Photo by Becca Sabot
On Haley: Helmut Lang blazer (from T.J. Maxx!), Rails plaid shirt, Forever 21 jeans, Free People ankle boots, Cutler and Gross eyeglasses
When styles resurface, you can almost hear the collective sigh. If only we had kept those Dr. Martens and ripped jeans that are “in” again. If only our closets were more like that of salon owner Ashley Haley, voted “Best Clothes and Hair” by Mitchell Senior High School, class of 2001.
Haley misses the flannels and high-waisted Girbauds she wore as a teen in Mitchell, South Dakota, but she’s held on to many things, including her mom’s “amazing collection of pieces from the ’80s.” The stylist, who cut her teeth at the Aveda Institute at 20 years old and stayed in Minneapolis, which proved to be the ideal town for expressing her punk-retro-boho style, admits, “I was basically a younger version of the way I dress now.”
Aside from hipping up her BANGbang Salon clients’ locks with fresh trends and ideas (she’s regularly in New York City to style at Fashion Week and attend Bumble and bumble workshops), appointments are made more fun by seeing Haley’s latest creative outfit in the mirror.
“Fashion has always been a way to set myself apart and express myself,” says the blonde, who often wears geek-chic glasses and snips away with her sleeves rolled up to reveal a smattering of tattoos.
When asked about a style icon, Haley doesn’t hesitate. “Blondie. The whole band. I love androgynous dress—the jeans, boots, blazer, and undone hair look.” Which is so very then. And now.
BANGbang Salon, 11 W. 38th St., Mpls., 612-823-2264, bangbangmpls.com
Tea Tree Oil from Whole Foods | “I use it as an antibiotic oil for blemishes and cuts. Plus, I like the smell.”
Meow Meow Tweet | “Best deodorant cream ever.”
Ormedic Lip Complex | “Great for dry lips during our MN winters.”
Arabian Oil from Whole Foods | “I use this for my perfume.”
Smith & Cult Nail Color | “Fun colors and minimal chemicals!”
R+Co One Prep Spray | “This hair refresher and detangler is great for the person who doesn’t want to wash every day.”
R+Co Park Ave Blow Out Balm | “Use as a protector before a blowout; it adds shine and smoothness.”
Tarte Lip Tint from Sephora | “My favorite in several shades, just as long as it is matte!”
KIND bar | “Perfect on-the-go snack that tricks you into thinking you’re eating candy bar.”
Rifle Paper Co. Notebook from Paper Source | “I often have several on me. I like to journal and write down ideas before they slip away.”
Reusable Shopping Bag | “I was always forgetting, so now I just stick this rolled up one in my purse!”