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The Heart of Salon 51: Barbara Ann Ives


Just east of Andrews and Prospect Road on the north side of the street in the plaza is Salon 51. Salon 51 is a salon “for all ages-the young and the young at heart”! From the receptionist to the hairdressers to the nail technician, the Salon 51 team is made up of dedicated professionals. They make their clients smile and feel good, and for that reason they have kept coming back, year after year, for 32 years!

So what is the secret to Salon 51’s long time success? It is, no doubt, the the charisma of Salon 51’s owner, Barbara Ann Ives. 

Growing Up In Oakland Park

Barbara Ann’s grandfather owned Becker Window Parts and Service in Oakland Park when she was growing up. He was very involved in the community. He would ride his truck in the Youth Day Parade each year. She remembers being a child on the back of her grandfather’s truck riding in the Parade. 

“I grew up loving Oakland Park. I have lived in California, I have been all over, but I keep coming back here.”

Raising A Family In Oakland Park

Oakland Park has been Barbara Ann’s home for years now. She is the mother of two young men, Kevin and Matthew, and both were raised right here in Oakland Park. They both graduated from Northeast High School. Kevin went on to serve in the Army and is an Iraq veteran. Matthew, who lives in Wilton Manors, will be starting law school soon. Barbara Ann beams  when speaking of them, she could not be more proud of her sons and the two wonderful men they have become.

Because she grew up her and raised her family here, Oakland Park has a special place in her heart and that is why she loves giving back to the community. She feels that giving back, is an essential part of her being good citizen of the City in which she grew up. 

Giving Back To The Community

After Hurricane Dorian Barbara Ann spearheaded efforts to collect donations to those affected in the Bahamas. She called Channel 10 and offered her salon as a collection point. After she collected rooms full of donations she trucked them over to the main collection points.

While this was Barbara Ann’s most recent contribution to the community, it is not her first, nor will it be her last. 

Barbara Ann offered Salon 51 as a collection point after Hurricane Dorian.

On her days off she often takes care of clients that can’t make it to the salon. The day before I interviewed her she had gone to two clients’ homes. Both of them suffer from dementia and coming to the salon is very difficult. So Barbara Ann went to them. 

After the Salon closes Barbara Ann will give haircuts to the homeless and wash their clothes. Recently she was inducted into Oakland Park Kiwanis. As part of Kiwanis Barbara Ann, plans on giving out 500 free haircuts to underprivileged children. “It does not bother me one bit if all 500 of them come back… Just call first“, she says jokingly. 

Barbara Ann is now part of Kiwanis.

In October of 2019, she hosted a haircut-a-thon  for breast cancer awareness. Together she and her staff raised over $250 which was donated to the American Cancer society. 

Barbara Ann was inducted into Oakland Park’s Kiwanis chapter late last year. OP Kiwanis is a powerhouse of charitable work in our community and through them Barbara Ann intends to spread the love even more. 

She relates that she always tries to do as much as she can and is always looking for a place to deposit her goodwill and love of helping others. 

I want to help in any way I can. I have been here all my life just about so I really want to give back to the community that helped raise me up”.


Becoming a Hairdresser

Barbara Ann never really thought about becoming a hairdresser until a haircut opened her eyes to the possibility. Her husband, at the time, needed a haircut so Barbara Ann picked up some shears and cut his hair. When her mother-in-law saw the do, she said “It looks great, why don’t you become a hairdresser?“. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Barbara Ann went to beauty school and scored the 2nd highest on her entrance exam and state boards. Since then a whole new world of opportunities has opened up for her. She has done work in theater, for commercials, print work and even for funeral homes. It was not what she initially thought it was and gained a new respect for the world of beauty, “It is a science, it is an art“, she conveys.

Opening Salon 51

Her first salon was 750 square feet and was in the same plaza as the current Salon 51. She wanted to expand in order “to create a place where people could come to not only feel better looking, but feel better internally“.

According to Barbara Ann, that dream almost cost her her shirt though. It took her two and a half years to move into the new spot and all the while she was paying both rents. But in her characteristically positive style she shares “No guts, no glory! In this space we can do hair, nails, skincare, everything”.

And just as she dreamed, people leave Salon 51 feeling a lot better about themselves. Barbara Ann has no regrets about the struggle it took her to get here, “the higher the risk, the higher the reward” she exclaims.

Salon 51, A Salon For All, The Young and Young At Heart

Her desire to do good by others is evident in the way she runs her business. She has a staff of 13 that is as diverse as their skill set when it comes to hair. According to Barbara Ann, it doesn’t matter what kind of hair a person has, they can cut hair types from any race. When she speaks of her staff she is clearly proud of the talent she has brought together to form the Salon 51 family: “We are family and I love my people”.

Barbara Ann and her Salon 51 family.

On any given day you can walk into to Salon 51 and there she will be with a smile from ear to ear ready to make you feel great about yourself.  Just like Barbara Ann’s heart, her salon is “for all, the young and young at heart“. 


8 Responses

  1. Would love to see Barbara Ann assume a more formal leadership role in Oakland Park…all would benefit.

  2. Wonderful article, and all so true, have been a friend, client, and admirer for well over 25 years,

  3. I love that girl. Barbara Ann is nothing but sweet wonderful and awsome.
    She is amazing with color. My hair color has not been correct since I moved away. She is a gift from God!

  4. I can’t be More Proud of my Precious Friend! I’ve watched her struggle and accomplish her Dreams for this Salon. She planted her feet, and and always looked ahead, trusting God every step of the way. I Love you my Precious Friend! YOU ROCK

  5. I have had the privilege of knowing Barbara for 4 years now. She is the Chaplin at Oakland Park Elks Lodge #2407. Barbara has been doing my hair for about 4 years and I leave her salon feeling good about myself. As the article states Barbara has worked her tail off for many years to get to where she is today, I can’t be more proud of this hard working, dedicated lady than I am right now. I AM ALSO SO PROUD TO CALL BARBARA MY FRIEND that I love so much. Keep up the great work Barb.

  6. I love this salon and Barbara Anne. I’ve been going there for over 10 years. My whole family are customers. Barb has a huge heart for the community and her customers. She is a master hair colorist and an exceptional hair stylist. I have been a witness to kindness and heart for people. Please stop by Salon 51 for a great hair cut and a family environment❤️

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