By Marina I. Jokic
Adorned with rustic wood paneling and vintage cowboy décor, JC’s Funky Hair Ranch has a one-of-a-kind vibe and doesn’t look like your typical hair salon. Feng shui is very important to the salon’s owner JC Mahan. His clientele primarily comes from Edmond, Oklahoma City, and Norman, and some travel even longer distances to get to their haircut.
The staff at JC’s is carefully vetted for their skills and expertise. Mahan himself is a Master Associate with Paul Mitchell Hair Care and shares his know-how with his colleagues every day. Cutting-edge styles, techniques, and products in addition to highly skilled stylists make for a memorable and rewarding salon experience.
JC’s is the fourth salon Mahan has owned in Edmond and is indicative of the extent of his experience. He opened his first, The Master’s Touch, in order to work with stylists who were eager to learn and grow. Education is an essential aspect of being a successful hairstylist.
“Ever since beauty school, I have enjoyed attending educational classes and shows,” Mahan said. Thanks to the tutelage of his mentors throughout the years, John T., Susan Snealson, and Connie Wolf to name a few, Mahan was soon working for Redken, Peter Hanns, Wella, and other major salon product companies.
In 1986, Mahan started traveling the U.S. as a Paul Mitchell Educator. He did thatfor 20 years doing hair shows, classes, and training. As a hair show artist from Oklahoma, Mahan was an outlier in most of the circles he was traveling.
“Being a hair show artist from Oklahoma, many stylists from California, New York, and Florida wondered what I was going to show them,” he said.
Mahan quips that he started calling his shows hair rodeos and referred to his salon as the funky hair ranch back in Oklahoma. While still doing his traveling gigs, he was inspired to create a cohesive brand and message for his audience, and eventually formulated the idea for the Funky Hair Ranch.
“We have mottos like ‘if it isn’t fun, don’t do it’ and ‘change is good, change is my friend’,” Mahan said. “We use those mottos to make the most of and celebrate each day, and to accept change.’ Hair styling is an art form, and we love our hair art.”
Even though Mahan’s primary profession is hair styling he also immerses himself in various other art like poetry, pottery, paint, and photography. The salon sometimes features a showcase of its own artwork as well as other pieces that have been collected throughout the years. Hosting art shows with local artists, concerts, wine tastings and fundraises are just some of the various activities that JC’s puts on.
“We also have puppies. Nellie Roo and Wyatt Fitzpatrick are our in-house therapy puppies,” Mahan said. Around Christmas time, JC’s organizes a Change for Kids drive to help out local families. You might also hear the familiar sounds of a couple of well-known Oklahoma musicians singing on the front porch of the salon.