Attention Salon Closing/ Stylist Relocating

It is with a very heavy heart I have to announce the end of CopperTop located on Berryville Ave. I was notified in late January 2015, that Harbor Freight would be coming in and taking my space. It took me six months and countless sweat equity hours when, I initially did the build out on the salon five years ago. Given the time frame and my financial situation I am not able to relocate and rebuild the salon. This news as one can imagine has been devastating. Although I tired to work something else out it was just not possible.   Soooooo even though I will no longer be a salon owner I still will be doing hair. I’m excited to announce I will be joining the team at Sugar and Spice Salon located at 47 w Boscawen St Winchester VA 22601. Stephanie Levenson is an amazing stylist and I’m honored to be apart of her team. She also has a photographer on site who offers glamour shots, portrait and intimate sessions. / / 304-579-7272. I just want to thank everyone who has supported the salon and helped it become more than I had imagined. Although I’m ending this chapter in my career, I’m looking forward to the start of a new one. All guests of CopperTop can still expect to receive the same quality of service they have received in the past; it’s just going to be done at a different location. I repeat if you came looking for custom haircuts, a curly hair expert, dimensional color, upstyles and more you can still expect to receive the best. As always I will be available Tuesday- Saturday around my client’s schedule and needs. I will also still have the full line of Ouidad products available for my curly client’s to purchase. Appointments can be made by calling 540-539-1049 or sending an email and soon I will be offering online scheduling.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the new salon, and I appreciate all your support with the transition.

Also from now on the salon page will become a website for Stephanie’s info. At the time of this post Jessica Van Diest had not made a decision regarding her re-location.


Catching Fire

Over the past few months I have noticed a super fun trend that I can’t get enough of,  red hair!! I know red heads have a little bit of a stigma about them, but I think it’s time to throw that away. I have seen some gorgeous reds that are to die for. Not the plain ginger that most thing about when looking at red hair (although that is gorgeous in it’s own right), but rich and vibrant reds that look like flames dancing in the sunlight.

I think this is such a fun, fresh look coming into the spring or even for those that are tired of the dreariness of winter. Whether subtle or bold, reds can freshen up your look and add a little fire to your life. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be a little more feisty coming into the spring months?!

New Jersey Hair Class

Education is something really important to me as a stylist and salon owner. I try to travel to shows as often as I can, but when it doesn’t work out I’ll just take a class online. In my early days as a growing stylist we would sneak backstage at hair shows and offer our help. We would do all the tasks that the assistants got stuck with, but in return we got to work next to some amazing hairstylists. In fact we did this so much they started to recognize us and greet us with smiles when we got back stage. Once we were even asked to model for a show, we worked all day they had our hair colored on stage. Color however was not what we were looking for, we wanted our hair cut by the stylist we idolized.  Now they had been working all day as well, and were just as exhausted as we were, but never fussed when we asked. It was one of the best haircuts I’ve ever had! The stylist who did it was named DJ Muldoon and he was/is amazing. Over the years I’ve always admired his work and style of hair dressing. Unlike most platform artists his cuts where something that you could actually apply in the salon. DJ is Vidal Sassoon trained and his work shows a level of precision I really admire. After many years working for Paul Mitchell he left and opened a Salon in San Diego with his father.  I still follow his work online and even planned a trip to San Diego for another one of his amazing styles. Unfortunately due to his educational tour he had to cancel my appt, so I was trilled when I found out he would be in New Jersey teaching a class.   I signed up and asked my mother to come along for her 50th birthday. I mean I cant think of a better way to spend a birthday, so I knew she would agree. lol.

The class was at the Parisian Beauty School in Hackensack, NJ a Paul Mitchell Partner School. Since I’m Paul Mitchell trained I was excited to check out the school. As soon as I stepped in the room, I was refreshed by the energy learning and growing brings you. Sometimes we get stuck doing the same thing over and over in the salon, so its great to use your mind a little. Which is what DJ kept focusing on, he kept saying I’m going to make you think.  Our first cut took us back to basics; we had to master the art of a 0 degree haircut. Which everyone else knows as a one length haircut, and although we make it look easy its actually one of the hardest cuts. You can imagine how thrilled I was when he told me my cut was on point! Whoop Whoop! The class really seemed to focus on remembering the foundations of haircutting. The second cut we learned was a modern wedge hairstyle. This was something I actually really enjoyed, because YES I still get requests for this hairstyle! Taking time out of my always busy schedule for education is a treat. I left Sunday feeling renewed and refreshed, and ready to head back to the salon. Not before I took my mom to the spa and out to dinner for her birthday of course. Nothing like some girls time,  a little shopping and pampering to get your mind straight.  I will be eagerly awaiting my next trip!

