Hair By Louise
By YP Contributor

A Natural-Born Hairstylist

Louise Cugun knew she was destined to be a hairstylist. “I got into beauty culture through high school, thinking I would do makeup. But I ended up doing hair,” she says. Louise went to a hairstyling competition to watch beauty school students and told one of the teachers she would like to try her hand at it. She entered the competition and placed third, despite never having done it before. It was a great moment to discover her natural talent.

After working in several salons since the 1970s, Louise opened Hair By Louise in 1991 with her husband's encouragement. Located in the Forest Lawn neighbourhood of St. Albert, Louise looks forward to every day that she spends at her salon. “I love doing hair, she says. “I don’t call this work – I call it playing.”

I don’t call this work – I call it playing. - Louise Cugun, owner
Hair by Louise: Haircuts, colouring, wash and blow-dry, Brands include Paul Mitchell and Wella hair products
Louise Cugun, owner, provides haircuts and styles for the whole family.

A St. Albert Hairstylist Who Listens

Louise feels that her ability to listen to what her clients want and make sure they're satisfied helps set her apart from the competition. “When it comes to cutting and styling, I don’t just do what I want – I listen to the customer and try to make them happy.” With her years of experience, Louise feels like she can tackle a variety of styles. More importantly, though, she tries to personalize the experience and make it enjoyable for everyone involved.

Whatever the latest styles are, Louise says there really isn’t anything that surprises her anymore. “The latest trends are the ones I’ve done already. Everything always comes back in a circle. You’re sort of doing the same thing, but it’s a little bit different in how it comes out.”

Hair by Louise: Haircuts, colouring, wash and blow-dry, Brands include Paul Mitchell and Wella hair products

Hair Cuts for the Whole Family

Customers at Hair by Louise aren't just women. Louise works with women and men of all ages. She occasionally has whole families come into her store for haircuts, one after another. Kids especially love when she cuts their hair because she treats them like any other customer. “I talk to the kids,” Louise says. “I don’t just talk to the parents. I ask the kids what they did today and what grade they're in.” One of her customers told her she was like a grandma to their kids, which was a proud moment for her.

Louise is also active in her community. She serves as a kind of welcoming representative for newcomers to St. Albert, whether they need a haircut or want to discover the best the city has to offer.

Hair by Louise: Haircuts, colouring, wash and blow-dry, Brands include Paul Mitchell and Wella hair products
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