Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Kampelman.
Claire, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I began working in the beauty industry when I was 18 (over 10 years ago!) My career got its start while I was working retail – working for brands like Estee Lauder, Lancome, and MAC. Retail paid the bills + expanded my knowledge of makeup during my undergraduate career at SIU Carbondale where I studied both fashion and theatre.
After working in the industry for several years I knew it was time to take my education to the next level. I received my cosmetology license at Paul Mitchell the School St Louis and never looked back.
I quickly fell in love with styling, and soon after graduation found amika: and joined the pro-education team as an educator and platform artist.
I began working with extensions and wigs on set for shoots once I dove deeper into editorial styling, but really found my passion giving women confidence doing extensions behind the chair.
Over my hair career, I have been certified in 5+ extension methods, but hand-tied was ultimately where I found the best results. My clients were OBSESSED with the comfort, color blend, and just how truly invisible they looked in the hair.
My goal was always to give my clients totally natural-looking hair and debunk the myth that extensions look “fake”
Coming off of COVID-lockdown, my extension business exploded. I now solely focus on extensions and offer hand-tied exclusively behind the chair.
I am so proud to announce the opening of my first salon ‘Glossed’ – opening in Tower Grove fall of 2021. It will be a space dedicated to the art of hair extensions and effortless color.
My goal for Glossed is to give my future stylists wings – I want my stylists to succeed in this industry and become a master of their craft.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Struggles, wow. So many struggles. When I first began doing hair extensions the industry was SERIOUSLY lacking when it came to education. There were no classes available locally, and virtual education had not exploded yet. I found my way through trial and error. I learned SO much along the way. I traveled across the country multiple times (and still do to this day) in order to get proper education.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Specializing in hand-tied hair extensions & effortless color
I am most proud of how far I have come in such a short amount of time and the future of my salon. Glossed salon will truly be first of its kind in St. Louis.
What sets Glossed apart is our level of education and the educational opportunities we will have for other stylists. We are building a community > creating competition.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I grew up doing theatre and have always loved ALL things creative; music, fashion, beauty, makeup, and of course hair!
- Website: clairecutshair.com
- Instagram: @clairecutshair