â€œIt feels like youâ€™re pampering yourself. You step into the dimly lit washroom, start with a head massage,â€ said Christy Oliver, a Fort Collins resident who treats herself to haircuts at Studio Be Salon.
A fresh, enticing, trendy feel greets you as you saunter in the door of Studio Be, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon. Opened five years ago by Ian and Beth Weber, the salon prides itself on staying current and providing the latest fashion advice.
â€œOur girls are down to earth, they have a good hipster attitude,â€ manager Casey Sons said. â€œWe follow trends closely, and I think that makes CSU students feel more comfortable here.â€
Oliver agrees that the salon has some of the most talented, knowledgeable stylists.
â€œI donâ€™t feel like I have to know a lot about whatâ€™s in style or what I want,â€ Oliver said. â€œTheyâ€™re really good at giving me something that looks amazing and trendy.â€
With such high client expectations, Studio Be stylists must undergo a six-month internship before they are allowed to become full-time stylists at the salon.
Sons said there is an â€œelement systemâ€ rating stylists from one to five based on criteria such as percentage of rebooking, number of years with Studio Be and number of years of study.
â€œThis allows for a lot of price ranges for everyone,â€ Sons said.
And the great prices donâ€™t just go for the stylists. As a Paul Mitchell salon, Studio Be only offers those products.
â€œItâ€™s an affordable, professional line that will offer you the best styling aides,â€ Sons said. â€œWe believe in the product. Itâ€™s an amazing company with good products for cheap.â€
Oliver also prides the company on their product choice, and especially how the stylists use them.
â€œI get products there because itâ€™s convenient. They will show me what the products do on my hair and show me how to style with them,â€ she said. â€œThe big plus is I can just walk in and say, â€˜Do what you want,â€™ and they make me look spectacular.â€
_Kelly Bleck is editor in chief of College Avenue Magazine and can be reached at email@example.com. _
Head to the salon
Studio Be Salon
15 Old Town Square, Suite 131
Monday â€“ Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.