When I was asked to head to Fenton for this article, my first thought was I need to find that special nugget that separates this establishment from other salons. That wouldn’t take long.
At my appointment two weeks ahead of Siren Salon & Spa’s grand opening in June, I was greeted by 27-year-old salon manager Bonnie Withey. Her bright red lipstick and pretty smile weren’t the first thing I noticed. Instead it was the black retro T-shirt she was sporting with Johnny Depp on the front. Can you say cool? We sat down and I quickly learned this was no ordinary salon and spa.
“Two things that I have been obsessed with my whole life is art and making people feel good,” says Withey.
After being approached to manage the new salon, Withey was given free rein to design the new facility. Art, color and a fun energy are evident at the salon, which opened in February.
“I wanted to pinch myself. I couldn’t believe this opportunity was here,” says Withey.
“We now have five stylists and I wanted high energy. Our spa side is very calm and soothing, but over here we have music. There’s a lot of salons in Fenton with more spa-style waterfall music. We want it to be more upbeat and fun.”
The environment is unique, from the massive eclectic art displayed over the front desk to the eye-catching industrial-size metal toolboxes used for storage at stylists’ stations. There’s also a Try Me Station where clients can sample retail products.
Withey explains the majority of the stylists specialize in fun and vivid hair colors, and one does tooth gem design.
“I just wanted to create a space that was very creative and eclectic where everyone feels comfortable.” —Bonnie Withey
“I think I’m the only stylist in the area who does tooth gems,” says Chelsea Haines, Siren Salon & Spa stylist. The $50 procedure installs a jewel design on one tooth using the same adhesive used on braces. It lasts for up to a year without causing any damage.
The staff is also well equipped to deliver to conservative clients. “My thing is retro styles and senior citizens,” says Withey. “I like to do retro roller sets, which no one seems to do anymore. I’ve always loved them. This industry is about connecting with people and I really connect with seniors.”
Moments later a walk-in customer enters the salon requesting a haircut. Withey turns to her stylists, who are gathered quickly eating some lunch.
“Anyone have time for a cut?” she asks. One of the stylists quickly pushes her lunch aside and heads to the front area.
“We need to hire more people because we are getting too busy for walk-ins,” Withey says as she smiles.
“Just because we look very bright and vibrant, at the end of the day we want to make everyone feel welcome. In other environments I always felt Iike the black sheep. So I just wanted to create a space that was very creative and eclectic where everyone feels comfortable. I want anyone who comes to Siren to know they’ll be taken care of.”
Siren Salon & Spa is located on the corner of Owen and Jennings Roads.
Tuesday – Friday | 10 AM – 8 PM
Saturday | 10 AM – 4 PM
Appointments can be scheduled online at http://sirensalonandspa.com/.