An Asheville Hair Affair

It was a cold winter night. I had been running around the City of Asheville for weeks, so much that my hair was gaining length. I reached out to her several times, asking for just a little piece of her time, a few moments to cut me down to size; but she could not. I wandered aimlessly for a few more days, with hope still alive. Then she appeared, but not the one I originally sought. She touched my hair, looked into my eyes, and saw my bare soul. It was then I fell into her chair, spread my hair, as the scissors began to cut away the locks.

Weeks later, the one who owned my hair reached out to me. I then went to see her. She smiled, grabbed my head, felt the length of it, and said “someone has had a hair affair.” I felt exposed, violated; as if I cheated on a lover I had dedicated my heart to. But it was not my heart, it was my hair. And she was not my lover, but my hair stylist. I bowed my head in shame and said “it is true.” I then poured my heart out to her about how lost and lonely my hair was without her, how another had trimmed me away; and how I was swept off my feet for a moment. But now I had come back.

With the many folks that we meet, and all of the ends of town that we visit regularly; some of us get our hair cut at a few different places. I mean a good hairstylist or barber is busy, especially when then get well known, and sometimes there are scheduling conflicts, many times ours. We may have a photo shoot or video to do suddenly in the next day or so, and it is too short of a notice for them. So sometimes with our schedules we need backup. Now there are hundreds of barbers and stylists out there, but we wanted to introduce you to two that we know and have experienced; plus a mention of a third. We actually sent some questions over to them so you could learn a little bit more about who they are and what they do. Please read:

Asheville Hair - Love, Daisy

Jenna is a stylist at Love, Daisy. She has been in the hair industry for seven years and has worked in Michigan, Hendersonville, now Downtown Asheville. Jenna specializes in Color & Style, and also does cutting, event styling, bridal, extensions, and waxing. “As a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon, we are always learning and growing as stylists. I am a National Educator for Paul Mitchell, traveling and teaching in salons, and working hair shows. My goal is to give you hair that makes you feel confident and beautiful.” When asked about the shop, she said.. “we are a hair salon and tattoo studio with a laid back environment of individuals passionate about their craft.” When she is not crafting hair, Jenna likes to ride and show horses, and spend lots of time in the great outdoors. For an appointment, you can call or text 828-707-3991 or online at Style Seat.

Asheville Hair - Shear Shack

Shasta is a stylist at the Shear Shack in South Asheville, and she is the 6th person shown in this fine line of stylists. She has been cutting hair for over 16 years, starting her career in Knoxville Tennessee for Regis for about seven years. Since then she has experienced several angles in the salon industry ranging from quick calculated cuts at Great Clips to personally pampering clients at Adelaide Spa & Salon. Shear Shack, which is a fashion forward & quality haircare Keratin Complex salon, is locally owned and operated, has been in the Asheville area since 1977, and was recently bought by Christina Robinson. Shasta offers cuts, colors, up-styles, smoothing treatments, and facial waxing. She also specializes in razor cutting, businessmen cuts, and dimensional foiling. Shasta says “I am excited and inspired by others, and enjoy working as a team.” When she is not cutting hair, she spends time with her family, traveling, the great outdoors, exercising, photography, and being artistic. For an appointment, you can either call the salon at 828-274-4490, or call or text 228-238-9811.

Also if you are in Hendersonville North Carolina, check out Christine at Lux Salon!

Maybe you have a favorite hair stylist in the Asheville area that you would like to mention. Or maybe you are one that we should know about. Comment below and tell us more about this person. Thank you!

Great to meet Danielle and Salon Roche’ in Asheville

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While visiting the Piano Emporium in Asheville on Hendersonville Rd, we noticed that there were many other businesses in the building. We saw that Salon Roche’ was listed. We have seen them on Twitter and followed them on Instagram; but now we were ready to stop by. We headed up the stairs and entered a large hair studio that was very comfortable; with beautiful decor to make it the perfect setting. I wanted to sit down and wait to get my hair cut just to enjoy the atmosphere. I met a vibrant business owner named Danielle, and I said “I want to do a story on you and show the community what you have up here.” I came back at a later date to take photos, and then we asked Danielle some questions about what she has going on at her studio. Here is what she told us:

