Today I am happily retired from salon ownership and a full-time schedule from behind-the-chair.


My career in the professional beauty industry began in London, England where I worked as a stylist’s assistant. Today, after 40+ years in the beauty  industry, I am a Vidal Sassoon Trained Master Hair Stylist, Certified Framesi Hair Color Educator, and previous owner of both an award winning salon and a set of suite salons.

In 1995 I opened Topps SalonDay Spa and closed it in 2011.

In 2013 I founded Swans Studios Boutique Salons For Men and Women and closed it on Setember 1 2023. 

In my retirement I am availble one-day a week  at 936 B Clay Street, Oakland inside the historic Swans Market, by appointment only. You can see my detailed hours on the About Me page.

I enjoy communicating with my clients via social networking. Please visit my fan page on Facebook at SuzanneVanHoutenHairQueen or follow me on Twitter @SVHHairQueen. Also, please check out my blog at www.svhrunsbusinesseswithscissors.blogspot.com.

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With my decades of experience in the industry, I've learned valuable knowledge about how to achieve a work,life balance. Through my consulting firm, I'm available to assist other small business owners achieve financial and emotional success. Learn more about my consulting services on the Suzanne Van Houten Consulting Business page.