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Our History - 45 Years of Love​​

Dennis Ratner was an up-and-coming hairdresser working in his father’s salon in Washington, DC. Stylist, Ann Ratner, had recently moved from the United Kingdom to the United States. The year was 1974. It was the beginning of a new era and they envisioned a unisex salon convenient for the whole family. Over dinner they sketched a business plan on a cocktail napkin that laid the groundwork for the first Hair Cuttery salon.

With only $5,000, Dennis and Ann opened the first salon in West Springfield,
Virginia, introducing a revolutionary concept where Guests could walk in and get a new look with no appointment necessary. Now with nearly 900 salons on the East Coast, New England and the Midwest, Hair Cuttery is the largest division of a continually growing Ratner Companies.

In 1978, Ann opened the first BUBBLES location in Washington, DC. She wanted to create a salon for stylists who were on the cutting edge of fashion and a place for Guests who craved the latest hair trends. The formula worked and today BUBBLES continues to be a destination for expertise and style with 33 salons in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Since the development of Hair Cuttery and BUBBLES, Ratner Companies has expanded to include three additional brands: Salon Cielo, Salon Plaza and Cibu. These new concepts allow Ratner Companies’ brands to include full-service salons, day spas and professional hair care products. A variety of services mean tremendous possibilities for our associates and career paths that will help them realize their professional dreams.

As the leading privately owned hairstyling business in the United States, Ratner Companies believes it has a responsibility to invest in the beauty industry. This belief has lead the company to partner with Paul Mitchell in opening Paul Mitchell The School in McLean, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida. These schools offer advanced classes to educators in the field to enable them to enhance their professional knowledge and skills.

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