Cut it out! Get to know how a hairstylist approaches a head of hair

Published 12:47 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Hair by Amber Busall

Photos by Colleen Harrison

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Clothing by Angie Hoffman


“Samantha hasn’t had her hair done in over a year. She’s a mom of two, so she was in need of some much-needed me time. She had a natural ombre going on and her ends were beyond dry.samantha.feature04

“She’s a young mom and teacher so we wanted to give her a basic look with a twist. I surprised her with adding a new color trend. It’s a very intense violet brown to add a pop of color, and I brought out some highlighted pieces with a high-lift blonde and matched her natural color. I applied a demi color to her ends. Then, at the end, I treated her with a Redken shot treatment for added moisture.

“I styled using Fantastic Sams’ thermal style spray and curling iron. Stylings aids were Kenra root-lifting spray applied to Sugar Dust by Bed Head for grip and volume to hair.”

— Amber Busall

Meet the model

Samantha Klukow is a fifth-grade teacher at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Elementary School in Ellendale. She and her husband, Dustin, have two children, Cora and Cale. Cora is 2 and Cale is 6 months. Dustin is an electrician. Work and home keep her occupied with little free time, but when she finds it, she likes to read or get outdoors. She said she loves the color Amber Busall chose for her hair.


holly.feature04“For Holly, I when she sat down I noticed she had multiple colors going on — three inches of outgrowth and a dye faded from a previous color someone had done. Her ends were extremely faded to a golden orange, and she had previous highlights.

“I told her right away, ‘Girl, we need to blend you in.’ Her hair was really dark in the back of her head, so I carefully placed her head of full foils, highlights and low lights. The low light I matched to her previous color. We treated her hair to lock the color in with our Redken shot treatment, as well.

“The cut I saw on her right away. I saw what I like to call a ‘lob’ — a long bob. For Holly we slightly stacked the back to give a fuller effect.

“I used our Kenra root-lifting spray to give added volume, as well as Bed Head ‘straighten out,’ because it helps to keep hair straightened up to 98 percent humidity. Love this product! We blow-dried and straightened her hair and spritzed her with some of Fantastic Sams’ firm hold styling spray.”

— Amber Busall

Meet the model

Holly Tabor is what’s called a universal worker at Hidden Creek Estates on the campus of Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea. She does tasks like serving meals, giving medications and going through daily activities. Her husband, Mike Tabor, works at Interstate Packaging. They have two sons, Anthony, 11, and Talan, 8. They live on the south side of the city.

She likes running, weightlifting, yoga and even Tough Mudder competitions. She plans to run in the Minneapolis Marathon in June, should the weather cooperate this year.


About the clothes

The shirts worn by the female models are M. Rena brand and available at Leutholds in Albert Lea for $46.


“Cody’s hair grows like its nobody’s business — really fast! With Cody we try new things, and he rocks it every time. cody02

“We did a fade. I used barbering techniques I’ve picked up from friends. Cody started out with a part but is now rocking a new men’s modern taper.

“He has thicker hair so we decided to texturize his hair by point-cutting it and thinning it out a smidge. It adds texture and movement.

“I recommend for men to use Molding Mud by Fantastic Sams. It’s movable and it will also stay where you want it. It also adds texture without shine and flaking. No men want to be sparkling or shining.”

— Amber Busall

Meet the model

Cody Habana appeared in the September/October 2014 issue for a feature called “Date night fashion.” He and his wife of nearly five years, Cher, sported clothing for a night on the town at Crescendo and 112 on Broadway. They live just southwest of the county fairgrounds.

He is a banking specialist and loan officer at Home Federal Savings Bank. Cher is a nurse supervisor at Mayo Clinic Health System. They both enjoy running and spending time with family and friends.

Amber is Cody’s regular stylist, and he said he likes that she knows the current men’s styles.

About Colleen Harrison

Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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