i am open & taking new clients
have been fully vaccinated since february
If you have not seen me before, I work alone in my little home shop which is in my converted garden shed. Because of the Delta variant and breakthrough infections I require clients to be vaccinated. It's not necessary to wear a mask, though you are welcome to wear one if you wish. I do my best to schedule appointments so there is no client overlap. I do not take walk-ins. Note: I do not wash hair so I request clients to arrive with clean, dry hair.
OUTDOOR HAIRCUTS ARE BACK FOR SPRING/SUMMER!
For clients who are immune compromised, I offer outdoor haircuts in my garden or yours, weather permitting. Cuts in your garden are $65/person. Phone me to discuss arrangements. Please note that I need warm temperatures to cut hair outdoors, as my fingers and hands don't function well in the chill. However, my little shop is a safe environment that does not have a waiting area for people to congregate while waiting to see me. Many days I'm able to throw open the double doors and big window, bringing the outdoors in!
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, both men and women's hair . . . and even kids!
I charge $45 for all cuts and accept payments with cash, check, or venmo; I'm sorry, I do not accept credit cards.
I do not wash or blow dry, use a curling iron, or do any chemical services such as perms or color treatments. You arrive with clean,
dry hair: no product, ponytail, or hair clips. Pack away your hair dryer! I will cut your hair to do what it does every day. You are welcome to bring in pictures, or trust me to create the best cut for your hair, face, and lifestyle.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to experience a wash and wear haircut in my serene work space. My business is by appointment only; I am not able to take walk-ins.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
phone me: 734-663-4247
(this is a landline which does NOT accept text messages)
email me: email@example.com
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, an 8′ finch aviary, rabbit cages, and lots of cats.
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!
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 heavenly metal story
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.
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.
my haircut cottage
I converted my garden/tool shed, nestled against a little goldfish pond in my garden, into the prettiest little haircutting shop. I call it my haircut cottage.
With lots of natural light and located on my quiet Old West Side street, my hair clients appreciate the change. In the nice weather months, you get to hang out in my garden, which I call my "summer room." 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.
Along with cutting hair, I am employed as a part-time bookseller at Literati Bookstore, in downtown Ann Arbor. I am an avid reader of literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
I create the reading lists for Literati Bookstore's blog, found on their website. Click here to see books Literati staff suggest you read. I have my own reading lists posted on this site: click here for my reading suggestions.
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 KVMR out of Nevada City, California, WWOZ from New Orleans, WNMC from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, or Radio Fip from Paris, tuning in to some of my favorite radio DJ's. I also 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. You can hear my show Sashay’s Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop Thursday nights from 8-9pm, The Friday Night Fishfry Friday nights from 8 - 10pm, and Just Folkin' Around Saturday mornings from 9 - 10am, at 88.3FM on your radio dial. Check out the station wherever you live: you can listen live at WCBN.ORG or add the app to your device. I live-stream from my home studio, the Home of Happy Feet Studios, until the University of Michigan allows us back into the WCBN radio studio.
sadly, my shop doggies lucy & willi are gone
My papillon Lucy was 18. My toy poodle Willi was 15. They were together until Spring and Summer, 2019.
meet charlie, my new doggie love
Charlie is a papillon/sheltie mix and is my new gem of a dog, dopted at age five on Valentine's Day 2021. He's full of love and energy and he can't wait to meet you!