After spending decades in the beautification business, Angela Packer decided to venture out on her own. Today she is the owner of Angela Packer Hair, a two-chair, boutique salon.
Packer started out her career as a hair model and then held a position as a receptionist for five years, during which she attended cosmetology school. However, it’s her time as a receptionist that she says really got her passionate about cosmetology.
“I loved everything about the culture of a salon,” she says. “The art that was created with hair, the education about styles and retail product I found fascinating, the music that played every second of work, the personal style of the stylist – I loved it.”
Aside from the work atmosphere itself, Packer says she was also inspired by the personal relationships that she saw being forged between stylists and their clients. “It was something to be rivaled,” she adds.
“I co-owned that salon for 13 years,” she says. Then, in 2015, she took on a solo journey at a local suite concept.
Following a 3-year hiatus from the industry to center herself and her passions, Packer found what she calls the “perfect space” in Oakley.
Now, Angela Packer Hair is tucked off Oakley Square in downtown Oakley.
“We are on a great little street, Allston Street,” she adds. “The street houses several small businesses. It’s so great to be part of a small business community.”
Angela Packer Hair focuses only on hair, and Packer has her salon-mate Brittany Retherford working alongside her.
At Angela Packer Hair, you’ll find that the duo focuses on hair coloring, cutting, keratin straightening, and styling.
“We both love choosing the absolute perfect color and method of application for each client,” explains Packer. “Brittany also has been known to be quite the Keratin Complex guru.”
As for the space itself, Packer wanted to welcome guests to a cool, relaxed, inspiring, nurturing, and artful space – complete with music, television, and magazines.
“Pour a glass of wine, enjoy a hot coffee or tea, and relax into your own time while your service processes,” says Packer. “Gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the world go by.”