Owner and Master Stylist
A few of my favorite things...
Inside the salon Looking at loyal clients in new ways. Color! Color! Color! From natural looking highlights to metallic looks and vivid tones - I love it all. Hearing the word perfect...
Outside the salon My family - Shawn & our dog Stella, my garden; veggie and flower, my yoga practice www.portlandpoweryoga.com, having a president that can speak full sentences, fresh local food, pizza from our brick oven, sewing, summer, NYC.
Jennifer Leigh, founder of O2 salon, has been in the beauty business for 25 years.
“My philosophy on working with hair is simple,” says Jennifer. “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 less work and more good hair days. “
Working with that philosophy as a foundation, Jennifer creates a style that accentuates positive features and fits the client’s lifestyle.
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.”
Jennifer trained in Portland, also studied at Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. She’s also been an educator for Framesi in New England. Prior to opening her own shop in 1999, Jennifer worked for many of Portland’s leading salons.
In 1994, Jennifer 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.
Inside the salon Texture! Bold colors, bangs, my clients' stories.
Outside the salon - Impromptu dance parties, vintage dresses, boots, Nermal and Leon, (my kitties,) FOOD!! see catsnackfever.com
Tasha Zwickerhill has been in the beauty industry since 2007. She has been passionate about making this a career for a long time. Since she began at O2, Tasha has attended Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, Arrojo Academy in New York, and competed in Colorzoom 11, with Goldwell Color. She is so passionate, she blogs about beauty, in her spare time. Check it out here tashazwickerhill.com
Her position as a stylist is the culmination of hard work and a life-long aspiration to help others reach their full potential.
"My favorite thing about the industry," says Tasha, "is making people feel fabulous. Nothing beats making your client do the 'I feel hot dance' in your chair when they look in the mirror."
"The beauty of this carreer is the fact that you never stop learning. Classes on new techniques and styles feed my inspiration and get me excited to get my hands in some hair. I love doing styles, cuts and colors that make a bold statement, but I also enjoy the subtlety of a natural-looking color and cut that perfectly compliments a client's style."
Tasha also enjoys working on photo shoots with her husband David Zwickerhill. Dave is a Maine photographer who is available for weddings, portraits of pets or kids. Check out his site:Zwickerhill Photography
Inside the salon
Hair should be workable, manageable,textured, defined and personal! Your hair should fit your personality and practicality.
Outside the salon
Teaching yoga, meditation, facilitating retreats and workshops...
Dana studied advanced cutting in London in 1979, and in 1982 he worked and trained at Vidal Sassoon in New York City. He opened Akari Hair Salon on Fore Street in 1983. He sold the salon and moved to Los Angeles in 1987. In Los Angeles, he explored dual careers in hair and film, both in front of and behind the camera. He also embraced yoga, which he taught for 10 years in southern California. He studied with Zen Master Rama and famed shaman Carlos Castaneda. Over the years, Marcoux has had the opportunity to teach yoga privately to Robin Williams, Dave Navarro, Clive Barker and more.
O2 owner Jennifer Leigh said Marcoux is an important addition to her salon.
“Dana’s experience and education is almost unmatched in Portland,” she said. “Our clients can take advantage of this amazing resource and talent.”
Dana is also excited about the move.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Jennifer Leigh at O2 and connect with people back in Portland,” he said.
Marcoux is also teaching yoga at three studios in greater Portland. His
website is www.yogidana.com.
Inside the salon
The opportunity to learn new techniques and observe the fine details that make it all work. Knowing the elements to a great style and watching it all come together while working alongside an amazing team.
Outside the salon
My family and my dog, Bear, beach days and warm sun , hiking in the White Mountain, good music, New York City, vacations, fruit smoothies.
Jessica has been in the beauty industry for five years. Starting as a salon receptionist, Jessica found herself watching the stylists and wondering if she might have the passion for hair styling. She attended Spa Tech Institute, and continues to train under O2 owner Jennifer Leigh, a licensed professional with 25 years of experience. Jessica is learning to specialize in precision cutting and coloring.
Jessica enjoys observing and working with Jenn and clients to come up with styles individualized to their needs. She is fascinated by new ideas and makes it a point to keep up with the latest techniques and hair trends.
"I begin each day knowing I have decided to pursue a rewarding and exciting career,” says Jessica. “My eventual goal is creating a diverse range of looks that accentuate personal beauty for all my clients."