Janelle Alexis Flatt can barely remember a time when she wasn’t intricately involved in salon life. The daughter of a salon owner, she kept herself busy sweeping up hair, answering the phone, booking appointments, and chatting with salon guests, almost from the first moment she could reach the front desk. She loved spending time in the place women came to feel better about themselves and to connect and unwind. A place where, when your beauty treatment was complete, you wanted to hang around and just be part of the vibe.
“I saw my mom work other jobs where she had no passion for the work,” Janelle said. “Then I watched her make a life for herself and her kids. Going through cosmetology school was one of the best decisions she could make to begin her journey to becoming an independent woman.” Who could have known how it would shape Janelle’s life too?
Janelle spent her 20s managing salons for other people and working in the promotional modeling industry. “In the modeling industry, we learned to do our hair and makeup ourselves. If someone else did it, it was too expensive,” she said.
By the time she enrolled in cosmetology school, Janelle honestly could have taught some of her instructors. “Everything I was learning made sense to me because it had been a part of my life for so long.” Janelle has worked as an instructor for renowned color, balayage, keratin treatments, and hair extension companies throughout her career. And for 13 years she has traveled internationally, educating others in the things she’s mastered. Now the pandemic is ending, she’s looking forward to getting back to the classroom.
Serving and Mentoring
Today, Janelle’s mission is two-fold — to provide her clients with A-list salon services from cut and color to make-up, hair extensions, straightening, and most anything else they request and to mentor younger stylists coming up in the industry she loves. Get her talking about her team, and her pride is evident. “People drive from all over the state and even fly in from other states to come to Janelle Alexis Salon, and I can’t take all the credit for that,” she said. “My team is second to none.”
“Dominic is a balayage master,” Janelle said. “He trained with Jacques Dessange and worked on various celebrities in New York salons before coming to us. Color is not the only thing he’s amazing at. You should experience his blow-dries.” Rhonda has more than 30 years and can do it all. She’s hair extension, Brazilian blowout, and keratin treatment certified and a Goldwell color master.”
“Linda has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1976, but she says, ‘Don’t’ do the math,’” Janelle laughed. “She’s earned the right to work part-time now, but her clients still depend on her because she’s built such a bond with them. Patti is our updo queen. She has 40 years of experience and even owned her own salon. Patti has too many certifications to name and specializes in long hair, color, bridal styles, and men’s grooming.”
Janelle feels especially maternal toward Morgan, who was her first assistant. “It’s been such a blessing to watch her grow,” she said. “She came to us when she was only six weeks in cosmetology school and has been learning every facet of the salon, which is part of our training. Master-certified in hair extensions and the queen of makeup are just a few of her talents. I can’t brag enough about everyone on my team.”
Together they’ve created one of Houston’s hottest destination salons. “One thing about the beauty industry is it’s always changing,” Janelle said. “It’s not enough just to be a licensed cosmetologist, and this team never stops learning and trying new things. Every day is different and exciting. Whether we’re learning a new technique, teaching our junior stylists and apprentices, or heading back to school to better ourselves, we’re all doing what we love and loving what we do—and it’s all for our clients.”
- Hair extensions
- Color correction
- Brazilian blowouts and other smoothing/straightening treatment
- Makeup in salon or on location
- Updos and special occasion styles
- Bride and bridal party makeup and styling
5750 Woodway Drive
Houston, Texas 77057