Stylist Spotlight: Somboun June
Owner & Stylist at Grace Hill Salon
Somboun June is the owner, founder and lead stylist at Grace Hill Salon; a luxury boutique hair and makeup salon, located in the heart of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Working with Somboun at Grace Hill are some of the most talented and passionate stylists and makeup artists in the city. The salon specializes in Blonde Colour Techniques, Great Lengths Extension, and they even take the show on the road to do mobile weddings. These are just some of the specialty services that keep Somboun and her team very busy!
How long have you been working with Great Lengths and what was your inspiration to join the Great Lengths network?
I’ve been working with Great Lengths for about a year now and I love them. They are by far the best hair extensions I’ve ever used. I took a class in Dallas with celebrity stylists, Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri; when they showed us their hair extensions (Great Lengths), I knew I had to take the course. The quality of the hair was amazing and there was no way you could tell they were wearing extensions.
What do you love about Great Lengths?
Great Lengths is a great company, with great quality products! The extensions look so natural in the hair, and I love that, and so do our clients. I also love the service they provide. Nirmala from Toronto is great to work with!
How do you advertise your Great Lengths services?
Word of mouth is our best advertising, but other than that, our main source of advertising is through our Instagram account.
What advice do you offer newly certified stylists to best take advantage of their Great Lengths skillset?
Encourage your clients to get just one bundle (25 strands) of Great Lengths and see what happens. It will give them 10% more volume and they will fall in love!
What are your biggest Great Lengths do’s and don’ts?
I love getting clients to go lighter with Great Lengths. DO: go lighter with extensions, rather than lightening your natural hair. DON’T: Go too long if your hair is really short.
What are the biggest challenges in owning a salon? How do you work to overcome those challenges?
My biggest challenge is continuing to be on top of the current trends. Our world is moving at such a fast pace and we need to know about so many new techniques. To stay on top of trends I take classes for those things that I really want to learn. With the trends I’m not that in to, I try to stay open minded. I will study those trends but won’t invest too much time in something my clientele wouldn’t want.
What, in your opinion, is the biggest hair trend right now?
I honestly think Blonde is here to stay for a long time! I truly believe everyone should be blonde at least once in their lifetime.
What hair trend do you think we will see a lot of over the coming months?
I think the wet look is going to be the 2018 trend. Glossy lips, dewy skin, glossy eyes and wet hair, you’ll see!
Do you have a style icon, or a hair hero?
I love Tracey Cunningham, Nikki Lee, Riawna Capri, Morgan Parks, Tauni from Nine Zero One. I also love Jen Atkin and Justin Anderson.
If you could pick a celebrity, a public figure or anyone at all, whose hair would you love to work on?
I would love to work on Jennifer Lopez. I love her hair!
What or who do you look to for inspiration?
I love all the stylists I listed above. I look to them for inspiration! Instagram accounts like, Behind the Chair, are also great for inspiration. I’m always on the lookout for something that catches my eye.
What personality traits do you feel are most beneficial to your success?
Honesty! I’m very honest with my clients, and I think they really appreciate that.
How do you maintain a work-life balance?
This is a hard one! I’ll eat pizza for breakfast if I have to. Honestly, I don’t really have an answer to this. I work hard and I play hard. I split my weekends between friends and family, and I make sure I never feel bad for taking a trip because I work hard to take those trips.
What is your favourite thing about being a stylist?
I love being creative and making people feel good.
Do you have a favourite mantra, a quote or a saying you like to keep in mind?
Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel, good energy is contagious.
What are your goals and aspirations moving forward?
My goal for 2018 is to grow my business and really take it to the next level. I’d like to focus more on management. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!