REXBURG — Brandee Gordo knew she wanted to work in the beauty industry from an early age. She has been working in salons since she was 14 years old and never stopped.
She left her home in Corvallis, Montana, at a young age and moved to Rexburg for beauty school and founded Graffiti Beauty Salon. Then she worked for Redken for two and a half years and traveled as far as New York, Florida, the Dakotas, Utah and Wyoming. During her travels she would teaching at salons and mentor stylists. She eventually decided to stop traveling and teach stylists at her own salon. Gordo has been running Graffiti Beauty Salon with her husband for nine years now.
Gordo has several family members who work with her and feels that she has one big Graffiti family.
Before stylists touch anyone’s head, they go through schooling and then training at the salon with a stylist to avoid the sink-or-swim mentality of the beauty industry.
“I always knew I wanted to be in this industry, and then when I was 22, I just decided I was done working for people and wanted to create a different culture here in Rexburg,” Gordo said. “And then about a year and a half later, my husband joined me as a barber. I never intended for this to be a barber shop. It just kind of evolved into one.”
Their business offers almost every salon service available except nails. They offer temporary dreadlocks, hair extensions, spray tans, permanent makeup, eyelash extensions, a full barber shop, some piercings and a full line of hair.
Gordo said her favorite hair styles are the ones that make people feel good about themselves. She loves the reactions people get when they see their look take a total 180.
She said their style is artistic, and they wanted to bring some culture to the area. The inside of Graffiti is covered in artwork, from big lips painted by an artist from Mexico to a comic barber pole painted by a missionary.
Currently, the salon consists of six chairs, and bookings have to be done two weeks in advance. They are going to be moving locations from their salon on South Fourth West, next to Magic Suds laundromat, to Main Street across from the Rexburg Broulims. Gordo said they will be able to take walk-ins and will have 14 chairs total.