The Balayage Bae

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Anne Sweeney

Licensed Hair Stylist

Certified Extension Specialist

Balayage & Color Specialist

 

Hair styling, for me, has never been about building a lucrative career. It has always been about using the skills I have to encourage and empower my clients.  Your hair appointment is more than just a monthly maintenance trip, it is a time of self care. It is a time for you to let someone else take care of you, even if its just for an hour.  I truly cherish the connections I make with each one of my clients and always do my best to make sure they leave my chair feeling confident, relaxed and happier than when they came in.  

I began my journey to a career in hair styling at the age of 19. I had realized that college was not for me and decided to attend beauty school. I graduated from the Bella Institute School of cosmetology in 2012 and got licensed in Oregon in 2013. Shortly after getting my license, I moved to Bozeman, MT. I spent a year there working at a beauty supply store, learning what I could from the local stylists there. During my time in Montana, my boyfriend and I found out we were having a baby and decided it be best to move back to our hometown, Portland. I had my son, Milo, in March of 2015 and landed my first stylist position here in Portland at the same time. I began working in May 2015 at The Burrow Salon located in NE Portland. After a year there, myself and another stylist left to open our own studio. We opened Under The Moon Beauty Studio in 2016. While I found it to be an exciting and fruitful venture, my business partner felt differently. I left Under The Moon in November 2016 and began working as an independent contractor at MODA Studios, which has now become my forever home for hairdressing.

The first three months of my job at The Burrow Salon was an apprenticeship which helped me fine tune my cutting and coloring skills. This is also where I was taught how to balayage and paint which over time has become my specialty. I also was able to continue my education with color classes from Goldwell and product knowledge classes from Bumble & bumble. 

After becoming an independent contractor, I enrolled myself in an online hair extensions course through Glam Seamless Extensions. After I completed the course, I received my certification and was added to the directory of certified Glam Seamless extension specialists.

When I am not in the salon, my time is spent at home with my long term boyfriend, Logan and our son, Milo. I feel blessed to have a career that allows me to spend so much time with my family and also extremely lucky to have such a supportive family beside me. Logan and I are Portland natives, who both grew up in the Sellwood neighborhood. We have a passion for the outdoors, good beer and love spending time with our family.  In my "'me time", I enjoy running, practicing yoga & meditation, and taking care of my garden.