Stylist Spotlight

2017 MODERN SALON 100: Alison Valsamis @braidedandblonde

by Jamie Newman | August 3, 2017

Alison Valsamis is a ray of light in the beauty-Instagram world. Her compliments, motivational comments and overall positivity she spreads over our feeds are day-makers for the MODERN editors with almost every picture we share. She first caught our eyes with her blonde color chart, and we've been hooked on her and her work ever since.

Alison Valsamis
Location: Trumbull, CT
Salon: Jo Davi Salon, Trumbull, CT
Best known for: Blonding and corrective color

Age: 35

Most viral post: I made a blonde chart showing different blonde tones; it was saved more than 2,000 times and made over 100k impressions

Favorite Apps: Instagram, VSCO

Favorite hashtags: #modernsalon, #hairdressermagic, #hairmakeover, #bleachblonde, #fiidnt, and my local tags #cthair and #ctbalayage have helped fill my chair with many new clients.

Who I’m following: @modernsalon, @mastersofbalayage, @beyondtheponytail, @mastersofbraids, @presleypoe (I totally stalk her life), @mustafaavci (I get lost for hours).

Tips for posts: The caption is a great place to make people engage in your post. Ask a question, offer two choices, basically use it as a call to action so people are compelled to comment and engage with you.

Favorite professional beauty products: J Beverly Hills Take Shape Hairspray and Dry Clean Dry Shampoo. For color my blondes depend on my J Beverly Hills color and Brazilian Bond Builder.

How social changed my life: First and foremost, the community. The relationships I have made with some of the most talented and inspiring artists in the world is invaluable. Secondly, it has empowered me to feel completely in control of my business. I can connect with the types of clients I want and do the kind of hair I love.  It’s provided me with an outlet that has me more passionate and inspired than ever.



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Valsamis used GL Tapes from Great Lengths to give this braid depth and thickness.


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