Samantha Lacoste 

COPROPRIéTAIRE/coiffeuse/maquilleuse

Samantha est motivée avec tout ce qu’elle fait. En 2008 elle a complété son baccalauréat en administration des affaires, tout en travaillant comme coiffeuse. Elle travaille aussi avec Redken comme éducatrice qui enseigne les autres stylistes et voyage à travers le Canada, travailler dans les coulisses de les parades à modes qui inclus Toronto’s Mastercard Fashion Week.  Elle est énorme sur l’éducation, éduquer continuellement elle-même et ses clients.  Faisant équipe avec son collègue et ami, James, les deux ont créés Samantha James Hair Design.  

quel passe-temps ou intérêts vous avez à l'extérieur du salon?

J'adore voyager et danser.  L'an dernier, j'ai commencé à danser la danse latines.  Je suis très chanceuse d'avoir déjà reçu l'opportunité de voyager au Brazil et l'Afrique.  Quand j'ai du temps libre, j'aime voir mes amis ou relaxer avec mes deux minous, Morgan Freeman et Fez. Je prends aussi des cours de français, alors je vais être capable de parler en français avec tous mes clients de saint-boniface!

What do you enjoy most about being a hairstylist?

"Very few people realize how much our job affects people. That is what I love about my job, I can create something unique to each person and they can feel confident and beautiful leaving my chair. A haircut and colour can transform someone’s personality, I love getting to know each and every client and that I can become a part of their life.
As for the hair itself, I love working with colour and curly hair. Creating a beautiful natural balayage or giving your curls an extra bounce leaves me feeling satisfied with my day."

Where do you get your inspiration from?

"From the people that surround me every day, my clients! Majority of the time, the colour’s I create on my clients, I want to do on my own hair! I also grab inspiration from my peers, having worked beside some very talented people through my career and working backstage at hair shows."

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?

"I would tell myself that the good things in life take time, as well,  probably take up one hobby at a time."

In five songs, what is the soundtrack of your life?

Beauty and the Beast - Bonjour
Survivor - Eye of the tiger
Spice Girls - Spice up your life
Michael Buble - Feeling good
David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Dancing in the street

What is one of the best compliments you have ever received?

"This guy came in for a haircut, he had never come in before, and said “I have always hated going to the hair salon, but I will definitely be coming back, cus this was actually fun!” I will take a compliment like that any day!"

James Ouellette

copropriétaire/coiffeur

James started his hairstyling training right after high school and has kept moving forward with his career ever since. Along the way he has been a two-time finalist in the Contessa awards, has done hair for photo shoots featured in Outwards Magazine (LGBT Winnipeg magazine), has been Creative Director for charity hair/fashion shows, and was named one of Canada's Top Ten Bridal Hairstylists of 2014 (Weddingbells magazine online). After a short time living inMontreal, James decided Winnipeg was home.  And with the help of his coworker and friend, Samantha, they decided to open their very own salon in Saint Boniface.

What hobbies or interests do you have outside of the salon?

"I was a student at the School of Contemporary Dancers so I try to continue dancing by attending a couple classes each week such as, tap, salsa or lyrical jazz, as long as it keeps me moving. On the weekends I like to go for brunch with friends to catch up on each other's weeks. Usually over a couple mimosas."

What do you enjoy most about doing hair?

'I love creating soft dimensional blondes either by using a full head of highlights or a balayage technique. Bobs/lobs and short textured haircuts are some of my favourite styles to do, especially with a beachy texture incorporated."

Where do you get your inspiration from?

"A lot of my inspiration comes from my clients. They give me simple guidelines to work with and I expand on those ideas, or I'll see a super edgy extreme style in a European hair magazine and picture which of my clients I could tailor it too."

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?

"Just be patient. Things will work out in the end, so don't forget to have some fun along the way."

In five songs, what is the soundtrack of your life?

Bee gees - You should be dancing
Barbara Streisand - Don't Rain On My Parade
Julie Andrews - My Favourite Things (The Sound Of Music)
RuPaul - Covergirl
Robin Williams - Friend Like Me (Aladdin)

What is the one of the best compliments you've ever received?

"It's not anything people say really. It's more, when I'm done with someone's service and they can't stop touching their hair and looking at themselves in the mirror, even without words you can tell they're very happy. The main reason I became a hairstylist was to make people happy and see them smile."