Glam It Up With Kristal In Down­town Salon

Riverbank News - - NEWS - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­leader.com

Hav­ing a pas­sion for hair, makeup and beauty in gen­eral, new salon owner Kristal Austin has stepped out of her com­fort zone of teach­ing and de­cided to open a beauty salon of her very own in down­town River­bank. With a team of stylists, the full ser­vice beauty salon of­fers the lat­est hair and color trends like bal­ayage hair paint­ing as well as cuts, ex­ten­sions and wax­ing with­out los­ing the in­tegrity of the hair and keep­ing it look­ing healthy.

“We spe­cial­ize in color and your hair care needs,” Austin ex­plained. “We want you to have the best out­come with your hair. Ev­ery time you come get your hair done we’re go­ing to of­fer you bev­er­ages and it’s just re­ally re­lax­ing af­ter work and your sit­ting down get­ting that scalp mas­sage right af­ter your color, then you get your hair cut.”

The love for hair be­gan at a young age for Austin as she cut the hair on her life size Bar­bie and gave it lay­ers. For her se­nior project in high school she de­cided to part­ner with a fel­low se­nior on hair, makeup and fash­ion. This so­lid­i­fied that this was what she was go­ing to do for liv­ing. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from River­bank High School, Austin took a tour at Paul Mitchell and fell in love with ev­ery as­pect of cos­me­tol­ogy.

“I am very pas­sion­ate about hair and mak­ing some­one feel great,” said Austin. “I would say I wake up ev­ery day and it’s not a job. I am like, yay I am go­ing to do some hair.”

At the age of 17, Austin went to beauty school right af­ter grad­u­a­tion and in about 11 months re­ceived her li­cense. Her first job was run­ning her own sta­tion and then she con­tin­ued work­ing for other sa­lons. For the past three years Austin got into ed­u­ca­tion and has been teach­ing oth­ers how to do hair. She has worked for com­pa­nies like Paul Mitchell and Bed Head.

“I would say I feel blessed and it feels great to set your own hours and to have free­dom,” stated Austin. “I wanted to of­fer an ex­pe­ri­ence to the com­mu­nity be­cause I am from River­bank.

“It is a full ser­vice hair salon so we do cut, we do color, we do wax­ing ser­vices, we of­fer any­thing with hair care – ex­ten­sions – any­thing with beau­ti­fy­ing your hair and our­selves.”

Glam has now been open for the past three months and although most clients make ap­point­ments they do ac­cept walk-ins. The salon is open Tues­day through Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they wel­come new clients. They have so­cial me­dia sites as well so in­ter­ested clients can mes­sage them through In­sta­gram or Face­book.

“The best part is my co­work­ers and the sup­port that I have re­ceived from my mother, clients, and my fam­ily,” ex­pressed Austin. “Leav­ing my teach­ing job and just go­ing for it, it’s ac­tu­ally been amaz­ing be­cause ev­ery­body around me sup­ported me, es­pe­cially my par­ents. So that’s the nice part. I’m not like strug­gling be­cause I have such pos­i­tive en­ergy sur­round­ing me.”

Austin in­vites the pub­lic to fol­low Glam on In­sta­gram where her team posts videos through­out the day show­cas­ing their skills be­cause the stylists are all so dif­fer­ent and all, said Austin, are very tal­ented.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Glam by Kristal Austin in down­town River­bank of­fers a va­ri­ety of ser­vices like cuts, col­ors, hair ex­ten­sions, and wax­ing.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

New salon owner Kristal Austin is elated to have her own full ser­vice hair salon in down­town River­bank and feels very thank­ful for the sup­port from her fam­ily and clients.

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