Meet Leigh Ann Post, Owner of Post Hair Company


Leigh Ann Post, with son Billy Post

Since 1988, Post Hair Company has been a staple hair salon and spa in the Greenwood Village area. But something that you might not know, is that this is a family owned salon that is still owned by its founder. 
Read our interview with Leigh Ann Post, owner of Post Hair Company to find out about Leigh Ann’s love for the industry, how she got her start, and why clients of Post Hair Company will get the best experience in town. 

Tell us a little about you. When did you first start doing hair? 
Leigh Ann Post: I grew up in South Korea and met my husband while he was in the service during the Vietnam War. We were married and I immigrated to the United States in 1971. We moved from California to Colorado in 1978 to raise our family and we have been here ever since. I had worked in healthcare and in hospitals as a young adult and decided to go to cosmetology school in 1979 and I have been doing hair ever since.  
Why did you love working in this industry?  
Working in health care was not something that made me happy. I really felt like hair was something that could showcase my creativity and I could change lives and make people happy at the same time! Hair is something that is so simple but can make people feel amazing and that is why I wanted to get into the industry in the first place.

Leigh Ann Post
Why did you want to open your own salon?  
When I first started doing hair there were a lot of women in the industry as stylists, however, not many women salon owners. I really wanted to make my own path and be different. The opportunity came up to open my own salon and I jumped at the chance to make a difference and build a business for myself and  my family.
What was your goal with this salon? 
I had been the head color educator at a salon before I opened my own business and I really wanted to focus on color when we started out. I wanted to make people feel special and help people feel beautiful with color.  
Why did you choose this particular location? 
We originally had been located at Orchard and University for around 18 years, and 11 years ago we started to look for a new location because the lease was up on our current space. We wanted to stay close enough to accommodate our current clients yet find a new space to hopefully build a larger clientele and service a new area. We found the space we currently are in and felt it accomplished all of those goals and so we built the building and opened 10 years ago.

When did you add on the spa and why did you want it to be apart of Post Hair? 
The spa was was opened to simply be a convenience to clients. We wanted our clients to be able to get everything done in one space: hair, skin care, massage and nails. We wanted to be a one-stop shop.
Tell us about your staff. Are they chosen based on certain needs? 
We feel very lucky with the staff we have chosen over the years. This industry can have a somewhat high turnover rate and we of course have had turnover. However, we like to hire people who want to have a career with us and grow with our company. We like to hire people based on their personality and people who are friendly and service-oriented, and if we need to help train and educate them that is fine. We just really hire people who are the 'right fit' for our salon.
What kind of experience will a client get when they visit?  
The most important thing we want clients to experience is making them feel comfortable. We never want them to feel intimidated here. Our stylists and service providers are here to make them beautiful! We have a phenomenal staff and we really want to put forth a team oriented environment so everyone that comes through our doors gets top notch service every single time, and no matter who they see they get the same great quality from each and every stylist.


Meet Your Stylist: Ashlee Olsen


Whether you haven’t had your hair done in years or you simply want an updated look, Post Hair Company is here to help you feel and look your best this season. Post Hair Company wants to meet your hair needs, along with offering tips and tricks to get the hair you love. To achieve that, we only bring on the best in the business. 
Today, we’re introducing you to one of our new stylists, Ashlee Olsen. She might be new to the Post Hair Company team, but her talent has already allotted her ‘best stylist” nominations and she even took home the award last year. 
New stylist profile: Ashlee Olsen 

When did you first start wanting to be a stylist? 
Ashlee Olsen: When I was 15 and started my first ever job, that's when I met my future hair stylist. She gave me her card and I went in for a cut and highlight. I was inspired from there to be a hairstylist.
Where did you attend school?
The Aveda Institute in Minneapolis 
How long have you been working in a salon? 
While I was going to school at Aveda, I got a job at Macy's doing makeup at a cosmetic counter. I developed a strong passion for doing makeup and stayed there as long as I could for about three years. While I was working there I got a job at Bella on The Bay and was there for about 5 1/2 years.
What do you specialize in as a stylist? 
I specialize in cut and color. 
You were the top stylist in your hometown. Tell us about this! 
I was nominated in 2013 for “best stylist” and then again in 2014, and won this last year. It’s a local magazine for the lake Minnetonka area, which also had a lot of our rivals in Wayzata, just across the lake. There are three people who get nominated in that category for the year and how you get nominated is by the number of votes you get from clients.

Why did you want to start working at Post Hair Company?
I wanted to work for a top tier L’Oreal professional salon. I was drawn in by how beautiful the salon is. I also liked how Leann Post, the owner, does hair and how it's a family run business. And I also loved Ali in my interview and could tell it was going to be a good fit! I learned from my last boss that it’s important for it to be a great fit.
What is your favorite aspect about the salon so far?
What I like most is the atmosphere is warm, friendly and inviting. I feel at home here.
Fall is coming up. What's a good tip for refreshing your hair for this season? 
Fall is always a great time to do a gloss/shine treatment or a deluxe custom treatment from Shu Uemura, kerastase or L’Oreal professional. 
What is a hair trend that you're loving right now? 
My favorite method that is really in style right now is balayage. It's a free-hand painting method on the hair with out the foils. It creates a real natural, youthful look. I love how natural it looks and being able to really customize the color.
What can a client expect from you experience wise when getting their hair done? 
A great consultation and creating a cut you will be able to style on your own at home that fits your lifestyle, [along with] some quick tips on at-home styling, and just being able to relax and have a good time. 


