Thirty Hair

Top 200 Salon Winner. Howard County's Only Aveda Concept Hair Salon 410.381.7070

An Aveda Concept Hair Salon located in Columbia, Maryland. At Thirty Hair, our stylists pride themselves on the perfect combination of precision and artistic panache when creating your perfect look. We are a team environment, working towards your best interests-- not ours. We can't wait to see you in our chairs!

Top 200 Salon with Salon Today!





BUFFALO GROVE, IL (January 2018) – Thirty Hair in Columbia, MD owned and managed by Dustin Mariman and Sarah McGee recently was named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY, the leading business media for salon and spa owners.


The magazine’s 21st annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January/February 2018 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.


The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Employee Education, Inventory Management, Philanthropy, Profit Center, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Salon Culture, Technology and Growth. Thirty Hair was honored in the Staff Compensation and Benefits.


Thirty Hair is fortunate to be a leading employer in their industry for Howard County Salons. On average, our staff members are paid 57% higher than local salons and are paid 61% higher than the national average. Benefits include up to 3 weeks paid vacation, maternity leave, short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance completely funded by employer. Employees are also provided 100% tuition reimbursement for educational events. As a team, they are also eligible for up to 15% of their salary in bonuses throughout the year.


“Our editors recognize that strong business leadership requires the mastery of a number of different best business practices,” said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY. “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2018 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational business-building ideas.” 


For a salon to be named to the SALON TODAY 200, it had to meet the following criteria: 1) The salon or spa opened on or before January 1, 2015. 2) The salon is a provider of professional salon services including one, or more, of the following: hair care, nail care, skin care, body care or spa treatments; 3) The salon or spa generated annual service and product sales revenues of at least $250,000 per year since 2015; 4) The owner provided statistical information about his or her business and completed at least one of the Best Practice category essay sections; and 5) The applicant submitted documentation to verify financials if he or she competed in the growth category.


In the commemorative January/February 2018 issue, SALON TODAY profiled 200 individual salons, although these salons could be honored in more than one category. The 2018 SALON TODAY 200 honored 100 salons in Growth; 34 salons in Compensation & Benefits; 40 salons in Customer Service; 26 salons in Employee Education; 30 salons in Inventory Management; 30 salons in Philanthropy; 16 salons in Profit Center; 37 salons Retail & Merchandising; 31 salons in Retention & Referral Programs; 45 salons in Salon Culture; and 34 salons in Technology.


Salon Today is a division of Modern Salon Media, which is owned by Bobit Business Media in Torrance, California.


New Year, New Hair!

It may be SUPER cold outside, but the best way to warm up is a fantastic new hair color! Check out some of our most recent work including the NEW demi+ color line from Aveda which launches in February 2018! (We are super stoked to have it in the early release!!)


Halloween Mayhem

Did you have a happy halloween?


Here at Thirty Hair, we decided on a Disney Theme this year. We had so much fun coming up with our costumes for Saturday, October 28!!


Hair Perfume?! No Hair PUREfumes!

We all know that Aveda loves to use certain terms for their products.

It's AROMA not scent/smell.

But did you know they have a new one? It's Purefume over Perfume.

What's the difference you ask? It's very simple, their new launch of the Hair Purefumes are truly pure plant and flower aromas to spray in your hair for lasting aroma. 

Aveda’s first hair pure-fume™ line created specifically to deliver the distinctive Aveda pure flower and plant aroma with the high performance hair care benefits of softness and shine.

• 99.9% naturally-derived
• Quick-drying formula that does not affect finished hair styles
• Can be used anytime throughout the day to refresh the hair’s aroma

We now carry 3 amazing aromas for your hair that can help you relax and feel good!

• 85% of guests agree that Aveda aromas help to alter their mood
• 91% of guests agree that Aveda aromas make them feel good


Who doesn't love feeling good and smelling amazing!? 

Have fried hair? This product could help

Does your hair literally crinkle and sound like it will snap when you run your brush or hands through it? Join the club! There are so many people who have the same issue-- so many in fact that Aveda decided it was time to help us fix the problem with a new product!

If you are a heat-styler, a less-frequent hair washer or you tangle easily, the new Shampure Dry Conditioner will be your new go-to product for your hair! We have found that using it helps detangle dry hair and give it some moisture without weighing the hair down. It is a heat protectant so it also is perfect for use prior using a flat iron, curling iron or wand on your hair-- even second or third day!

It is perfectly paired with the Shampure Dry Shampoo for an easy way to stretch your blowout an extra few days!

Shampure Dry Conditioner uses organic jojoba oil and sunflower oils to condition and soften your hair for ultimate shine and health. It has a 5-star rating on and is a staff favorite!

New Stylist Alert!!!

You've seen her around a LOT but I bet many of you never knew that our team member, Emmy, is a licensed stylist! Emmy has spent the past year running our front desk, training with us during our advanced education and most importantly, becoming a mommy! Now that Emmy is back from maternity leave, she is ready and excited to be taking clients on the hair floor!

