I started my career in 1982 in the San Francisco Bay
I moved to Eugene,
shops, I finally
opened my own,
I've studied under various master educators in-
Jingles International in New York, Toni and
Guy in Long Beach
California, L'oreal in San Fransico,
in Portland. I've taught
I'm committed to learning everything I can about
hairdressing, and even after 27 years, I often
classes or demos, eager to learn about
styles, or products.
Originally from New York City, Jennifer moved to Eugene to complete her BFA at UO. After graduation, she spent several years in the San Francisco area working in the Arts. Jennifer moved back to Eugene knowing this was the place she wanted to live and have her family. Jennifer and Chad became co-owners of Chad Michael Salon in 1997. They moved to the current location in Southtowne Shoppes in 1999 when Jennifer got her Esthetician and Nail Technology licenses.
“It was hard in those early days of my salon career… I seemed to be one of the only Nail Technicians using odor-free gels and working primarily with natural nails. The competition was very strong from the strictly 'nail shops' that were gaining in popularity so quickly. I always knew I would never go down that road…those chemicals are far too toxic for my salon’s environment.
"As far as my esthetics practice…I remember being one of maybe half a dozen technicians in Eugene using natural alpha-hydroxy, lactic and glycolic acids for my facial peels, and we could only go down to the 7th cervical vertebrae in our applications and massage. I had to travel to Seattle and Portland to get my advanced education for both of my licenses . We have come a long way in the last 13 years, yet, I continue to focus on the therapeutic health of the natural nail in my pedicures and manicures and the benefits of customized, quality skin care products for my esthetics practice. And I still go wherever needed keep up with current trends and education in my field."
Jennifer is also a practicing real estate broker and Hypnotherapist.
Colette is a Eugene native. She graduated from Sheldon high school in 2010. Before coming to the salon, Colette had a successful background in dance and received several awards including: 1st Place Lane County Fair Talent Show, Grand Champion Bohemia Mining Days Festival Cottage Grove (age 10), Oregon State Grand Champion for Tap (age 11), Dancer of the Year Sheldon HS 2009, and Oregon All State Award for Dance 2010 (awarded to the top 10% senior high school dancers in Oregon).
During her first year at Lane Community College Colette began to consider alternatives to dance as a career. She made a difficult decision and with a giant "leap of faith" decided to go into cosmetology. Having grown up in the beauty industry, she already had a good foundation and after her first day at cosmetology school, Colette knew she had made the right choice. "My career in the beauty industry helps me express my creativity and artistry in a way I never thought possible. Loving what I do empowers my ability to learn and grow professionally."
Colette joined her parents at Chad Michael Salon in 2013. She offers hair, nails, and skin services.