A local salon stays on the cutting edge (get it?) by specializing in the latest techniques and eco-friendly practices while also prepping to launch a salon RV next year.
With so many salons in Cincinnati, it’s not always easy to stand out. But for Rebecca Cowles, owner of Vagabond Salon, she says it comes easy because they truly are different.
Launched in 2014, and based in Montgomery, Vagabond offers haircut, color and skin services with a specialty in vibrant, long-lasting hair color. “I have invested a lot of time and money into my continuing education and continue to do so,” Cowles says. “You can come in for an exceptional balayage highlight or a haircut based on your own personal head shape to ensure it suits you the best. I also do facial waxing.”
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what makes Vagabond Salon different, Cowles says. “A vagabond is a person that wanders from place to place without a home. This term perfectly describes what I hope to achieve with my salon,” she adds. “The RV that will be Vagabond’s new home will move it’s semi permanent location every few years to up and coming communities that would benefit from the additional foot traffic and support. I’m hoping to be in Pleasant Ridge or Madisonville.”
Vagabond Salon is also unique because of the steps they are taking to improve the environment and community. “I started Vagabond Salon to make Cincinnati beautiful and to turn the world of hair salons as we know it on its head.” Cowles explains. “Salons are notorious for being wasteful and I wanted to do something about that. We only get one world and it is up to us to take care of it. There are many small, yet impactful, things salons can do, in order to be less wasteful.”
To practice keeping the earth clean, the loose hair that she gets from the salon goes to “Matter of Trust,” a company that creates mats to soak up oil spills. In addition, Cowles has an entire dumpster dedicated to all that the salon recycles, and she’s adamant about other conservation efforts such as turning off tools when not it use.
“The RV that I’m building and will be operating out of next year will be almost entirely self-sufficient,” Cowles says. “I plan to recycle the grey water collected from the shampoo bowls into a community garden on the premises and recycle and reuse as much as possible. I have so many exciting things in the works and cannot wait for these projects to be completed.”
At Vagabond Salon, Cowles defines success by seeing the number of selfies that her clients take of their haircuts after leaving the salon. “Feeling confident and too beautiful to wait until they get home to share their new hairstyle,” she says. “Also, by the number of wonderful compliments I receive from the beautiful people who I deal with everyday.” Her favorite part of the job is seeing the lives that she gets to touch. “I love making people feel good and bringing the inner beauty out in everyone that comes through my door.” Cowles adds.
“Everyone who comes in to get their hair done, leaves knowing exactly how to achieve their look and maintain their hair at home,” she says. “We are different in the steps we take to be less wasteful and friendly to the environment.”
Vagabond Salon is located within Salon Concepts, at 9797 Montgomery Rd, Suite 8, Cincinnati, OH 45242. To learn more, call or text Rebecca Cowles 513-472-0202 or visit online. You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.