Can’t Burst Her Bubble

In the wake of her crumbling marriage, Ann Ratner took a leap of faith and opened Bubbles – a trend forward, full service salon with an affordable price tag. Ann’s instincts were on point and Bubbles Salons flourished throughout the 1980s. Confident and at the top of her game, Ann invested close to a million dollars into a flagship salon. Five months later the stock market crashed. In the aftermath Ann learned what it really meant to be an entrepreneur.

1987 Washington Post feature on Bubbles Salons founder Ann Ratner

Washington Post clipping, 1987

1986 Bubbles Salons "Mr. Tough Guy" Promo featuring three muscle bound athletes holding styling tools

Bubbles “Mr. Tough Guy” Promo, 1986

Bubbles Salons founder Ann Ratner in 1987 with big, crimped 1980s hairstyle

Ann Ratner with big dreams and bigger hair, 1987

With a Name Like Bubbles Salons 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 in the hair salon world. By 1972 she and ex-husband Dennis Ratner co-founded the 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 Salons.
This is the story of her incredible journey as an immigrant, hair stylist, divorced single mom and serial entrepreneur who followed her instincts and never confronted a challenge she didn’t like.