what's a wash & wear haircut?
It's a common-sense method of haircutting: I cut your hair to do what it does inherently. Curly hair? Bring it on! Straight, fine hair? Not a problem. I cut all lengths of hair and all hair types. I cut both men and women's hair.
I do not wash or blow dry, use a curling iron or give perms or color treatments — you can pack away your hair dryer! You come in with clean, dry hair and no product or ponytail/hairclips.
You are welcome to bring in pictures — or trust me to create the best cut for your hair, face, and lifestyle.
the vicki's wash & wear haircuts story
I began cutting hair professionally in Ann Arbor in 1980. The first five years were inside Saguaro Plants, a wonderful downtown plant store that had two haircut booths hidden amongst the plants and an 8′ finch aviary.
When Saguaro closed its doors in 1985, I opened Vicki’s Wash & Wear Haircuts in a little space on E. Ann St. My haircut shop also shared space with the Ann Arbor Film Festival where I was the Festival Director for 15 years. After wrapping up the 2002 40th Ann Arbor Film Festival season, I handed over the reins so a new generation could steer the ship. With time and space on my hands, I began filling the empty space and walls where the festival office had been with hand-crafted items to sell.
My home and hair cutting shop have always been decorated with wonderful hand-crafted items acquired from art fairs, artist friends, and galleries. People would ask where I found such great stuff, inspiring an urge I’d always had to create a store with unique hand-crafted items and artworks. That's when Heavenly Metal was born!
the heavenly metal story
My very first wholesale order was with Kathryn Arnett, one of the original mixed media artists working with recycled metal. This order, along with some local jewelry, inspired the name Heavenly Metal.
As my sources expanded I offered a wider range of goods made from other materials and fabrics, including jewelry, apparel, footwear, purses, accessories, and ceramics, and recycled wood art.
A curator at heart, Heavenly Metal became known for the work I found. A designer as well, the store became my outlet to design
and create clever merchandising. The store was appreciated for how it looked and felt as much as for the handmade gifts not found elsewhere in Ann Arbor.
The two businesses — haircutting shop and store — blended in quite well. Clients loved being able to walk out with a fresh haircut, a new pair of earrings, an entire outfit, or a perfect gift. Shoppers loved watching me cut hair. It was a win-win!
In 2016 I moved around the corner into a much larger storefront on 4th Ave. I made it a larger version of the small E. Ann St. spot.
Close to three years later, major changes in the retail industry had shifted from brick and mortar to online shopping. I felt it was time to close my store and move on to a new chapter.
my haircutting space
Though closing Heavenly Metal was bittersweet, it gave me an opportunity to put my creative thinking cap on yet again. I came up with a perfect way to continue cutting hair in a pleasant environment.
I converted my garden/tool shed, nestled against a little goldfish pond in my garden, into the prettiest little haircutting shop.
With lots of natural light and located on my quiet Old West Side street, my hair clients are appreciating the change. Plus I'm no longer wearing two hats. My home is one block west of the Y, with plenty of parking and easy to find.
I'm building my business! Please contact me if you'd like to experience a wash and wear haircut in my serene work space.
I charge $45 for all cuts. You can pay with cash, check, or venmo.
what's the story behind the music i play?
Music is one of the things that rocks my world. Guaranteed, you’ll hear great music getting your hair cut. I often log onto archive
pages of KVMR.ORG out of Nevada City, California to tune in to some of my favorite radio DJ's. Or I open Spotify for us to listen
to the playlists I’ve made.
In my spare time I’m a volunteer DJ at our local community/student radio station, WCBN 88.3 FM. You can hear my show
Sashay’s Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop on Thursdays, 8-9pm and The Friday Night Fishfry on Fridays, 8-10pm. Check out the station wherever you live: you can listen live at WCBN.ORG or add the app to your device.
sadly, my shop doggies are gone
My papillon Lucy was 18. My toy poodle Willi was 15. They were together until Spring and Summer, 2019.