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Dear Ann…

Ann Ratner opened her first Bubbles Salons location on K. Street in Washington, DC in 1978. Nearly 40 years later, Bubbles and Salon Cielo boast 41 salons in Maryland, DC, Virginia and Florida. In that time, Ann has played an undeniable role in the lives of her employees. Here are some of their stories.

Remember That Time When…?

Brigit Brikic, Judy Glazer, Paul Mitchell co-founder, John Paul DeJoria and Ann Ratner

Brigit Brikic, Judy Glazer, Paul Mitchell co-founder, John Paul DeJoria and Ann Ratner

 

Ann Ratner and Gajo Saini enjoy Gajo's famous curry at Ann's home in Naples, FL

Ann Ratner and Gajo Saini enjoy Gajo’s famous curry at Ann’s home in Naples, FL

 

Ann Ratner, Sharon So and the Towson Bubbles Salon team at Hair Wars 2012

Ann Ratner, Sharon So and the Towson Bubbles Salon team, Hair Wars 2012

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.

In the next “With a Name Like Bubbles Salons You Gotta Be Tough | Culture Club,” Ann talks about her annual Hair Wars competition and Bubbles very own haircare line, Cibu.

With a Name Like Bubbles Salons You Gotta Be Tough | Part 5, image of Cibu hair care products and Hair Wars winner in dress made of bubble wrap

With a Name Like Bubbles Salons You Gotta Be Tough | Part 5