By Kayla Berenson
WAXHAW – After working in a salon studio for 14 years, a popular hairstylist will open a high-end salon of her own Sept. 24.
While some may be hesitant to go to a high-end salon because of the price, Brush’d Salon owner Nikki Bourgeault said the quality of the salon’s stylists and products make the experience worth the cost.
Bourgeault said she has styled shows for New York Fashion Week, worked as the lead makeup artist for an NFL cheerleading team and worked on well-known television shows.
“I think a lot of it is what I have to bring to the table as far as my background and education,” Bourgeault said. “I’ve been in this industry for 14 years. And I have been a leader and have trained each stylist [at Brush’d] individually.”
Bourgeault has also worked as a teacher for stylists at Aveda and currently works as a color educator for the hair brand Kevin Murphy.
The stylists at Brush’d will be frequently re-educated to keep up with the latest trends in hair and makeup. The salon will be open Tuesday through Saturday, with the first two days of the week primarily used for education on current and upcoming fads like the long bob, shag cut and balayage color.
“Education is super important to me for all of our staff,” Bourgeault said. “It’s necessary to keep them up to date with all the new and latest trends, and I want to make sure they are educating their clients as well.”
The personal relationships developed between clients and stylists is also valued at Brush’d, Bourgeault added.
In addition to personal relationships, Bourgeault strives to make a visit to Brush’d a personal hair care and makeup experience for each client.
“We really want to take into account the client’s skin tone, face shape, and other important factors instead of just giving them a standard experience,” Bourgeault said.
To help stylists achieve this goal, Bourgeault said Brush’d Salon will use high-end, high quality products from Kevin Murphy Hair and Jane Iredale Makeup.
“These products can’t be found at a grocery store, Target or CVS,” Bourgeault said. “They are exclusively at this salon.”
Though Bourgeault hopes the experience and products at Brush’d will set it apart from other high-end salons, she also believes her commitment to actively working at the salon while running the business will be unique.
“I think it’s really rare nowadays to actually go into a salon and see the owner there,” Bourgeault said. “And I will be there, working.”
The salon will feature eight salon chairs, three hair washing stations, a makeup station and a selfie wall for clients to take pictures of their hair after their service. Clients will be able to have water, soda or coffee. Prices for services will vary depending on stylists’ experience and education.
Bourgeault is still eager to hire more stylists to hire to work with her team.
“We’re already booking up,” Bourgeault said. “Any stylist that comes in will see their book of business go up.”
Bourgeault plans to hold a grand opening celebration for the salon Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees can expect wine, beer, food and giveaways from Kevin Murphy.
The salon will be located at Rea and Tom Short roads.
“It’s my dream location,” Bourgeault said.