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Napoleon Blonde Hair Studio is a member of the Professional Beauty Association and the National Salon Association. Our team has participated in the North American Hairdressing Awards annually since 2004. Members of our permanent team have been educators for Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, Wella Academies and Cosmoton Academy. Everyone on our core team participates in ongoing monthly trainings to keep the salon styles and ideas up to date and current with the modern trends in fashion, hair, music and art. All of our stylists have opportunities to participate in fundraising events for the community, fashion shows or photo shoots, in salon guest education parties and manufacturer/distributor shows.

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Our Story

When we first started looking for a salon home of our own we were imagining a 10-20 chair location. We had names picked out like Edgebox, The  Color Cathedral, The League of Extrordinary Designers and Cosmoton.

The day that our friend took us out to see what would become our first salon, Laura was finishing Napoleon and Josephine a Love Story.  As we walked up to the door of the shop we were thinking..."which name makes the most sense for this location" and " how will this location be perceived by our guests if we use x,y or z name".  As we stepped into the door we both looked around and contemplated our future.  After a moment or two Laura and I met up in the middle of the little 6 chair salon and we just kinda looked at each other.  When laura finally broke the contemplative silence she said "it's kinda little...like Napoleon". We both laughed and said we would think about it. On the way home we discussed all of the names, branding ideas and pitfalls of our prepare plans and in the end we decided that Napoleon would be a great name for our "micro salon with an imperial heart".  We opened our d.b.a. as "Napoleon Color Bar and Lather Lounge" the micro salon with an imperial heart!

We probably shouldn't have had "bar" in the title because we had more hits for the bar than we had for our hair services so that's a LOT of hits. When we moved to Santa Barbara we kept the name Napoleon and payed homage to the salon we worked at previously named Tokyo Blonde.  At our new location on upper state street we opened under the name "Napoleon Blonde" tag line "Color Cut Treat Conquer" and Napoleon took off and became more than we had ever expected with a life and character of its own.  Somewhat independent of us but still infused with our character and personalities.

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Our Philosophy

Napoleon Blonde is a micro salon with an imperial heart. We believe in an uncompromising commitment to quality and experience which has led us to an almost 100% referral based business.  We treat every guest as if they were visiting us in our home.  We strive for southern hospitality and consistent service experiences for every guest, everytime.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Fearless Leader, Namesake and Inspirational Mentor

In 1804 when he was crowned Emperor of France he did not allow the pope to place the crown on his head, but instead crowned himself.  He is quoted as saying "If you want a thing done well, do it yourself."  He also led his team successfully because he believed that a leader is a dealer in hope.

Laura Funkhouser

Colorist and Color Correction Specialist

In 2012 Laura became a Board Certified Master Colorist.

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Michael Funkhouser

Cutting Specialist

In 2014 Michael and Betty White became good friends.

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Napoleon Blonde is divided into specialists.  Please make your reservation based on the service that most concerns you.  This is important as we are often called upon to correct discoveries for new guests.