We train to become the

Best of the Best

Becoming the best of the best takes time and energy. At Thompson & Co, we take our training and education very seriously. We push our stylists to learn the newest techniques so they can deliver the perfect haircut every time!


Bobby & Kayla Thompson

Thompson & Co. Salon and Parlor, although founded in spring of 2015, began in early 2007 when Bobby and Kayla Thompson met at the local hair school in beautiful downtown Iowa City. They dreamed of working together one day in a space that would offer not only the best in design work, color, and finishing, but changes the whole hair salon experience for the guest making them feel at home.  After graduating from the University of Iowa, Bobby who had made his way in health promotion, as well as hospitality management, found himself in hair school with the plan of helping his best friend open and run salons. Over his career he has had the privilege of working around the county with some of the most amazing salons and hairdressers. Through this time he found his best strengths were in designs, men’s grooming, balayage, and blowout styles.


Kayla originally from Cascade, Iowa, learned early in life she was born to do hair after styling her mother’s hair in the kitchen at a young age. She attended the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis after high school, and completed the mastering of her skills at a local Aveda salon, where she flourished in color, design, and event styling. Family is so important when it comes to Bobby and Kayla. Not only do they try to make every stylist feel apart of their Thompson family, but guests as well. During their free time, they love spending time with their amazing kids Lola, Logan, and baby number three due in July. They couldn’t ask for a better community to bring them up in. 


Ashton Hastings

Ashton who is originally from Marion, Iowa has now been living in Iowa City for just over five years. After graduating from La James International College, she came across this amazing opportunity to further her career with the opening of Thompson & Co. in 2015. After traveling to Los Angeles and Chicago, she has been able to expand her skills by learning from famous designers such as Sally Hershberger, Chris McMillan, The Davines design team, and Ion design studios. She has then brought her knowledge to the chair to share with every one of her beloved guests.

She enjoys trying out new color and cutting trends, and feels comfortable working with the edgiest styles to clean natural looks.  She is very passionate about each and every guest who sits in her chair, making sure they feel beautiful on the inside and out. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, partaking in all downtown Iowa City has to offer, and meeting new friends to sit in her chair.


Amanda Bornstein

Amanda who was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been working in the cosmetology field since graduating from La’ James International College, and found her fit here at Thompson & Co.


As a child, her Great Uncle owned an old school barbershop where she always loved to spend her time discovering her passion for hair. She loves to create a variety of different trendy looks ranging from sleek and elegant, all the way to sun-kissed and textured colors.  Her goal is to make sure every one of her clients feel like they just left the salon, spending time teaching them the proper techniques and products to use. Amanda believes in the importance of how looking good, makes you feel good as well. She spends the majority of her outside time focusing on her personal health and fitness.


Kristen Brinson

Kristen first started her career in an upscale salon just outside of Tampa, FL. Since coming to Thompson & Co. she has brought over 9 years of experience with her and a strong desire to learn and expand her skills in cosmetology field.


She believes she can make someone’s whole day by changing their hair. She is truly blessed to pursue her passion daily, and loves to utilize her expertise to bring out the inner confidence of each guest who sits in her chair! She excels in all color applications and styling.  With her lively personality and smile, she will even make the coldest Iowa day’s feel like a day spent on the warm Florida beach. In Kristen’s free time, she loves spending time with her husband and two amazing boys living in Mount Vernon.


Shelby Coleman

Shelby who is originally from Burlington, IA is so excited to be advancing her career here in Iowa City. After graduating from Capri College in Cedar Rapids, she found her home here at Thompson & Co.


During her time she not only has fallen in love with the hair industry, but found her passion in makeup as well, even taking classes in special effects makeup in California. From creating beautiful blonde balayage looks, to the bold brow and contour, she is always making sure the whole salon stays on trend with the latest beauty looks. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and her wonderful dogs.

Brandi Ulhenkamp

Brandi who was born and raised in Solon, Iowa started her career by attending Capri College in Cedar Rapids. After visiting and mentoring several salons, she decided to make Thompson & Co her permanent home.


Since starting, Brandi has been exposed to an extensive variety of education. It has included multiple Artego Coloring classes, Keratherapy Smoothing Treatment courses, and even The Art of the Blow-drying by Ergo Brushes. Her favorite part about doing hair is connecting with her guests and building long-term relationships. She loves to get to know each and every person in her chair, and brighten up their day with her positive outlook and chipper disposition. She enjoys natural looks that enhance one’s organic beauty, and has an affinity for balayage, dimensional color, and textured cuts.


During her free time she loves spending time with her family. Whether she is riding around on the back of her Dads motorcycle, on the family boat, taking the dogs for a walk, or cheering on her favorite team the Hawkeyes, she loves to be surround by her loved ones.

Jessica Tow

Another Iowa native, Jessica is from the cozy town of Manning. She found herself attending school at PCI Academy in Ames. Relocating after school to Iowa City, she eventually found her place at Thompson & Co.


She has completed advanced training at the Lake Geneva Salon Centric Hair Show, Wendy Belanger Cutting Class, and Artego advanced color. She loves to create looks based on rich, vibrant colors and specializes in advanced balayage placement and fantasy looks. She like her clients, is never afraid to go bold.


Her free time is spent enjoying a run around the streets of Iowa City, being in nature as well as enjoying Netflix and a great pizza.


Lauren Marck

Lauren is our Salon Coordinator here at Thompson & Co. and is the girl behind the curtain making sure everyday at TCO is smooth. She is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa, majoring in Communication Studies, as well as receiving minors in Event Planning and Writing.


She is the smile that greets you at the door and thanks you for your visit as you leave.  She excels in day-to-day operations, running our social media and creating opportunities to work with other businesses and organizations within the community. During her free time, when she is not spending time with her family and friends, she is taking care of animals. From being the best animal sitter, to taking your dog on a quick walk, she is always available to make your animal super loved.

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