Salon Tour: Heaven A Hair Boutique

Meg Psiharis | November 14, 2017 | 9:39 AM
A turquoise chandelier and matching decorative glassware provide a fun splash of color that pops against the white surfaces of the furniture.
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The main reception desk for client check in a high gloss white finish emphasizes the natural light and clean, elegant mood of the salon.
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Overview photo of the styling area that shows the design considerations for the windows and use of freestanding furniture.
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Special attention was given to the selection of the styling stations with a side positioned cabinet within the floor plan to remain distant from the windows.
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The color bar features dropped light fixtures recommended by Salon Interiors designer Milton Santos to focus lighting on the work space.
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A custom designed color bar with product storage and the Salon Interiors Ghost chair. Instead of on-chair foot rests, the counter incorporates a floor mounted bar rail.
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The low profile custom built shampoo cabinets featured behind the backwash shampoo sinks, accounts for the locations of the windows.
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Task specific blow out stations provide a location for necessary product and tool storage.
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A secondary "Check Out Desk" for client management and scheduling after salon visits features a removable glass top enabling the salon to change the display contents.
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A close up of the refreshment bar shows the LED accent lighting.
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The salon's client waiting area contains retail product shelving and a custom design full service "refreshment bar" that includes refrigeration and storage to provide beverages and snacks.
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Heaven A Hair Boutique
Florham Park, NJ

Co-Owners: Renee Sudol and Ron Sudol
Date of Opening: March 24, 2015
Description of Style: Traditional/Modern
Square Footage: 3,538 Sq Feet
Number of Styling Stations: 10 Cutting/8 Color Bar/2 Blow Out/2 Make Up
Other Services: Keratin
Number of Treatment Rooms: 1
Salon Furniture: Salon Interiors Custom Design Cabinetry and Salon Interiors Euro Collection
Retail Lines: Kerastase and L'Oreal
Color lines: L'Oreal
Design Firm: Salon Interiors
Architect: George Held

Heaven A Hair Boutique owner Renee Sudol began her career 25 years ago and has worked with premiere names in the beauty industry, traveling around the United States and Europe to attend classes with many top rated salon product companies. She developed a love for Keratase and chose to be a L'Oreal based salon while visiting the L'Oreal Academy in Barcelona, Spain. Over the years, she has increased her product knowledge and professional skills with certifications in many additional companies, such as Wella, Framesi, Nioxin, Great Lengths, and of course, L'Oreal.

After many years standing behind a styling chair, Renee decided that it was time to ascend to a new level of the business by opening her own salon with her brother and her partner, Ron. She had a vision to create a lavish environment that featured exclusive artistry combined with the best atmosphere and experience for her clients.

The location that Renee found for her salon exceeded her expectations, with surrounding windows that provided a sunlit and serene setting. However, the perfection of the extensive natural lighting presented a challenge to the salon design by limiting available wall space.

To transform the space into the salon, Renee and Ron chose to work with Milton Santos of Salon Interiors in South Hackensack, NJ. "Working with Milton from Salon Interiors was an amazing experience. His knowledge of floor plans, materials, and measurements made this project run quite smoothly. He was patient and kind. Milton was determined to turn my dream into a reality," says Renee. "He even took the time to adjust our architect's lighting plans and correct the lighting direction."

To accommodate the limited wall issues, the floor plan had to incorporate all free standing styling stations, low-height cabinetry and backwash shampoo units that would all stand on open floor space. Furniture color selections called for basic white or soft muted grey finishes, with pops of bright turquoise in the chandelier and decorative glassware throughout the salon. In addition, Renee wanted to have a "focal point" that promoted interaction and creativity between staff and guests; this inspired a state-of-the-art color bar that features product storage and an open dispensary. The use of transparent hydraulic Ghost chairs contributes to the open and calm atmosphere.

Renee's favorite part of owning a salon and working in the beauty industry is making people feel good about themselves. "There are not too many industries where you can be in someone's intimate space, creating an experience where they can relax and spend some time on themselves, while keeping them on trend," she says. "I am blessed to have an amazing team of stylists that have 20 years of experience. They are experts in hair culture and strive to educate our upcoming assistants, strengthening our team from the inside. They have adopted my dream and we are striving to create the most impeccable hair experience for our guests."

The Heaven mission statement says it all: "To provide an inviting lavish experience, mingled with warm personality in an unrivaled, graceful surrounding of exclusive artistry...heaven ".

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