Flashback Friday: 5 Dramatic Celeb Hair Transformations

Celebrities have eyes on them at all times. From walking their dog to going on a date with someone new, everything is captured on camera. But even those of us who don’t read tabloid magazines can’t resist clicking on an “after” photo when a celebrity has had a dramatic hair transformation.  
Some celebs stay under the radar when it comes to getting their hair changed up. They might cut off an inch or two, add a couple highlights and lowlights, or switch up how they’re wearing their hair (goodbye to the long ponytail for Ariana Grande). 

Here are five dramatic hair transformations that you’ll either love or hate. 

Katy Perry 

Katy Perry is one colorful person. She always seems to take the higher road, her tours are incredibly colorful and characteristic, and her hair changes its color frequently. We’re looking back to when Katy switched up her signature black hair color for something that stands out just a little more: green. There was also a purple in there at one time, but the green had us all hating her hair until we started kind of liking it. If anyone could pull off green, it’s Katy. 


Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus had more than just a hair transformation. It seems this Disney star went from being red carpet appropriate with her fiancé by her side to a wild, wild child. A few years back, Miley went from a classy ‘do to chopping it all off. It’s been platinum blonde to buzzed on one side to plain messy. This hair is wild and we think it compliments Miley’s lifestyle well. 


Kim K. 

For as long as we can remember, Kim Kardashian has had long, black hair. Then she added the “West” on the end of her name and she started experimenting. Kim got a cut, and then she did something probably none of us saw coming: She went platinum. This didn’t last too long, since her hair is naturally dark and it was probably a pain - even for Kim - to keep up with. But it was a fun blonde ride for all of us to see. 


Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff is another Disney star, but this is one that never really went off the deep end. Now that she’s single and, from what her music videos tell us, ready to mingle, she’s also jumped on the colorful hair bandwagon. It’s been green, to blue and now kind of looks both. She still looks gorgeous, so power to Hilary for changing up her good girl look. 


Jennifer Lawrence

One of America’s favorite funny girls had us all gushing over short hair a couple years back. Jennifer Lawrence went from long blonde (at one point even brown) hair to a pixie cut. You can bet that thousands of women then went into a salon all over the world and requested the “Jennifer Lawrence haircut.” 
Want to switch up your look? Make an appointment to find the perfect cut and color for your hair. 

7 Hair Hacks You’ve Probably Never Tried

When it comes to advice about hair, there are endless tips and tricks. Sitting in your stylist’s chair is probably the best place you can find actual advice that’s good for you hair, but there are also some hacks online worth trying. 
From how to keep those annoying stray hairs down to finishing your look and encouraging it to last, we’ve put together a list of our favorite hair hacks. 
7 hair hacks you should try now
1. Keep your fly-aways down.
Whether you put your hair up or leave it down, there always seems to be a fly-away...or 10. If you’re going for a clean, soft look, you don’t want to overload your hair with product just for those stubborn hairs. Instead, grab an unused toothbrush, lightly spray it with hairspray, then swipe it over those fly-aways. 

2. Empower your bobby pins. 
Speaking of stubborn hair, do you have straight or thin hair that won’t keep your bobby pins in where you left them? If so, lay out a handful of bobby pins on a paper towel, spray them with hairspray or dust with dry shampoo, shake the paper towel so you get them even, and put in your hair. The bobby pins will get a little texture to them so that they’ll stay put.
3. Don’t cut your hair until you’ve done the test.
We saw this in Harper’s Bazaar a couple months ago, and it’s a great way to test if short hair would look good with your face proportions. It’s a great hack, since once you cut your hair, it takes a while to grow back. This is called “The 2.25" (5.5cm) rule” and it just might save the life and look of your hair. 
According to Harper's Bazaar, just “position a pencil or pen under your chin horizontally and then place a ruler under your ear, vertically. Take your measurement from the intersection of the pencil and ruler. Less than 2.25" and you'd look amazing with short hair, and if it's anything more long locks will be the most flattering choice for you.”
4. Use your braids. 
If you wear braids overnight to get a unique curl look, or you wear braids during the day and want a different look for going out, swipe your straightener over your braids while they’re still in your hair, then take out the braids. You’ll be left with a cool curly look.  
5. Use the right brush. 
Do you ever get frustrated while doing your hair because it never turns out the way you want it to? It could be the brush you’re using. Here are some helpful tips about why there are so many brushes. The big, round brush is for straightening and smoothing your hair. Using this brush won’t give you much curl. The small, round brush (oftentimes it looks like a metal brush with thin, sharp bristles) can add some curl and volume with a twist of the wrist. And the flatter, paddle-like brush can be used for mostly anything, although it is more like the brush you’ll use straight out of the shower, or before going to bed. 
6. Quick wash your hair.
If you have long hair that takes forever to wash and dry, we’re here to tell you about a quick way to get a washed look in minutes. Section of your hair, leaving your bangs left loose. Lightly wash your bangs in the sink with a small amount of shampoo. Then let all of your hair loose and dry your bangs. The front of your hair will look freshly washed and dried, without having to do your whole head. 
7. Fight the frizz. 
Don’t have time to wash your hair in the morning but hate sleeping with wet hair due to frizz? Don’t be afraid to sleep with wet hair anymore, because we’ve found a hack that’ll help. After washing your hair, put a beanie on and go to sleep. You’ll wake up with less frizz and you’ll avoid those weird sleep-curls.
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