With a clientele that's a veritable who's who in art, business and philanthropy, Jim Brofft is one of the top hairstylists in Greater Cincinnati. Starting his career at Tower Place’s Paragon and then moving at the Saks Fifth Avenue Salon, Jim made a name for himself as downtown's master cutter and colorist. Bringing out the very best in each client garnered him a following large enough to strike out on his own. In 2009 he opened Jim Brofft Salon Central in the landmark American Building. It became an anchor in the OTR renaissance, and grew at such a pace that he continued to add new stylists, and hours of operation, to keep up with demand.
Brofft personally trains each stylist, bringing them in as an apprentice and refining their skills until they are ready to take on their own clients. This has built an influential aesthetic at Salon Central, a high level of expertise, and a unparalleled quality of service. Jim has continued his own training at seminars in Vienna, Prague, London, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.
In his two minutes of spare time, Jim enjoys rehabbing his historic Bellevue house and walking his two dogs Zeke and Bebe.
“We are experienced in giving cutting-edge styles, but our first priority is to find out what works for the features and lifestyle of the client.”
After a childhood spent using her friends and family as personal Barbie dolls whose hair she could cut and style, Kristen Meadors went straight from high school graduation to hair school. Her dedication landed her in the honors program at Paul Mitchell The School, and she finessed her cutting skills at a week-long seminar at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California. In 2012 she joined Jim Brofft Salon Central, a perfect fit for her sensibilities. “I like the boutique feel—professional but laid-back,” she says. Eager to learn all aspects of the business, Kristen rose to become co-manager of the salon, keeping the place running smoothly as it continues to grow. When she's not at work, Kristen and her husband spend time with their rescue labradoodle, Molly.
“I love to work with clients to try new things. Instagram has been a great inspiration for style from all over the world.”
Kyle is a rare bird in the word of hairstyling. He is both laid back and attentive to detail. He thrills to giving a wildly progressive haircut to someone who is experimenting, yet also draws joy from keeping a tried-and-true classic look on point for a client who knows what she wants. Don't let his beachcomber's drawl fool you; Kyle is an honors graduate from both Paul Mitchell The School and Sassoon Academy. He approaches hair holistically, making a cut and custom color work harmoniously. When he's not in the salon, Kyle gets his crunchy-granola kicks by gardening, hiking and visiting Yellow Springs, his home-away-from-home.
“I love the diversity of our clientele, and the individual, one-on-one approach that Jim has taught us. It's a collaboration with a client to create a look she will love.”
With a head for business to match her artistry and skills as a stylist, Stephanie Heck worked her way up to stylist and co-manager after joining Jim Brofft Salon Central in 2014. She loves a challenge, whether it's to create the perfect special-occasion hairstyle or to bring luster back to damaged hair. She has become a specialist in “blonding” through foils, balayage, and fashion colors. A blonde herself, she excels at achieving the right tone for the many shades of blond on the spectrum—whether the client's natural color is gray, black or red! Stephanie is an honors graduate of Paul Mitchell The School, and lives in Northern Kentucky with her ridiculously hunky husband and adorbz daughter, Amelia Rose. When not at work, she enjoys reading, running, and being with family and friends.
“I never know what's going to happen in my chair each day at the salon. It keeps the job fresh and makes me want to bring my A game.”
One of the youngest stylists in the nation (seriously!) Alisha Zimmerman knew she wanted to be in the hiar business before she was a teenager. She enrolled in a vocational high school that provided hairstyling training, which resulted in her obtaining her license while a senior in high school. Alisha braved four interviews with Jim Brofft Salon Central in 2017, culminating with her demonstrating her ace skills on her favorite client: her mother. (She has been styling her mom's hair since she was 10 years old.) Don't let her age fool you; this young woman is a pro. (And a capricorn, obvi.) Her nimble mind quickly grasped the training during her apprenticeship with taskmaster Jim, and she has already started building her own clientele. Her enthusiasm for working in the city's top salon at such a young age is catching!
“I enjoy updating styles from the past, like the bob. Everything comes around again, but with a new twist.”
Gloria brings her considerable administrative and hospitality skills to Salon Central, along with her great smile! A native Cincinnatian, she worked in the private sector, and for the county before recently retiring. Not one to stay idle, she decided to help us out here at the front desk a few times a week and we are so glad she did. Directing clients, fielding questions, making appointments and making order out of chaos are just a few of her specialties.