New salon provides spectrum of services
March 14, 2014
Large windows provide natural light shining into a space with reclaimed wood tables, spray painted angle iron and leather couches and seats. A hairdresser blow-dries a woman’s blonde, curly hair while another washes a woman’s dark brown hair in the "wash house."
Spectrum Salon owner Jim Smith and creative director Gina Cooper have opened a salon they said they wanted to be a calm and peaceful place where clients can relax in while experiencing a spectrum of services: hair care, skincare or makeup.
"There is no other business in this area that provides hair and skin services in a luxury environment at an affordable price," Cooper said. "We have hairdressers, three master aestheticians and certified lash extension specialists, so it’s really all-encompassing."
Smith became one of Cooper’s clients about four years ago, and they realized they both had a connection to the Paul Mitchell Schools. Smith owned two schools and Cooper was a graduate. It was two and a half years ago, Smith said, that they realized there was a need for a salon in the Kimball Junction area and decided it was their duty to fill the void.
Together, they consulted with the Wadsworth Store to design the salon. Designer Xxxx Xxxx then designed the space, and the company built the furniture, chairs, metal frames and separate spaces within the salon.
The main space features a large metal divider with mirrors and leather chairs for clients to relax in while either getting their hair cut or colored or receiving keratin treatments, Brazilian blowouts or getting their hair "blown out."
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"We have an exclusive blow-dry bar menu, so people can come in on a whim and get their hair blown out," Cooper said. "We have nine different styling options, so clients can walk in and have that experience."
The Wash House is a separate room closed off from the main space with glass doors and features large windows and serene music. Black leather chairs attached to matching sinks are where hair dressers wash clients’ hair or provide waxing services.
The Skincare Room is smaller and also closed off from the rest of the salon. Tranquil music, drapes and a light dimmer provide a calm environment while customers receive chemical peels, facials, waxing services, waxing services or lash and eyebrow tinting.
The Color Bar is an area in the main space where Wella Professionals hair color products are on display for clients to choose from.
"Wella is really neat in the sense that you really have to know what you’re doing with the products to custom create tones and colors," Cooper said. "You can’t just pick a box and stick it on someone’s head, so we wanted to put these custom colors on display so people know how customized their experience and their color was."
The hair care and skincare products available for purchase are lines that Smith and Cooper chose based on their health benefits. The products are mostly natural and organic, something Cooper said is in tune with Park City.
Rather than the traditional photos of different hairstyles lining the walls, there are several small squares of color, different shades of blue, a palette Smith said they will change out every three months according to the season.
"We really did want something we could change and decorate for the four seasons to change the mood of the salon a little bit according to what happens quarter to quarter," Smith said. "This is our winter palette, and soon we will be changing it to a brighter spring palette."
Also, in accordance with the Paul Mitchell slogan, "Giving back is the new black," Smith and Cooper said their charity of choice is the Peace House. They provide their services to the women who stay at the local domestic violence shelter and contribute financially to the organization.
While Spectrum Salon is the only one Smith and Cooper own right now, Cooper said they hope to expand and maybe franchise in the future. For now, they are content with serving the community at Kimball Junction and the rest of Park City.
"We are just excited to be a part of the community," Cooper said. "We just had our grand opening and had a really warm welcome from everyone. We are so appreciative of the support."