June 2019

2019 Lowcountry Hairstylists

Author: Special to CH2

Brent and Louis Nelsen
Barbers of the Lowcountry

How did you get started?
Deep down, I have always been an entrepreneur and had a dream to work alongside my father, Lou. In November of 1997, it was time for us to make that move to open our own barber shop. On a shoestring budget, things started falling into place. As scary as it was, it was just as exciting.

What is your number one haircare tip?
Use the right product. As a barber shop, we mostly deal with men. What we have noticed over 27-plus years in the industry is not only the need for men’s grooming products, but the lack of knowledge men have on grooming and styling. We like to recommend a product for a man’s hair or beard and teach him how to use it so he can duplicate the style, look and feel.

What was the biggest risk you have taken?
The biggest risk we took was moving our shop to Bluffton from Hilton Head in 2007. Although we lived in Bluffton, all we really knew was Hilton Head Island. But it was time. As a result of moving to Bluffton and completely changing the way we operated, we learned what was missing in the industry and the need men have for the perfect grooming and shaving products. In developing a system of operation, hiring the perfect team and creating several unique revenue sources, it was only natural for us to begin franchising, which just began this year.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love being able to work with my father, and I also love providing an opportunity for barbers to grow in our system—not only in their skill, but careerwise. We love providing a place where men can feel like men and where women feel safe bringing in their little guys for their first haircut. It’s more about the experience for us. We are also fortunate that, as a result of our success, we are able to give back to the community in many different ways.

17 Sherington Dr., Suite F
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-4423

Rachel Mayoh: Enliten Salon

How did you get started?
I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I confessed to my dad that college was not for me, it proved to be life changing. He told me to find a career, so I picked cosmetology school. It was not an obvious choice since I wasn’t the girl who wanted to do everyone’s hair! But soon after I began, I knew my decision was the right one.

Who is your style icon?
Vidal Sassoon. He revolutionized the hair industry with his cutting techniques.

What is your number one hair care tip?
Work with your natural texture and take care of your hair!

Which hair/beauty products and tools are always in your kit?
Aveda Confixor, Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine, at least one bobby pin, my favorite comb and, of course, my favorite shears!

What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
My husband and I moved to Hilton Head Island from Chicago right after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I left my title as creative director at a huge Aveda salon, my clients that I had for over 10 years, and all of my friends to be near my family and live near the beach. As if that wasn’t enough of a change, I opened my first salon when I arrived. Now, 16 years later, I am supported by the best team of stylists, staff and friends ever!

What do you love most about being a stylist?
I love making people feel great about themselves. Looking good and liking your hair can change the way you feel in an instant, and it is an amazing gift to be able to give.

Enliten Salon
37A New Orleans Road
Orleans Plaza
(843) 842-9200

The Hair Designers

How did you get started?
Our aim has always been to provide our guests with a welcoming and satisfying experience. To achieve that goal, we have created a professional workspace for our stylists, where they feel integral to the business, enjoy opportunities for growth, and recognize the benefits in working as a team.

Who is your style icon?
We admire and value every person who is willing to change, to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. It doesn’t have to be a drastic leap. Our stylists bring expert knowledge and guidance in how to get that “new look” that will work best for each individual.

What is your number one hair tip?
Do not shampoo too often! Our stylists can explain how often to shampoo and what conditioner is best in order to keep hair healthy and color vibrant.

Which hair/beauty product and tools are always in your kit?
We are never without a great flat iron and a good comb. With these two items, stunning styles are possible.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
We have a philosophy that nothing is as much a risk as it is an opportunity, and we relish opportunities.

What do you love most about being a stylist?
We love the smiles we see on our guests’ faces when they leave the salon. Knowing that we have contributed to a person’s sense of self-esteem and encouraged a positive frame of mind is enormously gratifying. In essence, it’s why we do what we do. And all indications are that we do it well—and we love that.

