our stylists

bringing your dreams to reality

James A Howell

Owner, Stylist

Upon graduating from cosmetology school, James went to Chicago to advance his education, where he also worked for a time as an assistant. His career has spanned the better part of the past 25 years, including furthering his education at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California, where he developed his skills as a stylist. Discovering his love for hair color, James excelled as a Color Specialist while working for a European designer for 8 years. Eager to take the next step, James ventured off in 2000 and celebrated the opening of Salon Mir in 2002.

​Favorite L'Oréal Professionnel product - Absolut Lipidium Repair Blow-Dry Creme
Favorite Movie - Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell
Favorite Book - the Harry Potter series

To schedule with James,
call the Salon at 816-363-4247

Christin R.


Christin brings with her a childhood dream of being a hair stylist. At a young age she was practicing on her brother's hair with her steam curling iron. She brings to Salon Mir, the experience of being a former salon owner and her knowledge of several coloring lines and many hands-on techniques. She attended the L'Oreal Professionnel SOHO Academy in NYC and loves to share her educational discoveries with others.  Also a Kansas City native, Christin loves being a local girl, with ties to the Brookside and Waldo communities.

​Favorite L'Oréal Professionnel product - Volume Envy mousse
Favorite Movie - Coalminer's Daughter
Favorite Book - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah​

To schedule with Christin,
call her at 816-694-9694

Kat D.


Relocated to Kansas City from Southern California, Kat has a love of learning and never-ending enthusiasm for her career as a Hair Stylist. She loves precision cutting (influenced by Vidal Sassoon) and has a ever-growing confidence with new color techniques. She regularly attends classes for more education including L'Oreal Professionnel color, lightening methods, fashion/fantasy colors, and current trends with foil/color placement and hands-on styling. As a Waldo resident, she is happily married and a proud "momma" of two rambunctious felines, a Yorkie and an English Bulldog.

​Favorite L'Oréal Professionnel product - Mythic Oil Milk leave-in conditioner
Favorite Movie - Dogma
Favorite Book - The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

To schedule with Kat,
call her at  816-729-7424 or online at www.katdefreece.com



Takako “Coco” joins the Salon Mir family by way of Tokyo, Japan. Having been in Kansas City since she moved to the US, she brings with her over 20+ years of knowledge, expertise and continuing education. She is fantastic with blonding techniques, including hand painted balayage methods. She also is very talented with bridal and special even up-dos. A student of the Vidal Sassoon cutting program, she has also attended various continuing educational classes for  foiling, hand-painting, up-dos, blondes, etc. Coco is the happy mother of a daughter and son along with a very rambunctious Australian Shepard, Gracie.

To schedule with Coco,
call her at 816-726-1341