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City-Centric Style
A deep-rooted love for hair led Jim Brofft to follow his dreams and open a salon in the heart of Over the Rhine. Read on to hear his story, and learn the latest manscaping trends.
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Growing up as a teenager in Cincinnati, Jim Brofft, had a thing for hair. His love of rock and roll led him emulate the hairstyles of British glam rock of the era such as Suzie Quatro, David Bowie and Roxy Music. "I thought they had great haircuts… my parents hated it, so I loved it more."

 

During this time, his godparents owned a hair salon in town where he spent a lot of his time growing up. The salon was where the seed was planted to follow his dreams. Brofft started his mane quest at the Saks Fifth Avenue Salon as an assistant but then was given the opportunity to go on the floor as a stylist. He stayed there for six years before moving to the Paragon Salon.

 

Throughout his 14 years at the Paragon Salon Brofft was given the fabulous opportunity to travel the world for training in exotic places learning the latest and greatest tips and technique in hair. "I got to go on some very cool trips, Vienna, London, New York City, Montreal, Prague, Scottsdale and Cancun."

 

After his time at Paragon, he worked at a booth rental salon so he could continue traveling and training. During this time, he continued to develop his own personal style through learning from the masters in the industry. "I've been very fortunate to have met and worked with some of the most talented professionals in the fashion industry," he says.

 

As Brofft was approaching the big 5-0 (he doesn't look it, believe me!), he began getting the itch to start his own salon and to leave his mark on the beauty scene. Once realizing this dream and putting the wheels into motion, Brofft had all the blessings and support of his family and friends. Those closest to him felt opening his own salon was the next logical step in Brofft's life not only professionally but personally as well.

 

MitchellsInstoryGIF.gif In November of 2009, the doors of the Jim Brofft Salon Central opened on the first floor of the American Building in Over the Rhine. Brofft loves the amazing changes that have recently embraced the neighborhood and couldn't be more proud to be a part of it all.

 

If fact there is nowhere else he can even imagine having his salon, "The fact that I can see the skyline from my chair, while seeing people I know walk by coupled with the urban neighborhood feel is inspiring to me," says Brofft. "I really would rather be here than anywhere in the city. It's so centrally located and my clients have been coming downtown for a while now love it too."

  

Men make up the vast majority of Brofft's clientele, who turn out to be quite particular about how their hair looks in the end of the process. Brofft learned years ago that men generally hate their hair to be voluminous, so men will take the time to use hair products if they like the end result. The salon also offers waxing services to remove a pesky unibrow or the dreaded hairy ears and trimming services to keep those "Einstein" brows in check.

 

As for what is the latest look in the male beauty world, Brofft divulges, "I like that longer hair is coming back for men, sideburns never go out of style and we have found guys are receptive to changing the way their hair looks from their high school graduation pictures."

 

At the end of the day Brofft aims to give clients the best possible look while treating them like a celebrity. To book an appointment, call (513) 421-3300 or visit JimBrofft.com to book appointments online.

Amy Wray -

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