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ISSUE 120 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 2/23/2007

Local hair salon shears, styles

By Kirstin Fawcett
Staff Writer

Friday, February 23, 2007

According to popular myth, a certain magazine of questionable character once declared that St. Olaf College co-eds were among the most attractive in the nation. Unfortunately, St. Olaf is not only known for its good-looking student body, but also for the rigorous academic schedule that keeps said-beautiful students stranded on the Hill, their hair becoming increasingly shaggy with every weekend spent studying instead of visiting one of the numerous hair salons downtown.

The average Ole, with his or her studies, extracurricular activities and whatever personal life he or she manages to salvage, has little time to get a haircut, much less decide which of Northfield's 15-plus hair salons to patronize. However, for the rumored best looking student body, the disheveled look won’t do. St. Olaf students need a guide, a Cliffs Notes of sorts, that gives summaries of a hair salon service instead of Shakespeare. Location, cost and contact information should be featured, but other important details such as atmosphere, quality of service and the skill of the stylists should be included as well.

When asked about where they get their hair cut, most St. Olaf students surveyed said Buzz Salon is probably the best place in town and not just because they each received a $5 coupon in their P.O.s at the beginning of the school year.

Meghan Tauber ‘09, one of Buzz’s many devotees, is happy to share her style secrets with anyone who compliments her on her short, artfully tousled mane.

“I heard about Buzz Salon from other girls who had gotten their hair cut there and had loved the results. I initially visited to get highlights and a trim, and I've been coming back ever since,” Tauber said.

Buzz Salon, located on Northfield’s historical Division Street, is well within walking distance from both St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. Its environment caters to college students, partly because of its young management staff fresh out of beauty school, and because of its chic, yet affordable haircuts, styles, perms and color treatments. Massages and eyebrow and body waxing are additional Buzz services available for students who still have a little Christmas cash to burn but can’t afford a full-spa experience.

An appointment at Buzz is a pleasurable experience, and not just because one leaves the place an hour later appearing notably more attractive and polished than earlier. The environment of Buzz, which is relaxing yet stimulating, is a major source of the salon’s appeal. Comfortable couches recline against minimalist white walls, while the guitars of G.Love and Special Sauce and The Shins sound softly in the background. The smiling stylist with the cool shoes offers you a complimentary cold drink, which you sip slowly as you flip through a glossy magazine and watch your new self slowly emerge in the mirror in front of you.

While Buzz Salon is less expensive than many other pricey salons of comparable quality, students should make use of their student discount coupons if they are planning to get their hair shaped in one of the salon’s sophisticated styles.

The going rate for a haircut, style and blow dry at Buzz Salon is $40, yet resident stylist Maureen Cashman offers her services for $10 cheaper than her co-cutters. With the use of one of Buzz’s $5 coupons, one can achieve an inexpensive yet rave-worthy new look for spring and still afford all those textbooks professors insist are integral for class (many of which will be skimmed once or twice before the end of the semester).

Appointments can be made with one of Buzz’s beauty experts by calling 507-650-0282. However, if you ever find youself strolling past 508 Division Street feeling in need of a trim, walk-ins are also welcome.

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