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Meet Dana Boyle of Black and Brass in North county

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Boyle.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology I embarked on a five year career in the fashion industry in NYC and LA. Then I made the switch to cosmetology and attended rhe Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. After graduation I assisted the owner of a salon in Beverly Hills and was promoted to hairstylist. Shortly after that I moved down to San Diego, where I was originally from, and started at a salon in La Costa. In typical transient hairstylist fashion I moved to salons in Encinitas over the next 8 years. Finally realized my husband, John, and I just needed to open our own which I did in Carlsbad Village in September 2016.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a pretty smooth road. After being in so many salons I knew what worked and what didn’t and what I would do differently. I always say its hair, not rocket science.

Please tell us about Black and Brass.
We are a full-service hair salon of stylists who’ve worked all over the country and are passionate about continuing their education. All the stylists and our manicurist have been in the business at least 10 years and I think we have all found our specialties, whether that is color or precision cutting or barbering or event styling, I know we have something for every kind of client under our one roof. Hair salons can quickly feel cluttered, dated, or like a beehive of nonstop activity.

For 10 years I’ve been watching people in my chair noticing what’s going on in the salon around them during their visits and as the pace of life has quickened I noticed people wanted a break from that loud, beehive model. I think what makes us different is the space and the way it feels. I purposely left it as empty as I could with no extra knickknacks to collect the inevitable lint and dust. During their visits clients want either to chat or work. For the comfort of those who want to work we have a glass top table and chairs under a starburst chandelier. I wanted somewhere clean, open, and beautiful. I’ve had a few people mistake the salon for a furniture store which tells me I’ve successfully avoided the typical hair salon look.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
After 10 years I still feel like I’m just getting started so nothing yet!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2727 Roosevelt St., ste. A
    Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Website:
  • Phone: 310.993.7478
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @blackandbrass
  • Facebook: @blackandbrassllc

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