When you spend your workday doing hair and makeup, you had better look the part.

But that does not mean the same thing for everyone.

At M Salon, 5575 E. River Road, the staff blend comfort, professionalism and creativity.

“You should look different than the person who just came through the door,” says owner Michael Danielson. “When people come to us, they expect to see some commitment to beauty.”

Sure, there are some no-nos — miniskirts, flip-flops, blue jeans — but Danielson is not in the business of “cookie cutting” his staff. They are artists, after all. Professionalism is a given, but since the salon opened in 2007, Danielson has styled an environment where glam and peace jell.

Contact reporter Johanna Willett at jwillett@azstarnet.com or 573-4357.

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