Jaye Leigh

Inside the salon

Looking at loyal clients in new ways. Color! Color! Color! From natural-looking highlights to vivid tones, I love it all. Hearing the word, “Perfect.”

Outside the salon

My yoga practice. Fresh, local food. Pizza from our brick oven. Sewing. Knitting. Summer. NYC. Traveling and seeing new things, especially in the great outdoors.

Jaye Leigh, founder of O2 Salon, has been in the beauty business for more than 25 years. She continues to attend advanced education programs, and loves sharing the techniques and knowledge with her team.

“My philosophy on working with hair is simple,” says Jaye. “If you embrace the nature of the hair and work with it, you will not be fighting your hair’s natural flow, and you will look better more of the time.

“I have curly hair myself, and grew up hating it. At 26, I gave in and let it have its way. Letting my hair guide me to cuts that work means more good-hair days. “

With that philosophy as a foundation, Jaye creates styles that accentuate positive features and fit her clients’ lifestyles.

Color is her favorite service.

“I love to use highlights to accentuate a style, a facial feature, or for fun,” says Jennifer. “With color and style working together, the look can be the fullest reflection of my client’s personality.”

Jaye trained in Portland, and also studied at Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and Arrojo Advanced Academy in New York City. She is currently focused on becoming a master colorist with Goldwell. She’s also been an educator for Framesi in New England. Prior to opening her own shop in 1999, Jaye worked for many of Portland’s leading salons.

In 1994, Jaye enrolled at Maine College of Art, and graduated four years later with a degree in furniture design.

“I finished school, but went back to hair styling. The study of art may not have led me to a new career, but I believe my studies helped me fine-tune my aesthetic eye,” she says.