'Lightening Society Salon' opens in Brooklyn

At The Lightening Society hair salon in Brooklyn, stylist Tiffany Crist works on client Molly.
At The Lightening Society hair salon in Brooklyn, stylist Tiffany Crist works on client Molly. (Rita A. Leonard)

By Rita A. Leonard

April 30, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

A new hair salon called "The Lightening Society" opened recently at 4290 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Inattentive readers may think we have just reported a promise of high voltage; but notice that there is an extra E in the name which makes it a play on words, and refers to tinting!

The main focus of the salon is hair cutting and coloring, although they also offer hair consultations, highlighting, shampooing and conditioning, and "balayage" — a French technique for 'painting' colors onto hair. Owner Tiffany Crist and three other professional hair stylists — Matti Braux, Stefani Dimeo, and Kendall Colton — serve customers there. All the stylists have independent schedules and pricing.

These women, all of whom live in the area, are professionals. Crist graduated from Fagan's Hair Salon in 2014, and formerly worked at Tangerine in Sellwood and Transformations in Woodstock before becoming independent 3‐1/2 years ago. The new shop is about 750 sq. ft. in size, with a courtyard in back, one chair available, two shampoo bowls, a couch, and shelf space for selling styling products.

Crist comments, "I like the open windows we have on the south and west sides of the building. This allows our clients to see the results in natural lighting."

Tiffany Crist can be contacted at 503/953‐4240, or via their Instagram account — The Lightening Society Salon — for bookings. The shop offers tea, sparkling water, snacks, and free wi‐fi to clients and guests.

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