When Amanda joined the crew at 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar shortly after its grand opening, her black and white Pomeranian Oliver came along with her. Since then, Oliver has been camped out in his tiny pet bed behind Amanda’s booth, keeping an eye on everything that goes on in the salon. If his mom makes a visit to the shampoo bowls or the break room, he is always right on her heels. Like his mom, Oliver is always stylishly dressed in the salon’s signature black and white. This five-and-a-half-pound cutie is 140’s best accessory.
Amanda is clearly a dog lover. She’s also an adventurous spirit who loves to travel, an avid reader, and a Maine native. Since she moved to the Triangle area nine years ago, her favorite travel destinations have been the North Carolina beach and mountains as well as nearby cities like Washington D.C. She’s currently reading Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, and she spends a lot of time online stalking the location of the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck (which apparently has a lobster roll just as good as what she gets back home). Back in Maine, Amanda studied Cosmetology at the Spa Tech Institute. She is a Master Stylist who has been doing hair for twelve years, and her experience shows in her work.
Amanda is particularly gifted at the art of consultation – she listens carefully to each client so that she really understands the look each individual is hoping to achieve. Amanda’s artistic approach takes into account the client’s lifestyle and best features, resulting in custom cuts that clients love. Amanda also does a beautiful job with color – in particular, she loves natural-looking highlights in blonde hair, and rich, auburn highlights in darker hair. She also has fun practicing specialty color on Oliver – currently, his tail is a lovely shade of blue.
Amanda’s favorite clients are local Durhamites who are hip to the downtown scene – she loves to keep up with Durham events, whether
it’s a food truck rodeo, a restaurant opening, or a music festival. She also likes to talk to her clients about books and travel destinations. Amanda is the kind of stylist who makes long-lasting relationships with clients. One they get used to her candid sense of humor and her excellent haircuts, they can’t stay away.
So, keep an eye out for this duo around town – you might seem them hiking together on the Eno, one of their favorite outdoor spots, or snacking on their favorite foods – ice cream for Amanda (any flavor!) and Woofums for Oliver (the beef jerky kind, please!). Or you can visit them in the salon by booking an appointment for a gorgeous cut or color with Amanda – even better!