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Joan Louis

[ MO HAIR SALON ] Celebrating a legacy of lifelong learning and innovative trendsetting IN THE THREE decades that Joan Louis has styled hundreds of Baton Rouge area customers with the latest hair trends, she has also trained a number of stylists who are now salon owners themselves. But rather than seeing these new salons as threatening competitors, Louis operates Mo Hair Salon on Burbank Drive with a unique business philosophy. “I’m not afraid to help my stylists become salon owners,” she says. “Education is key to our team’s success, so if someone has worked with me, I know they’re a strong stylist and can be a strong salon owner.” A lifelong learner who always knew she wanted to do hair, Louis chose early in her career to become a Paul Mitchell educator. As a result, Mo Hair is known for consistency and staying ahead of trends. “Fitting myself into an established, on-trend brand like Paul Mitchell that provides education allows me bring what I learn to my salon,” explains Louis. “That way, whether my stylists trained at Aveda or D’Jay’s, I can teach them what I’ve learned. This lets Mo Hair offer our customers a true professional salon experience.”

At the multicultural salon, that true salon experience begins with what may seem minor to the untrained eye, but is something that Louis knows is essential to beautiful hair. “By using the correct shampoo and conditioner for a person’s hair type, we’re putting them on the correct shampoo journey,” says Louis. “This first step is essential to keeping the cli-

ent’s hair healthy, whether it’s dry, has been colored, or is keratin-treated.” Mo Hair Salon offers a variety of products and services for men and women, including hair extensions, relaxers, dreadlocks, twists, keratin treatments, perms, curls, eyelashes and waxing. The Paul Mitchell retailer prides itself on staying ahead of trend by keeping what Louis calls a “beauty

watch” on what the industry demands. “Right now natural hair is very in, so that’s a lot of what we’re doing. It’s exciting to see so many experiments with colors and styles,” says Louis. “Once upon a time, it was just black and brown and blonde. I love seeing people shake things up with fun colors, unisex haircuts and shaved sides.” While Louis and her team regularly attend hair shows for constant advanced education, they also enjoy the challenge of learning new styles at clients’ requests. “When we see a new trend coming or get a preview of one, we like to huddle together and practice to make it work,” she says. “A lot of times, we rely on pictures and our younger stylists to learn what’s new so we can figure out how to achieve that look.” And what is this veteran salon owner’s goal today? “I’m happy I’ve lived long enough to create the legacy that is Mo Hair—of making clients happy and helping others in their careers,” Louis says. “My dream is that my contribution to the hair industry inspires a younger person to make the choice to become a trailblazer.”

AT A GLANCE PRIMARY PRODUCT/SERVICE: Specializing in repairing and smoothing hair and installing long-lasting hair extensions on all hair types TOP EXECUTIVE: Joan Louis, Owner YEAR FOUNDED: 1980 • PHONE: 225.769.2292 • WEBSITE: mohair30.com 66

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