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“A Mullet from Hell”: Baltimore Stylist Resurrects Ancient Styles

Photos of ancient hairstyles by Janet Stephens via the Wall Street Journal
Photos of ancient hairstyles by Janet Stephens via the Wall Street Journal

File this under awesome-jobs-you-never-heard-of-until-today:  Janet Stephens is a hairdo archaeologist.

More than 10 years ago, Stephens (currently a stylist at Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa in the Inner Harbor) was admiring some Roman sculptures in the Walters Art Museum when the idea occurred to her:  she should try to recreate some of the coolest Roman hairstyles (coiled, braided buns) on 21st-century heads. Scholars have long insisted that the Romans used wigs to create the elaborate hairstyles they fancied, but Stephens found that with a little research and ingenuity, she was able to recreate the style herself.

Baltimore’s Hottest Stylists Go to the Big Apple


K Co Design Salon and Day Spa in Baltimore

At long last, Baltimore hair is getting recognition for something other than the Beehive. Surely we haven’t seen the last of the Hons, but there are two hair stylists bringing updated versions of Baltimore to New York this week.

At New York’s Fashion Week, Jimie Machiniak and Kenneth Saenz, stylists at K Co Design Salon and Day Spa, will showcase their skills on the runway for designers such as The Row, Theory, Jill Stuart, Monique Lhuillie and Libertine. The application process was extremely rigorous, and Saenz and Machiniak are the only two stylists from the northeast to be selected for this honor. Looks like they’ll be representing our little state with a big splash on the catwalk.

A Tale of Two Haircuts


Baltimore writer Elisabeth Dahl combs the files of hairstyles past to discover, among other sweeping truths, that “good flow” is genetic.

The other day, I took my 12-year-old son, Jackson, for a haircut at a Hampden salon he’d never been to before. He got what he’s been getting for a while now — a longish cut, a variation on the shag. In celebrity terms, you might say it’s a modified Bieber.

The Bieber (which Bieber himself has since abandoned) is most easily identified by long, sideswept bangs — the eye-grazing fringe that set a billion tween hearts aflutter. Jackson’s classmates — many of whom sport a Bieber variant but would rather soak a paper cut in vinegar than admit even a remote likeness to the Bieb — call this sideswept quality flow. Some guys have good flow. Others don’t.

Couple Love: Changing the Locks


When edgy Chop Shop stylist Shannon Bailey-Puller—she snips like a sculptor, and has studied with scissor wizard Nick Arrojo—met her husband Bill 10 years ago, he was starting barber school, and she wanted out of a marketing job. They bonded over hair chat—quickly, Shannon decided to go to cosmetology school, and move in with Bill.

At night, the two would trade details from their day’s hair lessons—all very romantic, until they decided to sit down in their kitchen and trade homemade cuts.

“Bill got so pissed because I wasn’t doing it the way he wanted; he shaved it off,” Shannon says. “When I asked him to do my highlights and color, because he wanted to learn, [he acknowledged] it’s hard. He realized he didn’t want to do women’s hair, and I didn’t want to do clipper cuts on a man!”

The cutters’ story gets cuter: Today, Shannon, 35, styles and colors at Chop Shop in Lauraville, while Bill trims men’s hair directly downstairs in his basement storefront, Blue Spark, named for a song by the punk band X. (His long-standing clientele consists of affluent business men, edgy rockers, and blue-collar guys.)

“Any guy can come, and Bill makes men look better,” Shannon says. “Bill’s personality is laidback and easy to talk to. He can talk your head off. He can debate you, too.”

Shannon says both she and Bill have strong people skills, equal to their skill with hair.

“Reading somebody verbally and reading their physical body language, it’s all part of the [haircutting] experience,” she says. “You have to ask the right questions. I always ask, ‘What do you do for a living? Do you wash and go? Do you spend time with your hair?’ You don’t want to give a high-maintenance cut to a person who doesn’t want to be high-maintenance stylist.”

Though the two remain enthusiastic about their careers, they try not to linger on shoptalk at home. Now and again, though, during the workday, Shannon does pop downstairs to say hello and survey her husband’s handy work.

“Bill is a master clipper cutter, and I’ll go sit and watch him work just because I still like to watch what he does, because he has a different skill than I do,” she says.

The next big step in coupledom for the two could be a joint shop for men’s and women’s hair, but if they decide to make this leap, Shannon votes for another upstairs/downstairs arrangement.

“I love my husband to death but if I had to work beside him I think I’d kill him!”

Chop Shop 4321 Harford Road (410) 426-2300
Blue Spark 4321 Harford Road (410) 444-1110