Hair stylist Shyanne Delano recently was applying a balayage color with a paintbrush to her client’s hair at Cloud 9 Hair Salon, owned by Laura Saul, in John Day.
Balayage, the French word for “to sweep” or “to paint,” gives hair a sun-kissed appearance for a soft, natural look.
Delano launched her career locally after graduating from Eastern Oregon College of Industrial Arts in John Day last December. She’s been soaking in knowledge from Saul ever since that time.
“Working with Laura has been amazing,” Delano said. “She shows me all of her tips and tricks.”
She added that Saul has helped her learn to formulate hair colors.
“Most people would say I specialize in color,” Saul said. “It’s something I definitely enjoy.”
Saul said she’s been happy to share her expertise with Delano over the past eight months.
“It’s been fun to work with her and see how she’s grown,” Saul said. “We’ve also been able to learn things from each other, so it goes both ways.”
Saul has owned Cloud 9 for 13 years and has been at the 185 SE Dayton St. location in John Day for four years.
Saul offers color and cuts, including balayage, hombre and foil techniques, as well as men’s and children’s cuts, updos, wedding styles and more.
Delano provides haircuts and color, manicures, acrylic nails and pedicures. She also offers makeup tutorials and some facials and waxing.
Debbie Prophet also works at the salon, specializing in facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, red light therapy, eyebrow and eyelash tints and eyebrow lifts.
Saul and her husband, Mitch, recently welcomed their baby daughter, Laney. Laura plans to stay home with the baby and 2.5-year-old son Corbin until the first week in October.
Delano will take on extra clients while Saul is on maternity leave.
“I like the personal connection with clients and keeping up with what’s new with them,” she said. “I wrote a letter to myself in middle school about this being my dream job.”
She said she has her family to thank for helping her achieve her dream, including her husband, Logan Delano, who is finishing school to become a paramedic.
Shyanne keeps busy, working long hours on most days she’s at work.
“I like making people feel pretty,” she said.
Cloud 9 is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 541-575-0225.