International Beauty Show- Krissy

NYC is a favorite spot of mine and I was SUPER excited that it was that time of year again. The International Beauty Show  is held yearly and the longest running trade show in our industry.  On April 14th a Sunday at 6am the CopperTop Salon girls boarded the train in D.C ready to travel and soak up all the sights and inspiration this event brings!  We arrived at 9am quickly checked into our hotel and grabbed a cab to the convention center for the show was just starting.  Most of my advanced training and I’m always proud to say was with Vidal Sassoon. To my excitement their academy team from NYC was opening the show on the main stage and Lori and I rushed to get good seats.  Their new collection was AMAZING and as always very interesting.  They always push the envelope with off the wall edgy looks, which is one reason I love them so much!  The models were based on David Bowie and featured short sides with disconnections for that modern and very textured fun summer look. Hair colors ranged from deep violets and browns to platinum blonde and oranges .  Kim Vo who was discovered on Shear Genius was the announcer;  he was funny and a surprise to see in person!  The show had many venders with LOTS of free samples and new products for us to play with.  Of course I bought new Sassoon brushes which I’ve been needing  Something new and interesting was this company selling Hair Chalk. It’s like an eye shadow pot that you just run through strands of your hair and set with hairspray. They were very vibrant,  and stayed in until your hair is washed… and AWESOME. I bought yellow(of course!) orange, blue and green.  The show was very inspiring, and I saw MANY cool hairstyles and color patterns on other stylists in attendance. Its always fun being around others like us, meeting new people and sharing ideas.  The two day trip was nonstop fun, perfect weather for subway riding, cab hailing,  or walking. We also ate amazing food every chance we could from Tao to Little Italy. It was a great time for the three of us and I cant wait to do it again !        Krissy

IBS NYC 2013


After months of anticipation, we were  finally on our way to the big city. On the train ride up it was like Christmas morning awaited us, we all talked about this trip for months and finally it had arrived. The New York hair show would give us celebrity sightings, outrageous hair styles, new products, fun looks but most importantly inspiration. As soon as you walked in tall escalators with draping signs set the stage; it was going to be a great show. Vendors pull out all the stops to grab your attention, some have loud music and djs at their booth others girls on stilts with crazy hair. You couldn’t help but stop and look around to take in all the sights and inspiration that surrounded you.


 IBS by Stephanie:

     Going to the New York hair show has always been one of my favorite trips. Before you even enter the show you are swept away by the fashion you see on the streets, graffiti on the buildings and the overwhelmingness that is NYC. Being a salon owner it has opened up parts of the show that I have overlooked in the past. This time my focus was on finding items to help build my business and enhance the salon. I sat for some time with a man who would look over my website as well as other social media to see where we needed help. To my delight and his dismay we scored a 113 points out of a possible 150 the highest score he said he has ever given…lol.. Still it was an eye opener to see where we could expand and grow. My favorite part of the show however had to be practically running into Dita Von Teese. I was on the phone with Lori and hung up without explaination to snap a shot. All I got was her turning around and walking the other direction away from me, but it was my first celeb spotting so I’ll take it!! ( pics posted below) After months of waiting I was able to purchase new scissors,a flat iron, blow dryer and makeup. I couldnt wait to get back and try out my new tools. At the hotel we dumped out our loot like it was Halloween to show off our bag of treats. New York was a great success, and I cant wait for the next hair show. I came away from this experience refreshed and revived ready to get back into the salon and try out all I learned.



Boudoir Weekend


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Summer 2012 Recap

It’s been an action-packed summer for all of us at the salon, which is why it’s been a while since our last post.  June allowed us to celebrate another amazing year at the salon, and it’s been another great year with a lot of growth.  In March of 2011 Lori and I decided to join the Ouidad family and it’s proven in be one of the best decisions we have made. When I first started doing hair I was introduced to Ouidad and I knew when I opened my own salon I wanted to be apart of something so great. Since we have started guests have traveled from a distance, booked vacations around us, all and all scouted us out to get their certified cut. It’s truly been a blessing and its feels great to be mutually apart of something so brilliant. Sharing the secret to beautiful naturally culry hair never gets old.  Its still a delight for us with each new client to show them just how much they can love their curls!

Also something exciting to share that happened this summer is I got to do a photo-shoot for Women’s First Magazine. It was my first time working a shoot for a national publication, and a terrific experience.  The shoot turned out to be a great birthday gift to myself and something I hope to do more and more.  The publication will be out in October and I will have pictures to follow.  It seems strange to sum up an entire summer in one paragraph. However the girls at the salon have been working and staying busy all summer at the salon with clients. It seemed this summer couldn’t be more eventful which leaves much anticipation for our upcoming “busy season” leading into the holidays.   Again we thank you all for your continued support and will be better with our updates!