Connie McKnight loves being a stylist because she loves her clients. "I have the best, most amazing and down-to-earth clients!" She also loves the creative side of her work. "Cutting hair is like drawing, and coloring is like painting. So every day I get to come to work and do art. It's awesome!" Connie has been a stylist since 2006, was a stylist for Gary Manuel and an Educator at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, and now works with the company John Amico from Chicago. Her Italian color line, Jalyd, is organic, with enzyme-based developers.
Connie has designed hair and done hair internationally in Minneapolis and London and worked behind the scenes as a hair stylist for runway models during New York Fashion Week in New York City. "There are fashion shows going on all over the city, you are racing to get from show to show. Your models are racing from show to show as well. There are celebrities watching your shows…It's very fast-paced and sooo exciting!" Connie's continuous study of current and classic fashion, combined with the mastery and love of the industry gives her the ability to work with individuals and helps create a look that is customized for them. "I love that I've gotten to do all these amazing things with my career but even better is how it influences my work in Poulsbo, bringing my clients the best hair cuts, color, and foils that rivals any NYC, London, or Paris salon."
'Locally grown,' I was raised in a wonderful community on Lopez in the San Juan islands. As a young woman, I spent some time in Los Angeles before moving back to the Seattle area. While apprenticing at Le Salon Paul Morey in downtown Seattle, I realized I preferred self employment. The next ten years were spent working with a wonderful group of hairdressers on Bainbridge Island before opening (1996) my own salon in Poulsbo. In 2007 I relocated the salon to Poulsbo Place where as of March 1st 2013 I happily (and with gratitude) sold the salon to Connie! I am very happy to be a part of La Bella Vita Salon! People and hair... I love them both!
Meg Dunagan, a graduate of Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle, says connecting with clients is her favorite part of the job. "The client who is in my chair is the most important person to me in that moment, and I want them to feel that."
Meg specializes in cuts, color, foils and balayage. Always learning, she is committed to staying on top of the newest styles and techniques. She has become passionate about helping brides find the perfect look, considering their dress, veil, theme, hair type and personality. "I want the bride to feel like she is the most beautiful woman in the world on her big day."
Anyone interested in discussing a new hair style or making the most of an existing style is welcome to come into the shop, take a look around and talk things over with Meg. She hopes to become your personal hair stylist.