Q. What summer staples for hair are recommended?

A. Suggested summer staples from stylists at The Buzz on Main include Pureology’s Hydrate shampoo and conditioner, which leave hair feeling luxurious even during the more humid days. To achieve the beachy wave that’s trending for summer, they suggest Alterna’s Summer Ocean Waves texture spray, which adds extra body and texture for a luscious yet carefree look—perfect for the beach or running errands.

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By Katie TerBeest

When you step into The Buzz on Main, located in historic downtown La Crosse, the luminous, spacious layout of the salon almost guarantees your experience will be personal and relaxing. Owned by Paula Mashak and Tammy Isensee, The Buzz recently welcomed three new stylists to their business, joining existing stylist Stacie Kohler.

McKenzie Ellickson, Tory Rosenkranz and Amy Halverson, with an average of 10 years in the industry and a recognizable passion for their trades, have a shared excitement about joining The Buzz. Within the salon, each stylist runs her own individual business, which is a natural progression for stylists with years of experience in the salon and spa industries. As Halverson explains, “We were all able to take on this new adventure, essentially owning a small business within a business.”

The flexibility of owning their businesses not only allows them the freedom to create their own schedules, but also ensures they have the ability to obtain extensive additional education within the industry. They’ve attended educational events in cities like New York, Las Vegas and Chicago, bringing the newest techniques and trends back to the Coulee Region.

This dedication to their trade, in combination with the ambiance of The Buzz, translates to a remarkable client experience. Rosenkranz says, “Because of the open space, we’re able to have more intimate conversations with our clients. It’s not too loud or overcrowded, and clients are able to relax while they are getting their hair done.” Halverson mentions, “It’s not just a quick cut; we do scalp massages with every shampoo.” Ellickson adds that the environment is refreshing and peaceful.

The stylists also strive to ensure that clients will be able to recreate their salon looks at home, offering a wide selection of products for sale at the salon, including popular brands Pureology and Alterna.

With convenient access via an off-street parking lot kitty-corner to the building, the stylists encourage everyone to stop by and check out The Buzz on Main at 444 Main St., Suite 102, in La Crosse.