Top hair fashion since 1942
By 1962 Kirsti Virho had expanded the business to three salons, bringing the latest international trends in hairdressing
Kirsti´s daughter Liisa followed in her mother´s footsteps, and at the age of 14 took care of her first client:
"I cut my friend´s long hair short for her confirmation picture" Liisa recalls.
Liisa learnt to cut and style men´s hair in Helsinki with Master Barber Tiainen, and later studied more at a salon in
Wiesbaden, Germany where she realised "the best teacher is my mother Kirsti."
From generation to generation
In 1987 the hair salon ownership transferred from mother to daughters. Liisa Virho-Kilponen became the
sole owner of the family business in 1998 and opened a new salon in Pekurinkulma, moving in 2006 to Kirkkokatu 4. A second Oulu salon was opened in Stockmann, in 2010.
In spring 2017 Salon Virho moved to the present Oulu premises at Hallituskatu 11A1, and in the autumn opened a salon in Helsinki for the first time, at Fabianinkatu 4.
Liisa considers her most important professional achievements the Global Salon Business Awards, 2004 in London and '
2008 in Hollywood. Also, she says "Being president of Haute Coiffure Française Finland and representing Finland at the
Louvre, Paris shows are wonderful memories."
Liisa and her team arrange various events in Oulu, including charity gala events and hair shows. Everyone in the
company helps to design and organise the charity galas in Oulu to raise money for children with special needs. Thanks to
the celebrities, local companies and business partners who take part, the events are a huge success. Salon Virho also
provides hairstyling and demonstrations for major fashion shows in Helsinki and Paris.
The third generation
Kirsti Virho, the grand old lady, continued to work in her own little hair salon until 2008. Her faithful clients included some
who had been with her for sixty years. During her career, Kirsti trained over 80 salon professionals and left a permanent
mark on the history of Finnish hairdressing.
Salon Virho is Finland's oldest family hairdressing business and will continue to be so also in the future “Both my
daughter Tiina, and my son Sami, are working for Salon Virho´ says Liisa happily.