Classic Couture salon brings sophistication to area

“From small beginnings come great things.”

Samantha Merriman, 26, cuts and styles Killdeer resident John Sunday’s hair. Merriman relocated from Springfield, Mo. to open Classic Couture in Killdeer where she specializes in cutting and styling hair and applying makeup. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)
Samantha Merriman, 26, cuts and styles Killdeer resident John Sunday’s hair. Merriman relocated from Springfield, Mo. to open Classic Couture in Killdeer where she specializes in cutting and styling hair and applying makeup. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 

“From small beginnings come great things.”

That’s the message hanging above the entrance to Classic Couture, Killdeer’s new hair salon, which marks the beginning of a new venture for Samantha Merriman.

A 26-year-old Springfield, Mo. native, Merriman said North Dakota is the first place she’s ever been where it’s been so cold outside. The cold, however, doesn’t detract from her new business endeavor.

As owner of the new salon, located at 77 Railroad Street, Merriman said having her own salon was kind of planned since her education at the Paul Mitchell Academy in Springfield.

“To graduate, you had to setup a (mock) salon,” Merriman said.

From that project – a requisite for graduation – Classic Couture was born.

The 100-year old building that the salon is nestled in actually serves double duty. Owned by her father, the building also houses Merriman on the main floor and her parents upstairs. It culminates for a home-based salon feel, but in an area zoned for commercial use.

The current time of rapid area development made for just the right time to bring the addition of an area salon.

“I know there is a big need for this up here,” she said.

There are no hair salons in the city, with exception of a barber and a part-time hair stylist at the Hilltop Home of Comfort. Opening her doors two weeks ago, word-of-mouth has spread and Merriman already had several clients.

Merriman said she wants to focus her cosmetology efforts on hair styling and applying makeup at the salon. One of her main concerns is people coming to get their hair done and just walking outside, raising their hood or wearing a hat. She combats that, however, by educating her clients as she styles their hair.

“I educate them as I do their hair – what you’re going to put in it, how to do (hair) at home,” she said. “A lot of the gals around here do work on ranches. But there are times, like on the weekends, when they go out or they go to church and they’ll want to fix it pretty, but most of the time it’s going to be natural. When you’re dealing with natural hair, you want to get it healthy first.

“What I’ve seen so far around here is really unhealthy hair. People have had no hairdresser so they box color and they box bleach.”

Merriman said her specialty is color correction – taking something that’s been destroyed and fixing it.

“I love it – it’s my favorite thing in the world,” she said of hair styling. “I think if you do something, you should be willing to do it for free and then you’ll love doing it as a job.

“I loved doing this ever since I was little. I had so many girl cousins and they would just come over and I’d do everybody’s hair.”

So, what brought the southerner from the sunny south to North Dakota? Love.

Merriman and her fiancé, Stephan Kershisnik, a lifelong Killdeer resident, became engaged after she relocated to the area from her hometown.

“I moved here for him,” she said.

Following graduation from the Paul Mitchell Academy, Merriman worked at a spa and salon in Springfield until relocating to Killdeer.

“This has been different because I have to stay stocked up,” she said. “I can’t just run up to the supply warehouse.’

Classic Couture will soon carry the Paul Mitchell line of hair care products, products that Merriman is very familiar working with. She said her goal is to meet as many people as she can and treat their hair.

“I get to be an artist in here,” she said. “I love … to create art on peoples’ heads that they then go out and live in.”

Prices for the salon range from $20 for a man’s cut, $30 for a woman’s cut, and color starting at $60.

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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