In addition to serving as senior editor for American Salon, Jolene Turner is responsible for spearheading the publication's digital media activities. Turner writes and researches topics related to hair and skincare, from new technological advancements to what salon owners are doing to make their businesses a success. Outside of work, Jolene volunteers for the NYC-based non-profit Anjellicle Cats Rescue and writes and performs comedy theater.
One of America’s oldest cities but with a youthful community, Boston shows that when put to the test, its determination and strong sense of unity will always prevail. The same can be said for these three salons. —Jolene Turner
Camille Albane Paris
This spring, renowned French beauty establishment Camille Albane Paris debuted its U.S. flagship salon in Boston. Headed by the company’s U.S. Artistic Director Nicolas Tisler, the shop’s six stylists create European hairstyles in the two-level 1,800-square-foot space on Newbury Street. Tisler notes they chose to open the flagship location in Boston because it’s one of the oldest cities in America and is quite fashion-forward. “We want to bring chic urban Rive Gauche sophistication to Boston’s stylish Newbury Street,” Tisler says, referencing the French verbage for a lifestyle of bohemianism and artistic creativity. Specialties include numerous moisturizing treatments and balayage options including the brand’s most popular service that utilizes traditional painting techniques for highlights. Camille Albane Paris is also fully stocked with its exclusive line of products made with ingredients such as shea butter, açaí berry and henna.
In Stock: Camille Albane Paris
In business for three years in downtown Boston, Trephin owners Brian Rand and Moe Smith are more concerned about keeping the shop’s intimate spirit intact than increasing the 1,200-square-foot space. “A while back we had the opportunity to expand into the empty shop next door, but decided it didn’t fit in with our initial goal of being ‘neighborhoody’ and simply offering good services,” Rand says. The two—along with three other stylists educated within the Trephin brand by Rand, Smith and outside instructors—put their focus on strong communications with the clientele. One way they ensure this is by booking 60- to 90-minute appointments so clients never feel rushed. In turn, customers treat the salon as an extension of their home; it’s equipped with bowls of fresh fruit in the summer and cozy blankets at the wash station during the winter. Rand notes that the guests’ needs always come first so they leave the salon looking and feeling good. “We want to be known for our craft and for being honest with our clients,” he says.
In Stock: Evo, Kevin.Murphy, Redken, Use Me
Salon Eva Michelle
On the second floor of a historic building along Boston’s famed Newbury Street sits Salon Eva Michelle, a beauty hot-spot with a funky aesthetic and an interior with an open floor plan so the staff’s full focus goes straight to the customer. “Our mission is to create unique and innovative hairstyles inspired by our clients,” says Michelle Lee who co-owns the business with Eva Mustafai. After years of working side-by-side at New York Fashion Week and educational events throughout the country, Lee and Mustafai teamed up to open the salon in 2011. Since then, Salon Eva Michelle has received numerous accolades, including making Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston list in 2012. Beyond daily styling at the salon, the business’ 13 designers, including Lee and Mustafai, coif models for Boston Fashion Week and use their talents for philanthropic purposes like Celeste-A-Thon, a benefit held for Celeste Corcoran, a stylist who lost both legs during the marathon bombing. “As Bostonians, this is what we do,” Lee says.
In Stock: DermOrganic, Nioxin, Oribe Hair Care, Soma