A quick look south of Montrose Downtown towards the San Juan Mountains will tell you that winter is upon us and the changing weather offers a great opportunity to give yourself a new look. So whether you’re looking for something as drastic as a change in hair color or just a seasonal twist to your manicure, expert help abounds for both men and women.
We sat down with a few salon owners to get the low down on the newest trends and the joy of operating a business in Montrose Downtown.
Erin Liles, the owner of Salon Polished, opened the salon back in June 2012. “During beauty school I knew I would open a salon. I gave myself a goal of two years to learn the ins and outs of the industry,” she says. “I wanted it to have a big city vibe and atmosphere with a hometown feeling with a team of top-notch artists.”
“I started off small as I needed to learn how to work with and manage a group of artists. For anyone that has worked with creative people they understand it is a very fine balance,” she says of her team. “I wanted to make sure not to stifle my teammates and fellow artists but I also wanted to find a balanced group of individuals that could work together and use their talents to create the finest ‘art’ together.”
Liles wants her clients to the full professional experience but at the same time be comfortable, as if they were at a friend’s house.
Salon Polished offers an extensive range of products and services including cuts, colorings (including advanced techniques like Balayage), extensions and perm/texture services. Also on offer are eyelash extensions, acrylic nails and luxurious pedicures, as well as a permanent make-up artist that offers microblading (feather stroke semi permanent eyebrows) and lash line enhancement. And there are also services that you aren’t likely to find in too many other salons, such as skin micropigmentation, a process that implants hair follicles with pigment to create the illusion of fuller hair.
Liles opened Salon Polished downtown because she says there is something special about downtowns. “They are the heartbeat of small towns,” she says.
DaLee Salon and Spa
A firmly established business in Montrose Downtown, DaLee Salon and Spa will celebrate a decade of business this month. Owner Ashley Bates, who worked at the salon since the very beginning, took over in 2015.
More than a just a hair salon, DaLee offers hair services, nail services, skincare, waxing, and eyelash extensions. And with a location on the corner of Main Street and Park Avenue, the salon is highly visible which helps attract not just the locals, but visitors too.
“We do feel downtown has been good for us as a salon,” Bates says. “We get locals and travelers visiting the area. We love hearing all the different adventures people have been in in Colorado and the surrounding areas,” she says.
“As seasons change we do see trends,” she says. “For the fall/winter we are definitely seeing our clients ask for darker and warmer tones. Balayage is often requested we get, but textured curls are on trend right now, too.”
And with a licensed barber that offers full-service barbering, DaLee isn’t just for women. “For men, straight razor shaves are definitely a trend we are seeing more and more as well as old-school barbering in general.”
And, in celebration of the salon’s 10-year anniversary, DaLee has undergone a makeover of its own with revamped exteriors and interiors.
All Tangled Up
Opening in November of 2016, All Tangled Up offers hair and nail services such as haircuts for both kids and adults, colors, highlights, blowouts, perms, gel manicures, pedicures and artificial nails.
“Everyone goes dark for fall/winter,” says Kiley Nicholas. “Dark reds and dark red balayage are both very popular this year. And men are tending to do more and more high fades with long lengths on top.”
As for why she decided to open her salon in Montrose Downtown, Nicholas says it was a combination. “I really liked the location, the building, and I thought it would be great to be centrally located,” she says.
“I think being downtown has definitely helped the business. Having a busy street to market to always helps.”
Ready for a new style this season? Head to Montrose Downtown!