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From the moment her young fingers could twine through the handle of a pair of scissors, owner Michelle Nguyen cut hair with abandon, starting with her dolls and herself before taking her shears to others' coifs. She earned hairstyling diplomas from both Versailles Academy and Toni&Guy Academy, and, with the addition of a business degree to her portfolio, she opened Hair Republic.
Michelle's salon boasts a sleek, ultramodern blend of glass accents and chic white furniture and walls lit by the fascinating patterns of lamps both embedded in and hanging from the architecturally avant-garde ceiling. At comfortably spaced styling stations, Michelle and her team cut, colour, and blow-dry strands, performing everything from simple men's trims to balayage services with brand-name products such as Paul Mitchell and Alterna. Recently, Hair Republic partnered with Green Circle Salons, an organization that provides environmentally friendly ways to dispose of and recycle everyday salon waste, such as providing hair transplants for disenfranchised chia pets.