As the only child of working class parents, Ann Ratner came from humble beginnings. Her parents taught her independence – and the value of hard work. After visiting a hair salon with her mom, Ann recognized her calling and entered beauty school at 16. By 22, she was ready to take a bigger leap. With her mother’s blessing (and an help wanted ad she found at the back of the Hair Dressers Journal) she made the journey to Washington, DC – and she’s never looked back.
Ann Ratner as a young girl in Manchester, UK
Ann Ratner at 16 standing next to her first car
Ann Ratner as a young woman in the 1960s
With a Name Like Bubbles You Gotta Be Tough
How a regular girl from Manchester forged a hair care dynasty
A native of Manchester, UK, Ann Ratner arrived in Washington DC in 1967 and quickly made her mark on the salon world. By 1972 she and ex-husband Dennis Ratner co-founded value salon chain Hair Cuttery. After their marriage ended, under tremendous emotional pressure and with two small children, Ann took a leap of faith and opened the type of salon she always imagined – Bubbles.
This is the story of Ann’s incredible journey as an immigrant, hair stylist, divorcee, single mom and serial entrepreneur who followed her instincts and never faced a challenge she didn’t like.
Stay tuned next week for Ann Ratner: With a Name Like Bubbles, You Gotta Be Tough | Part 2: From Heart Break to Break Through