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My name is Danielle Roche’ Hall-White and my business is Salon Roche’. We are located on 830 Hendersonville Road Suite #1 Asheville, NC 28803; and the phone number is 828-298-4503. First off, Salon Roche’ offers a breathtaking and serene atmosphere. When you walk in, peace and relaxation overtake you. Next we offer our clients professional service topped off with healthy hair and signature haircuts. I started in the beauty industry over 25 years ago. I worked at New Images Hair Fashion under the tutelage of the belated Deborah Caroll-Johnson. New Images was located in downtown Asheville in the early 90’s and moved on to J.C. And Company Hair Studio in 1992. I always knew I wanted to own my on salon as a teen. I always thought that my belated aunt Patsy Louise Edgerton would be co-owner with me. Her untimely death left me to do it on my own.

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I wanted to open a salon that was beyond the traditional stereotype most salons have. We are a multicultural salon! We are capable of caring for most hair types. I also wanted a place where clients could come and relax while we cater to them. I opened my very first salon in 2000 (Danielle’s Upper Room Hair Studio) on Merrimon Avenue above The Toy Box. Closed in late 2002 because I got married! I moved away to Raleigh and worked between Asheville (Pierre’s Hair Studio) and Raleigh (Yours and Mine Hair Studio) Devoting two weeks (rotating schedule) here in Asheville and two in Raleigh. I did that for three and a half years until I moved back to Asheville after the unexpected and tragic death of my older sister Sherry and finding out I was miraculously expecting our first son. Thank God I never gave my clients up here because it enabled me to re-open what is now Salon Roche’.

The main people currently involved in Salon Roche’ are myself, Andrea Greenwood-Miles (Stylist), Miracle Tinch (Salon Coordinator and Shampoo Assistant), Alana Austin (Salon Assistant). Our ideal customer are women who have experienced any kind of damage to their hair! We are well known for our restorative treatments for damaged, abused and neglected hair. We mostly cater to a professional clientele. What I like most about Salon Roche’ is our beautiful clients! These women have been and are so supportive in my dream. They push me/us to be the best that we can be. If I have to point out another aspect or part of my business I like is our peaceful atmosphere. We are a Christ centered salon and so we serve from a biblical perspective. I believe our beliefs and practice of them encourages a spirit of peace and rest for all who come through our doors.

What sets us apart is that we are not like traditional salons. You will find upon visiting us for an hour or two that there is a calmness and friendliness in Salon Roche’. Clients can usually pick up on a messy environment. We pride ourselves in distancing ourselves from that stereotype. Something else that sets us apart is that we roll out the “Red Carpet for our clients everyday! We offer appointment concierge which gives our clients appointment reminders the day before, we offer beverages and lite snacks, we give them foot stools and pillows while they are under the hair dryers. We really spoil them and love on them while they are with us. The best part about it is that it’s genuine, because we care and want them to feel it every time they visit Salon Roche’. Plans to expand to a full service day spa are in the works! Hopefully within the next five years.

Many contributed to the success of Salon Roche’ but I would like to thank Sandy Gilbeuax (My local Dudley product distributor), because I’ve known Sandy since I started out in the business.

You can find Danielle and the team on the Salon Roche’ Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Meet Destonie of Lola Salon, downtown Asheville

Lola Salon and Gallery in downtown Asheville is a cute little hair and beauty salon that has some great stylists. They are located right next to City Bakery and right across the street from Aloft Hotel. I have a few friends that go to Lola Salon and they love the creative hair styles and other great options they offer. Services include Haircuts, Color, special occasion styles, make-up, extensions, straightening, and waxing.

Destonie has been a vibrant part of the Asheville community for a long time. I have known her for years and have bumped into her on many occasions. I was at Temptations one night and she was on the floor with a bunch of folks doing the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance. I walked into the Asheville Mall one time and there she was sitting at the desk for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, volunteering to make Christmas brighter for children in need. One time I was on Wall Street downtown and jumped in a 22 passenger limo for a company party, and there she was, with 20 of my other friends! And not too long ago I got to hang out with her at a Tweetup / Faceup social networking event at Tallgarys with RelyLocal and many others. Great times, glad to know her. If you are looking for a local Asheville hair stylist; Destonie would be a great choice.

Lola Salon & Gallery in downtown Asheville NC: 828-236-3456