1000 William Hilton Parkway
The Village at Wexford, F1
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 686-4247

Julie Parsley

How did you get started?
I always wanted to be a hairdresser, even as a child. I took care of my dolls’ hair! Before going to beauty school, I set my sights on a successful hairdresser I admired and made a path that would allow me to work with him. After attending comprehensive classes and competing, I opened my first salon. A year later, John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS) offered me a position within the company, and the rest is history! It’s not a job for me; it’s an artistic career!

Who is your style icon?
Raquel Welch, Bridgette Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Wintour, and Claudia Schiffer, just to name a few—women who represent power, sex appeal, class and cutting-edge fashion.

What is your number one hair care tip?
Visit your hairdresser every six weeks and use the appropriate products for your individual needs. Hair should be beautiful, healthy and have movement. It’s your best accessory to complement your attitude and outfit.

Which hair/beauty products and tools are always in your kit?
Dry shampoo, working spray, Marula oil, hairpins, deluxe triple teasing comb, Velcro rollers, wand/smoothing iron, and a large round brush.

What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Probably moving here and starting over! LOL! I don’t know. I never considered anything a risk because I’m confident in my art!

What do you love most about being a stylist?
Completely changing a person’s attitude within themselves after having the privilege to create their hairstyle. Their reactions when I’m finished carving their hair say it all. That is fulfillment for me!

(304) 677-4968
@ Deo Valente Hair Salon

Scott Soergel and Amber Gale
shear miracle beauty salon

Scott Soergel

How did you get started?
My first job was in my aunt and uncle’s salon. After three years in college, I decided to take a jump, so I left college, moved to Miami and went to Aveda South Florida.

Who is your style icon?
Rickey Zito and Phillip Wolff.

What is your number one hair tip?
Use professional shampoo and conditioner.

Which hair/beauty product or tool is always in your kit?
The Wet Brush.

What do you love most about being a stylist?
All sorts of people sit in your chair, and growing a relationship with them is amazing. And highlights.

6 Bow Circle Street, A4
(843) 785-4333

Amber Gale

How did you get started?
Growing up, one of my close friend’s mom was a hairdresser, and it always intrigued me.

What is your number one hair tip?
Listen to your hairdresser.

Which hair/beauty products are always in your kit?
Moroccan Oil, Redken triple take 32 hair spray.

Biggest risk you have taken?
Going to cosmetology school after going to USC for four years.

What do you love the most about being a stylist?
The relationships I have with my clients.

6 Bow Circle Street, A4
(843) 785-4333

Jamee Reed: Tara’s at Moss Creek

How did you get started?
I started working under Donna Helene in a little town of Milford, Pennsylvania.

What is your number one hair care tip?
Keratin defrizzing treatment; it’s a must for the summers here.

Which hair/beauty products and tools are always in your kit?
Aquage sea salt spray (root lifter) and Aquage finishing spray

What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Moving to Hilton Head in 2003, but it’s the best move I ever made.

What do you love most about being a stylist?
I love that feeling when you see how happy you have made someone feel—that you made that change they were looking for.

1533 Fording Island Rd., Ste 312
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 837-5588

Merle Norman Salon
How did you get started?
AE: I was inspired by a close family friend at a young age. Peter Lamar (beauty industry icon and stylist to Jackie Kennedy and celebrities) mentored and encouraged me in Los Angeles to work hard, discover my passion in this industry and NEVER stop learning.
CB: My mother was my inspiration. She was a cosmetologist in Europe while we were growing up.
BM: My sister is also a hairstylist, so my mom gave me a little nudge.
DW: I was inspired by a national award-winning Michigan hair stylist to use my precision auto tool making skills and apply them to achieving awards for my own hair designs and techniques.

What is your number one hair care tip?
AE: Keep your hair healthy, because healthy hair is always beautiful! Great products and great stylists will keep you healthy!
CB: Use quality hair products.
BM: Don’t overdo it. Give it a break from heat, shampooing and styling.
DW: Listen to the client and assess their unique facial features to provide easy care and style.

70 Pennington Drive, Suite 21
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-5412

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