Modern Expressions returns to Hettinger

PHOTOS—Modern Expressions is an exclusive CHI product line vendor. (TOP INSET) Modern Expressions takes over what was previously Main Street Cuts. (BOTTOM INSET) Stylists Paige Bolte (L) and Lacey Kostelecky (R). (Record Photos by Frank Perea II)

Familiar faces in the local hair styling industry are returning to Hettinger. After moving operations solely to their Lemmon, S.D. location, Lacey Kostelecky and Paige Bolte of Modern Expressions are set to open a salon in Hettinger on Nov. 10.

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Kostelecky had been setup at the KNDC Farm and Home show on Oct. 20, and the community feedback she got was overwhelming.

“When [people] stopped at the booth, they just said how much they missed having the flexibility of getting a haircut the same day,” she said. “They missed the services.”

The duo stylists will be setting up shop in what was formerly Main Street Cuts, owned and operated by Greg Steiner. By renting the space, Kostelecky and Bolte can hit the ground running. They simply needed to move over supplies to start serving the community. This will also allow them to experiment with the schedule to see what the demand is in Hettinger.

Modern Expressions will be offering haircuts for men, women, and children. They also have waxing services, perms, colors, pedicures and manicures.

Modern Expressions also has the unique offering of the CHI product line, which includes CHI Enviro smoothing treatments. While the new salon offers numerous product lines, they are exclusive to CHI stylists. CHI is a brand name that uses ammonia-free chemical combinations for their products.

“[The founder of CHI] wanted to bring a product to other stylists and clients that were healthy and safe, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” Kostelecky said.

Both Kostelecky and Bolte have attended two different seminars in Cancun, Mexico, where more than 4,000 stylists from more than 100 countries congregated to learn more about the product line.

“CHI is worldwide,” Kostelecky said. “But we’re one of the only salons in the area—the next one would be Bismarck—that you’d even find the CHI in.”

CHI offers multiple lines of products, including color and shampoo, and with the lack of ammonia, the salon does not have the typical salon odor. With the lack of ammonia, they are also able to lift color without bleach, which makes the colors bolder and keeps your hair healthier.

“People are going to go home with healthy hair, and their colors don’t fade,” Kostelecky said.

Also among their services is a diverse group of manicures available. They have a traditional lacquer manicure with nail polish, gel manicures, and a new version called the ‘dipping procedure’ manicure. The new method involves a lacquer that’s odor free and lasts three to four weeks.

“Not only are we doing manicures but we have different manicures to offer different clients,” Kostelecky said.

Modern Expressions will be open in Hettinger from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Friday. Though Kostelecky said they may consider  Saturday appointments in the future if the demand is there.