hairdressing programs at the College of the Rockies, and Delmar College in Calgary.
“I really missed my business. So I downsized (reopening the salon in a smaller space), and went back to work.”
The new Sassy’s now has three stylists, and also sells clothing and accessories, which it hadn’t before. Anderson, however, has extensive retail experience as she has owned several business ventures over the past 40 years. “It is wonderful to be back though. And all my clients are coming back too,” she said. “I started in 1983, and some of my clients have been with me since 1983.”
Although she is happy to be back with a pair of clippers in her hand, Anderson had found a new passion with teaching.
“I don’t want to stand behind the chair 100 per cent of the time anymore. I’d rather the teach the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years,” she said. “I really enjoy teaching, passing on my talents to young ones. It’s time for the young ones to take over. And if they’re taught properly they will.”
Anderson will be teaching again at the COTR program in the fall, and is proud to be offering apprenticeship opportunities to the graduates of that program.
One of Anderson’s two stylists, Meg Taylor, is joining Sassy’s after eight years of working in one of Banff’s top salons.
“I have worked alongside Aveda and Redken, and I have been inspired by their precision cutting and colouring techniques,” said Taylor, who will be finishing up the busy season in Banff, then relocating to Golden full time.
She will be bringing a breadth of experience and passion to the salon.
“I believe hair should have a fresh look, be easy to maintain, flowing with your natural beauty and personal style,” she said. “With over 20 years of experience, my devoted time to education has left me willing to take on any challenge that is presented to me. I hold a true passion for this industry.”
Sassy’s is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment only, but will stay open until 7 or 8 p.m. if it is busy.