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KARLIJN

SENIOR BEAUTY OPERATOR

608.230.6556
karlijn@midwestbeautyhouse.com

2334 Atwood Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704

I’ve loved watching MBH grow from a tiny little shop on the corner of Winnebago into a flourishing fully staffed salon with two locations.
— Karlijn

What is your occupation?

I am a hairstylist and colorist who loves cutting and painting hair. My favorite thing is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone’s hair texture, whether it’s curly and big, fine and flat, or anywhere in between.

How did you or why did you pursue a position at MBH?

I have known Alice for over 10 years and she’s the one who inspired me to become a hairstylist in the first place, so I’m very excited to be working here.

How long have you been a Beauty Operator?

I have been a Beauty Operator for 5 years now, not including the training that I got at the Aveda Institute.

What is your favorite MBH shop memory?

I’ve loved watching MBH grow from a tiny little shop on the corner of Winnebago into a flourishing fully staffed salon with two locations.

What do you love most about doing hair?

I love connecting with my guests on a level that goes past surface value and making them feel good about not just what they look like but who they are.

What is your current style icon/inspiration or favorite role model?

I don’t have any specific style icons but I love getting inspiration from my friends and random people I meet or see on the street.  I like finding inspiration anywhere and everywhere.

What is your favorite or most used beauty product?

Deep conditioners and curl products save my dry frizzy hair!   

What do you love most about Madison/the Midwest?

I love being close to my friends and family and I love being in a smaller city with familiar faces.

What is another favorite local business of yours?

The Ohio Tavern is one of my favorites. I love how spicy their hot sauces are and that they get so creative with such a limited menu.

Why is receiving beauty services important to you?

To me it’s simple. When you feel good about the way you look, it shines through in every aspect of your life.   

What does “better beauty culture” mean to you?

Better beauty culture to me means creating a positive stigma around self care far beyond just vanity. It’s connecting with people and making them feel like their best selves in a safe and fun environment.