It's June 26th, 2018 so its hard to believe it's National "Beautician" day. We typically call these professionals cosmetologists now. Nonetheless,  we all need a little help looking our best now and then, and Beautician’s Day celebrates those cosmetological experts who can help hide our flaws and bring out the absolute best of our beauty. There are multiple disciplines within the realm of cosmetology, including such areas as skin care, manicures, electrology, hair care, and cosmetic application and we celebrate them all!

These well-known beauticians take beauty to a whole new level and are highly regarded by you, our listeners. You told us who your favorites were! We took your submission and comments and here are our top 3 Rochester Stylists and our 8 other honorable mentions!

Contributed by Linda Johnson

Congratulations to our 1st Place winner, Linda Johnson from Sola Salon! She is a hair stylist at STUDIO 21 SOLA SALON and delights clients across our area with a fresh new look! She says "I love what I do! I enjoy making people look good. My clients, I can actually call my friends!" That they did! Check out Styles By Linda J.

What some of her nominators said:

  • “She is the only professional hairstylist that I have been going to for the last 15 years. She is the most generous woman I know and always willing to help in moments noticed. I love her!” – Tam
  • “I have been going to Linda since the Hair Den and have followed her ever since!! Linda provides phenomenal customer service and has never disappointed me when I've wanted to try something new!! But, is also not afraid to tell you if she doesn't think the color or style will work for you!! Her honesty and positive energy are why I am nominating, Linda!!” - Danielle
  • “My family and I have been going to see Linda for 19 years, and she really made such an impression being that I come from a bi-racial family. And at the time in Rochester, no hairstylist would touch mine and my sister's hair, being that I have a natural afro and she has corkscrew curls, but Linda being the mom of bi-racial kids knew exactly how to handle our hair. and also gave tips to our mother on how to style our hair at home.” – Lilielaine
Photo Credit Erin Young

2nd Place: Kara Kloss from Studio 26. She specializes in hair, weddings, facial waxing and makeup! Book with her or visit her Facebook page! She says "I’m super humbled and excited to have been nominated one of Rochester’s best stylists! My career is my passion and my clients are my second family. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their amazing support and allowing me to let my creativity flow!”

What some of her nominators said:

  • "Kara is the queen of the sheers. I can literally say "do what you want" and trust I'll walk away feeling like a rockstar. She is SO EASY to talk to, stays up on the latest trends, and makes me want to come in for a bang trim every week just so I can say hi!" - Samantha
  • "Kara is the best! Not only do I leave looking fabulous, I leave feeling fabulous as well! She's the sweetest and most genuine gal I've ever met and I wouldn't imagine going to anyone else. She never sets my expectations too high, especially when trying to go from boxed black to platinum blonde, but she has always exceeded my expectations regardless." - Alli
  • "She is so creative, I have literally told her to do whatever she wants and it ALWAYS comes out fantastic. I'm never disappointed." - Tiffany
Contributed by Anika Radke

3rd Place: Anika Radke also from Sola Salon Shoppes on Main studio 2, specializes in Highlights, Color, Cut and Updos. Check out her business page! She says all she wants is "To make a living doing what I love and help people feel good at the same time is a blessing! Thank you to all my clients that make this possible!"

What some of her nominators said:

  • "She does a wonderful job of whatever you as her to do to your hair! She's so friendly and inviting! She's wonderful with little kids so patients and accommodating!! Our whole family loves her!" - Brittany
  • "Anica has an amazing talent when it comes to hair! She is up on all the latest technology, which is demonstrated in her service. At each appointment, she takes time to hear from me about what I would like, and because of this, has a good understanding before she proceeds. The end product is always exceptional! I've never been happier with my hairstyle!" - Kathy
  • "I love getting my hair done by Anica. She's so sweet and always brings my image to life!" - Ashley

Congratulations as well to all our other honorable mentions!
4th Place (tie): Sophia Murphy from BeEnvied who specializes in haircuts and hair coloring.

4th Place (tie): Alysha Roshon from Sola Salon who specializes in hair styling.

6th Place: Edie Lou from E.loy & Parlour who specializes in hair cuts, color and style.

7th Place: Mindy Dreckhahn from Cost Cutters specializing in hair.

8th Place: Hannah Dicke from Sola Salon Crossroads and Studio 28 specializes in cuts, color and waxing.

9th Place: Julie Petersen is from Sola Salon and specializes in cut, color, styling and wax.

10th Place (tie): Kayla Harders from Sola Salon who specializes in hairstyling.

10th Place (tie): Emily Johnson from BluH20 Salon who specializes in cuts and colors.

Thank you to everyone who nominated your special stylist. Happy Beauticians day to all of our cosmetologist professionals!