Here are a few pictures of her work from her weeks back. Emmy LOVES to do haircolor especially foils and dimensional color. She also has an amazing passion for makeup, so schedule a time for a makeup lesson!

 Grey blending with lots of dimension

Grey blending with lots of dimension

 ash shadow root with blond balayage

ash shadow root with blond balayage

 curly hair balayage

curly hair balayage

Emmy's client hours are Tuesdays 1pm to 9pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursdays 1pm to 9pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm. Her pricing is a level 2. She looks forward to seeing you in her chair!!

Summer Hair Color Ideas

We've been a little busy over at Thirty Hair as everyone is wanting new beautiful Summer hair! If you are like our clients, you are itching for some change, chopping off some length or brightening up your color. Here's just a peak of what we've done in the past few weeks!


 Virgin, curly hair taken to a soft blonde balayage

Virgin, curly hair taken to a soft blonde balayage

 Black box color softened up with a full dimensional foil and toned to a cooler light brown

Black box color softened up with a full dimensional foil and toned to a cooler light brown

 blending out the grey while lightening up the ends with a balayage

blending out the grey while lightening up the ends with a balayage

 This guest chopped off 4 inches and had a heavy balayage toned to a cooler, ash blonde!

This guest chopped off 4 inches and had a heavy balayage toned to a cooler, ash blonde!

A Year of Free Haircuts!

All Month Long, you can enter to win a years worth of free haircuts as well as a basket of Aveda Products worth over $350! Raffle tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5 or an Arms Length for $20! The winning ticket will be chosen on April 29 at 5pm!


We are working hard to achieve a goal of $3,000 towards the Aveda Earth Month goal of $6.5 million!

Purchase a Light the Way candle for a donation of $12 and provide clean water for 1 adult in Madagascar for 6 years!



Mission, Vision, Values at Thirty Hair

Ever wonder about how we keep things happy and fun at Thirty Hair? Ever walked in and seen the busy but wonder how we keep everyone straight?

As a company, we work hard to stay focused on a daily basis for our guests. Every month, we meet together to make sure we know what's happened, what challenges we've had and what successes over the past month. 

Today, we wanted to share with you a little peek into who we are and what's important to us!

As a team, our focus is to do great hair that makes people feel good in an environment that is personable and comfortable. 

Have you had an experience that emulates our goal? If so, let us know!! Share with us on social media or comment below. We love to hear feedback!

Amazing Skincare Results without Any Downtime!

Have you been looking for that Elusive Magic Skincare product that will transform your skin without having to spend lots of time? Aveda has taken their stance seriously on improving their skincare line this year by a January 1 launch of their new Wedding Masque line of overnight products. 

The new additions to the Tulasara line at Aveda include an overnight masque and eye masque that work while you sleep! Utilizing tumeric among other amazing ingredients, this product when used consistently over time will help brighten your skin tone and most importantly, help firm and lift your skin over time. 

We have limited quantities of samples so hurry in before they are all gone! The last Tulasara launch of a product created a 2 month backorder so hurry in and snag the new amazing skincare product from Aveda before it's gone! 

New Year, New Hair!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Want to know how we kicked off the new year? Probably a lot like you all with some fun NYE parties, a lot of germs (this winter cold business is awful!) and most importantly with some New Education to kick start our year!

Today, we had Jeffrey Scott from Aveda in for a fantastic color class discussing 7 new ideas for our team. We spent our day watching and doing these new techniques, trying them all out on our mannequins!

Probably the most exciting part of the day was that each of these techniques and placements are actually wearable and do-able on everyone! This wasn't a class focused on crazy trends or things that takes hours to do or requires you come back for maintenance every 2 weeks.

A huge shout-out to Jeffrey Scott for a fantastic day! Thanks for visiting Maryland!

Take a look at some of our fun day!

 Kara practicing a new balayage technique

Kara practicing a new balayage technique

 Lisa doing a new dimensional colour balancing technique

Lisa doing a new dimensional colour balancing technique

 Our team plus Bre's sister Allie who came down from NJ to learn with us!

Our team plus Bre's sister Allie who came down from NJ to learn with us!

How-To Makeup for Day to Night

It's that time of year for Holiday Happy Hours, Parties and More!

We know many of you are limited on time and need easy ways to move from day to night makeup. Our resident makeup guru took the time to show you two easy looks- one for day and one for evening that work together! 

 Left: Daytime   Right: Evening

Left: Daytime 

Right: Evening

For your daytime look, you will want to start with your favorite face coverage. We love to use Aveda's concealer for under eye coverage and spot coverage before applying their tinted moisturizer and sealing it with their dual coverage foundation. For more coverage, dampening the sponge will create heavier coverage. 

For your eyes, Gobi Sands eye shadow not only creates the perfect, natural every-day eye, the lightly pigmented colors also compliment every eye color! The trio has a light, medium, and dark shade. Keep lighter shades closer to the inner corner of your eye and darker shades closer to the outside corner of your eye...this creates the illusion of larger eyes! We used Black Orchid as the go-to liner in both of our looks. For daytime, we lightly lined above the lashes for a subtle effect.

