MEET KATALIN KISS
Haute European Salon owner Katalin Kiss made her way to Austin from Europe (Hungary) and is now Ecstatic to call Austin home. Katalin and her team at the Haute European Salon together bring 25 years of beauty salon expertise and strive to create a family experience for customers.
Services include haircuts, trims, coloring, styling, braiding, hair consulting, bridal services, up-do and additional aesthetician services for both adults and children. Katalin admits Mueller’s walk able and green community features were selling points when considering housing their business off Ruiz Street.
“We’re excited about the vibrant community, energy and location. We want the salon to be a family experience for people in and around Mueller, Austin.”
Kati (as she is affectionately known as) grew up in Debrecen (Hungary) and was a very successful hair stylist working for variety of salon such as Hedge Hair and ultimately opened her own salon Coolcuts ccross from Debrecen Plaza.
Kati holds a master’s degree and many certifications from prominent hair product institutions.
In 2010, she followed the love of her life – Bosco, to Austin where they have an adorable 2‐year old Bryan, Bryan is ready for international travel with a U.S. and Hungarian passport. (Bryan did visit his grandma and other relatives in Debrecen recent last year).
Kati has also experienced Japan, Ireland and India as part of her travel itinerary. In addition to running her own salon, Kati is a part time instructor with Vidal Sassoon accredited Avenue Five Institute where she educates and inspires young minds aspire for the highest quality in hair stylist career path.
Kati prefers warm weather so Austin is her dream destination. In addition Austin has a wide mix of culture, cuisine and people that keeps Kati cheerful. She is also a member of the Austin Hungarian Association (AHA) and engages in their social and community programs when possible.
“I miss my family, my mother’s cooking and my grandma’s subtle sarcasm which are so humorous J”
Kati had her share of struggle as she converted her European academics to American transcript as well as obtaining necessary permits to start her business.
“There are also many differences in hair styling between America and Europe,” says Kati.
Example: it takes 3 years of education followed by a year of work experience to become a hair stylist in Hungary, while in America you can take 1,500 hours (a huge difference) of schooling in a private institute and obtain your hair stylist license.
Kati is here to stay with occasional visits to her home country. If possible she and her husband Bosco would like to retire in Ireland in a small green cottage by the Dublin bay area.
Haute European Salon & Beauty Products
4533 Ruiz street Austin TX 78723
S: (512) 368-‐5880
C: (512) 797-‐9351