re • ac • tion


a person's ability to respond physically and mentally to external stimuli.


At Reaction, we pride ourselves on our ability and desire to listen, to clearly communicate, to respond to each client with ease and respect, and to precisely execute the given project with enthusiasm and ingenuity.


Reaction Salon was founded in 2008 by two friends, Paola DiMauro and Marci Baggiero, who went to Cosmetology school together and have been working together as stylists for years. After having been in a large, fast-paced salon for a long time, they both decided it was time to branch off on their own and that is when Reaction was born!

Reaction is a small salon located conveniently on Farmington Avenue (rt. 4) in Farmington CT. There are currently 5 full-time stylists, and 1 part-time stylist on board with Reaction. All six stylists have unique training and strengths which marry perfectly to serve all of our clients in the most efficient and exciting way possible. Paola and Marci are constantly educating themselves and their team with the latest products, trends, and techniques. 

With team training and education collectively ranging internationally from Toni & Guy, Vidal Sassoon, TIGI, Goldwell, Redken, Wella, Davines, Keratin Complex, and the Doves; Reaction Salon houses some of the best and most fine-tuned hair artists in the area. 

Our colorists specialize in the latest coloring techniques; hair painting, balayage, ecaille, pastels, rooting, and more. But most importantly, they are able to perfectly execute their work with ease and without the slightest bit of pretension. At Reaction, our clients are not just clients, they're family.


the Team


Paola DiMauro


Paola's career began at The Gallery in Farmington, Connecticut in 1995, at just 16 years of age, where she remained until 2007. Here she studied with the owner, a former Toni and Guy educator. She attended the New England School of Hairdressing in Connecticut as well as the Toni and Guy Academy of Hairdressing in Dallas, Texas. Here she learned followed a very intense and precise cutting education program where the foundation for her passion of hair was created. Paola has trained with Goldwell, Wella, Redken, Toni and Guy, Pureology, and Keratin Complex. She continues to further educate herself in the world of hair trends with continuing education through various color and product lines. Paola specializes in both color and cutting.





Marci began her career in hair in 1998. She also worked at The Gallery Salon in Farmington, Connecticut where she studied the art of hair coloring under the supervision of the salon's senior colorist and former Goldwell educator. Years of intensive coloring education has led Marci to a place where she can clearly and precisely execute any coloring technique, without compromising the health and well-being of the hair. She has a special focus and interest in creating bright, healthy, shiny tones of blondes. Marci has also trained with Redken, Wella, Goldwell, Tigi, Pureology and Keratin Complex and Brazilian Blowout, and continues to educate herself through product and color classes.



Kristina Heizman

Kristina has over 25 years experience as a master stylist, specializing in cutting & coloring. She has worked as a color educator for Wella which included platform education training with world renowned educators Terri Dougherty and The Doves. Kristina also has advanced training in cutting with Toni & Guy. Kristina's clear and precise communication skills paired with her extensive knowledge of her craft makes her an indispensable asset to Reaction.



Jamie Tyler

Jamie Tyler, a Goldwell and Wella certified master colorist with twenty- five years of experience is a color and lightening specialist who is passionate about her craft. Opportunities in color education have allowed her to travel the United States extensively to stay current in hair trends and to acquire the latest color techniques. Jamie loves the collaborative process with her clients, patiently listening and creatively suggesting to achieve great end results. With hair as her canvas, she displays an organic understanding of the complexities of color and light. Jamie's longevity in the industry assures a skill set that will be unmatched to realize each client's unique beauty.



Katelyn McCandless


Katelyn started her career in cosmetology school at Boca Beauty Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, and she finished her schooling at New England School of Hairdressing in Connecticut. She then began working at the Gallery Salon. Over the next four years she expanded her knowledge in haircutting, coloring, and styling. Katelyn has continued to further her education in the industry by taking advanced cutting classes from Toni and Guy academy in New York and Dallas, product knowledge classes with various haircare lines, and is also a certified Goldwell colorist. She uses Goldwell, Wella, and Schwartzkopf color. Katelyn specializes in cutting, coloring, keratin treatments, as well as up do styling for weddings and events.



Jennifer Marcuson

Jennifer began her career in the industry in 2002 while assisting under the former Toni and Guy Regional Art Director in Connecticut, and owner of the Gallery Salon of Farmington, CT . She received training in color with Goldwell and Wella, and in cutting and styling with Toni and Guy, Bumble and Bumble, and Wella. In 2006 she moved to Brooklyn New York to study art and continued fine-tuning her talents in the world of hair. She received further color education with Davines and developed a unique personal style while working alongside and learning from colleagues and mentors who studied hair all over the world. She currently resides in Quebec City where she works as a freelance stylist, colorist and makeup artist for events and photoshoots. She is also a portrait, wedding, and lifestyle photographer. 

Jennifer works as a freelance stylist with Reaction when she is in Connecticut, usually one weekend a month.