For your lips, use a light color that brings out your natural lip color. Our personal favorite here at Thirty Hair used to create this look is Sheer Primose Lip Color. It is the perfect pink for a natural, yet refreshed looking lip. The nourish-mint mineral lip color provides sheer coverage while plumping and smoothing the appearance of fine lines.  

To transition to the evening look, we used deeper pigments & colors on the eyes and lips.


For your eyes, we added Rosegold single eye shadow into the crease of the eye to deepen the color, we also added a winged liner using the same black liner to create more of a bold look.

For your lips, we swapped lip colors to Carnelian, a deep burgundy color that compliments all skin tones! 


If you love either of these looks but want to have some lessons on how and what to use, schedule a holiday makeup session with Emmy any Saturday this month! 




Holiday Hair Hours!

We are so excited for one of our FAVORITE holidays-- Thanksgiving!

If you need to know one thing about the team at Thirty Hair, we love to eat good food. 

In celebration of the Holidays, we do have some unique hours this season! Knowing it is the holidays, we highly suggest booking your appointments quickly as spots are dwindling as we speak!


Thanksgiving Week- November 21-26

Monday and Tuesday 1-9pm

Wednesday 10am to 7pm

Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday- CLOSED! 

Saturday 9am to 5pm


December Hours are as normal unless otherwise stated.

Friday, December 2, 9am to 3pm. Our Holiday Event is that night! Please join us!

Monday December 19 1pm to 9pm

December 24 to 26 CLOSED! 


We look forward to seeing everyone for the holidays!


Aveda Skincare and Makeup Event

We are a week away from our first intimate setting skincare and makeup event! On Wednesday, November 9 from 6pm to 8pm, we will be hosting 10 ladies for a special night of skincare knowledge, hands on lessons and makeup how-to's. This past Tuesday, Emmy, our amazing makeup artist, went through and taught us her five minute face with Aveda makeup. We learned a lot, asked lots of questions and had fun playing with new lipstick colors!



There are only a few spots left so call to reserve your spot before it's sold out!

How To Start Your Next Big Hair Transformation – ONLINE


SnapSnip – A New Online Consultation Tool

Ever had a crazy idea about a big hair change? Maybe it was doing a vivid purple…Or getting extensions? …. Maybe a dramatic chop going from beachy waves to pixie…Or maybe you just want to cover gray...

Before making a big leap – it always beneficial to get feedback.  In a perfect world, you’d come into the salon and chat with one of our stylists who look at your skin tone, face shape and how that would fit with your hair goals. Next there would be discussion about how many appointments it would take to achieve the look, how frequently you would have to come in to maintain the look, and how much it would cost.  All important questions to make sure you are happy – long term.  The next step would be scheduling the appointment to make it happen. 

 Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

What if you could get the kind of feedback before you even stepped foot in the salon?!?!

Our Online Consultation Tool works like a face-to-face meeting, sans the face-to-face.  We’ll want to see how your hair currently looks – from all angles: top, bottom, and sides — so that we can assess its color and condition. (There’s a built in camera in the software, or you can upload photos if you prefer.)  We also encourage you to send us photos of your inspiration — celebrities, bloggers, Pinterest superstars —so we can know what your hair goals are. The more photos we see, the better we’ll understand your desired result and what it would take to get you there. You can also leave it to our expert stylists to recommend what would look best.

Within 24 hours we will get back to you with our recommendations, maintenance expectations and costs.  We will also be able to book your appointment with the exact stylist you prefer, or one that we think is the best to create the look you are wanting. 

 Source: Aveda

Source: Aveda

When you arrive at the salon, we’ll be ready to make your dream hair a reality.

This technology has already been used to book hundreds of appointments. It works!

It allows you to get the hair you want, with the best stylist – with no surprises to your schedule or your wallet.

So put those Pinterest boards to work, and send us your ideas!

Transform Your Skin

We are so excited to officially launch the new Aveda skincare Tulsara. 

On Wednesday, November 9, we will be having an exclusive event for a limited number of guests to enjoy a full skin analysis, a skincare tutorial and application, makeup color assessment and application as well as light refreshments and beverages and a free gift valued at $30. 


The biggest thing to know about the new Tulsara line is that it takes older tried and true philosophies from the Ayuverdic principles combined with new technology and ingredients to give your skin the best chance at stellar results. They have introduced an amazing new dry brush with an oleation oil to help you increase blood flow to your skin and exfoliate your skin daily, in turn helping your skincare penetrate deeper and better. 

After learning about the skincare lines and having a skin analysis, you will then get to utilize the products to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin to perfection. Our makeup artists will then teach you the perfect 5 minute makeup application with customized colors for your skin, hair and eyes. We will then help you apply it, giving you lots of tips and tricks!

Spaces are limited, reservations can be made by emailing We look forward to you joining us on November 9!


Thirty Hair Salon is an Aveda Concept Hair Salon located in Howard County Maryland servicing the Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD region. We specialize in custom hair color services, hair cut and styles for men and women. We have been named by Baltimore Magazine as one of Baltimore's Best Hair Salons. Powered by Squarespace