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Artist Profile: Deanna Bean

Extensions by Deanna, Neil Boudreaux Salon


Artist Profile: Deanna Bean

Deanna Bean

Photo © Deanna Bean

Deanna and I met through mutual friends at, of all places, a biker rally. As hair stylists and Harley Davidson enthusiasts, we had a lot in common but it wasn't until I befriended Deanna Bean on Facebook that I started to get a glimpse into just how unique Deanna is, especially as a hairstylist in a small mid-west city in the heart of Iowa. I'm thrilled to introduce my readers to this dynamic hairstylist.

Education & Training
Deanna Bean graduated in 2000 from Capri College of Cosmetology in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then she trained in Jacques Dessange french cutting technique, received color certifications from both Aveda and Redken, attended advanced color training with Ian Michael Black, completed the requirements for certification in Great Lengths USA hair extensions, attended advanced cutting and coloring classes with Antoinette Benders, Aveda, Tracey Hughes, and Philip Wilson.

What kind of work do you do and/or specialize in?
Jacques Dessange technique of cutting, bayalage color techniques, multi-dimensional color, multicultural relaxers and permanent straighteners, keratin treatments, and facial waxing.

What makes you unique in the field of cosmetology?
I have trained in many different techniques of multicultural hair from relaxers for African American hair to Caucasian/European textures. I'm an expert in hair extensions from curly to strait, whether they are weave techniques or strand-by-strand methods of hair extensions. My training is extensive and not at all limited to one cultural clientele.

Why did you decide to become a cosmetologist?
Being a cosmetologist has always been in my blood. My father was a cosmetologist for over 25 years. I grew up in the salon sweeping up hair, cleaning his color bowls, washing perm rods, and answering the phone. As far as I can remember there was no question. I knew I would be a hair stylist. I cut and colored my own hair as well as my friends' hair in high school. I was always called when updos were needed for dances by friends and family.

Did you work in any other field before doing hair?
I was actually a dental technician. I made molds from dental impressions for crowns, dentures, and partials. I was trained in metal work and ceramics.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Hair extensions. I love that I am able to give someone the hair of their dreams in a matter of hours. It's an amazing feeling. You get to know people very well while they are in your chair for the four to six hours required for a hair extension service. The smiles of excitement, and sometimes the tears of joy, is a journey for my guest as well as myself. When I get cards saying that I have truly "changed their life" with a new stride of confidence, they feel like a new women. There is really no better feeling. I have saved each and every card and letter over the years.

What have been your biggest achievements to date?
By far the biggest honor I've received to date is being nominated in the Top 9 in the Great Lengths USA Challenge 2012. The competition started with 160 entries from all over the nation. I made it through to the semi-finals (top 9).

You can check out Deanna's entry the 2012 Great Lengths Challenge. See contest FAQ's.

What are your must-have hair products?
I love Unite 7Seconds Condition Leave-in-Detangler its a great cutting tool, UV and thermal protectant, it locks in color, and it's great for every hair type. Another favorite is Unite GO365 3-in-1 Spray. It's three hair sprays in one bottle, and it's genius! The Boosta Spray from Unite is also a must have on my list. It's a weightless volume spray that gives great texture without feeling sticky. Especially amazing for fine hair clients, but Boosta is great for any hair type. I highly recommend Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo to extend your blow-out and instantly refresh hair between washings. It's talc-free and formulated to gently absorb excess oils, product build-up and impurities in your hair.

What kind of salon environment do you work in?
I have worked in a small salon and spa in the downtown district, a high end 16 chair salon on the river front, and now in "loft" like salon called Neil Boudreaux Salon. My previous salon experineces neer felt like "home" until now. We are a tight knit family who have worked together for 5 years. They are by far he best team of extremely talented stylist I have ever worked with. They give me the push to improve my techniques as well as sharing new ones all the time. We have had the best of times and I am truly proud of them each and every day.

Share your best professional hair styling or maintenance tips.
There is really no need to wash your hair daily. Daily washing strips your hair of natural oils leaving your hair less manageable and cause it to become dry, brittle, and limp. By washing your hair every day, you removing the sebum, which is your scalp's natural oil. The oil glands then over compensate by producing more oil, and cause more problems with your hair's condition. I recommend using a dry shampoo in between washings. Dry shampoo will help absorb excess oil from the day or sweat from going to the gym. Every girl should have Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo in her cabinet or gym bag. It's my favorite and worth every penny.

What kind of advice do you have for other stylists or aspiring artists?
Doing hair is, by far, the most rewarding job you will ever have. It is also very hard on the body. As hair stylists, we do more then just cut, color and style hair. We are a confidante, therapist, and a lot of times that one person our guests can lean on with no judgements. It's about a connection with people. If you're not a people person, this is not the career for you. The possibilities are limitless in our world. You can work in the salon, perform on stage, design hair for fashion shoots, runways or be a salon owner. There are so many opportunities, but you have to have the drive and persistence to become whatever you want. Never give up on yourself; never stop learning; never think you know it all. Always remember to be creative, stay inspired, and set yourself apart from the rest.

Final thoughts from Deanna
I'm just a laid back 30-something year old mother of two boys, ages 15 and 8, who always keep my on my toes. I'm the mom on the sidelines yelling "lets Go Green" for baseball or basketball. I enjoy riding my Harley on the open road and meeting new people. I love our beloved Iowa Hawkeyes football team, proudly wearing our black and gold all year long. I'm a California girl who who moved to Iowa when I was a teenager, and fell in love with her high school sweetheart. I'm blessed to have two beautiful boys, I sincerely enjoy life to the fullest, and I get paid to rock out some amazing hair each and every day. Who could really ask for more? Life is good... well actually, life is GREAT!

Deanna Bean's Contact Information
Deanna's Web Site: www.ExtensionsByDeanna.com
Deanna's Facebook Fan Page: www.Facebook.com/GreatLengthEextensionsbyDeannaBean

Neil Boudreaux Salon Phone Number: (319) 363-3823
Neil Boudreaux Salon Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/neilBoudreauxSalon

If you're in Eastern Iowa and would like to schedule a hair appointment with Deanna: call (319) 363-3823 at Neil Boudreaux Salon, 700 16th Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Want to see more of Deanna's work? Check out this photo gallery portfolio here.

Do you know a hairstylist, like Deanna, that is unique in the field of beauty? Tell me about them.

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