Salon Metro – Where Artistry Meets Precision for Life Changing Style Change!

Published on 20 November 2016 in News
Kim Thomas (author)

Kim Thomas

Salon Metro owner Michelle Tonking with the late Vidal Sassoon

Salon Metro owner Michelle Tonking with the late Vidal Sassoon

If you are looking for an upscale home salon – one where friendly professionalism meets precise artistry in hair color and design – then make an appointment at Salon Metro, located on Tampa Road in Oldsmar. Under new ownership for nearly a year, Salon Metro continues to gain notice with new clients, and the growing team is receiving wonderful reviews.

European born, and a Londontrained Master of Vidal Sassoon, Salon Metro owner Michelle Tonking is very sure of her artistry, and her experience has earned her the right to be unapologetically proud. Michelle has had the phenomenal experience of presenting a model with her design to the late Vidal Sassoon himself. In fact, Michelle achieved Regional Finalist for the Wella Trend Vision Competition in London for three consecutive years, which is no small feat when you consider there are less than 20 stylists chosen out of thousands of entrants. An artist and entrepreneur, Michelle opened her first salon at the young age of 24 and owned two successful salons in the UK. She shares, “My first salon was Bauhaus in Exeter City. I turned from urban to rural when I opened Sketch in Budleigh Salterton.” Michelle enjoyed those years, adding, “I became and listened to my true artist inside as I had Nature with me for my inspiration.”

Now in Tampa Bay, Michelle has taken the technical skill and knowledge she gained during her years of training under London Masters at Vidal Sassoon (becoming a Master herself), and has mentored her handpicked team. By sharing her experiences and vast knowledge, Michelle avails to her team an education beyond what is provided at even the very best schools. As a result, Salon Metro’s clients enjoy a worldclass experience.

Michelle doesn’t just copy the latest precision cuts, she designs cuts that others copy. She expounds, “I’ve studied geometry, and I look at the disconnections and all the angles when I am creating a design. I am an artist who has trained in my discipline for more than 20 years.” Her past includes many experiences that others can only dream of achieving, and many – such as the opportunity to work under the direction of Vidal Sassoon himself – that will never come again. Reminiscing of her years training at Vidal Sassoon, Michelle says, “It was such a fabulous opportunity to be so creative. It is a great experience mixing with other artists.” Michelle also went to LA to do a fabulous photo shoot with Sebastian, where she created a calendar for the company. She adds, “It was amazing to work with such professional models.”

Michelle is truly an artist and upon meeting her and sitting in her chair, you realize she is studying your features, finding the most pleasant points of reference and creating in her head a hair design that doesn’t just flatter, but rather defines your best features. “I don’t just look at the shape of a person’s face, but also their neck, the width of their shoulders and their body proportion.” The lines of a Sassoon haircut are like arrows pointing out your best features. Michelle compares designing a precision cut with having a custom made designer suit or dress, yet it can make you look younger immediately, costs less than a designer suit, and you will wear it every day!

“The right hairstyle is the cheapest facelift you will ever get,” says Michelle. “The right cut and color can make you look 10 years younger. Clients tell us all the time that we’ve changed their lives by giving them a completely new style.”

The day I was in the salon, a man who is a new client left Michelle a voicemail literally stating, “Thank you! You have changed my life!” Men are often not sure where they should go when they want services that the corner barbershop doesn’t offer, and Salon Metro is an excellent choice for professional men who value precision haircuts and color that looks natural.

Salon Metro offers a full selection of services. The salon can accommodate wedding parties and offers the latest in up-do styling for all special occasions. Salon Metro is the home salon for those who desire artistry, precision and professionalism. Treat yourself to the Salon Metro difference.

Salon Metro is located at 4009 Tampa Rd., Suite 7 in Oldsmar. Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday – Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call (813) 855-0400.

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