When you have a client that will drive 102.4 kilometers in bad weather for your service, you know you are good. Ellen, Master Stylist and owner of elleng Hair Design Inc. in Pickering Village Ajax, has such a client. In fact, Ellen has a client who has moved to San Francisco. When visiting Toronto, this client will still make it a point to have her hair done by Ellen at elleng. When you are that good, they call you Master – a Master Stylist that is!
Born in Germany, Ellen was very sports minded as a child right through to her adult life. Her mother was trained as a hairdresser but did not practice the trade. As Ellen’s love of soccer grew, so did the soccer price tag. Ellen’s mother secured her a position at a local salon. Than one fine morning, Ellen was dropped off at the shop and left to work to earn her soccer money. The boss was hard but fair, however Ellen hated it: at first. Within a year, Ellen was in love with the trade and she never looked back. She spent the next ten years learning and honing her skills.
Ellen’s talent did not go unrecognized. A photographer for hairstyling shows and commercials saw Ellen’s work and hired her to style his models’ hair prior to a shoot. The only glitch was Ellen needed to speak English. Sixteen years ago, Ellen arrived in Canada for a six-month stay with her sister. She was to attend George Brown College and to learn English. Ellen laughes that when she landed in Toronto it was in the winter and she could not wait to go back to Germany and get out of the bitter windchill. When the time arrived that she was to leave, it was summer. It is amazing how we forget about the snowing and blowing when you are basking in the warmth of the Southern Ontario sun. Six months quickly became a year and a year quickly turned into Ellen staying in Canada permanently.
As Ellen finished her courses at George Brown, she picked up a part-time job at Jason Michael’s salon in Mississauga to ease herself back into her trade. When she graduated, Ellen accepted a full-time position with Allan Parss’ Salon at Sherway Gardens. Ellen made the jump to Pickering when she was hired as an instructor for the new stylists at Natural Solutions in the Pickering Town Centre. It was not long before Ellen became the manager of this location. When it came time for Ellen to branch out on her own, she specifically chose her currently location in Pickering Village, Ajax, because it reminded her so much of her old town in Germany.
Situated in a lovely heritage building in the Village, elleng is bright, open and fresh. The perfect blend of old-world meets modern. There are three stylists and one assistant working at elleng offering all of the services necessary to keep your tresses healthy:
- Colour, cut, wash, blow-dry
- Colour correction
- Extensions, bonds and tape-ins
- Treatments like perms or relaxants
- Wig washes
- Bridal packages
Tape-ins is the newest form of bonds. Like a bond, they are secured at the scalp but they do not require knots nor are they visible when the hair is worn up or pulled back. A tape strip, about three quarters of an inch long, firmly secures the hair at the scalp. The process takes only an hour to complete a full head of hair whereas bonds may take up to three hours. The result is a thick, natural look that acts just like your real hair. Once completed, tape-ins will last eight to nine weeks with proper treatment. elleng supplies a package of special shampoo, conditioner and styling aids to keep you new coif looking healthy. The most incredible thing about tape-ins is that, once you buy the hair, it is yours to keep. It is reusable!
elleng completes your look by offering eyebrow and facial waxing, eyelash extensions and facial makeup application. As Ellen is the owner of her salon, she is not restricted to set working hours so she will arrive early, stay late and even work on Thanks Giving for the bridal party that needs that special look for the big day. Ellen thinks of her clients as friends. She and her staff like to build relationships with them as is evident by the lady who drives in from Burlington or the other lady who will drop by when in Canada from the States. Ellen expresses “We definitely care about our clients. We care who they are, where they came from and what they are doing now. We form a relationship with our clients that lasts years.” This speaks volumes of someone who loves what she does!
Contact elleng Hair Design
103-A Old Kingston Road
Ajax, ON LIT 3A6