Inside a small brick building adorned with a chimney and green trim, Dave and Carol McEndaffer work amid lilac walls and potted plants. It’s a lovely setting for a couple in the business of beautifying people, which they have extensive experience in. The duo has owned salons throughout the past 37 years and added The Laurels Salon of Distinction to their stable more than a decade ago. They've studied with seasoned stylists; while Dave focuses on hair, Carol pours her efforts into skincare, wellness, and restoration treatments for baldness and thinning hair.
In addition to cuts and ammonia-free color, they cosset their clientele with massages, spray tanning, and waxing. The salon is stationed across the street from Colorado State University, so it’s a convenient spot to de-stress after an exam or to cover your eyes with cucumbers before a scary PowerPoint presentation.
Orb lights hang from the salon's ceiling like a bunch of grapes, illuminating tall tapered metal vases that sprout orange straw. The arrangement stands against a backdrop of stacked stone and lime-green walls, near the salon's centerpiece––a five-panel pentaptych painting with stylized scissors against a city skyline. Cutlery Salon's lush space is the clipping ground of California-trained stylist Sarah Marshall, who draws on more than eight years' experience as she revamps hair with products by Eufora, Schwarzkopf, Paul Mitchell, and Kevin Murphy. Sarah loves talking to guests in detail about their look, helping them find a hairstyle that suits their personality or one that can be woven seamlessly into their favorite scarf. Extending her beautification project beyond scalps, Sarah also offers facial waxing in addition to cut and coloring services.
Sarah Marshall no longer services clients at Cutlery Salon. She can be reached at her new location, Namaste Salon, located at 140 W Oak St, Suite 140, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Murat Tercan has a world of salon experience—literally. The native Turk started out by helping his family open a salon in Ankara, then he went on to hone his craft at the L'Oreal Academy in Paris and the Wella and Schwarzkopf academies in Germany. He built his resume styling hair for fashion shows for Valentino, Versace, and Armani, later traveling as an international educator for L'Oreal.
Since making yet another home in Colorado, he opened his own space, Enchante, where he and his team perform advanced services such as designer haircuts, color corrections, and keratin treatments. In the spirit of Murat's background in education, stylists are committed to not just giving clients a style, but teaching them to maintain it. There's also an onsite spa where clients can retreat to receive Swedish massages and Dermalogica facials, or to ease their fear of scissors.
Hair styling began calling to Cher Nelson at an early age, when she discovered her aptitude and passion for coiffing while doing her mother's hair. After two decades of snipping manes in others’ salons, Cher decided to draw on her experience to become her own boss at Cher Nelson Hair Design. In the salon, decorated in vibrant and lively colors, Cher discusses new cuts at length with her clients before picking up the scissors, making sure she snips just the right amount, and gives relaxing scalp massages that ease the anxiety of parting with the friendly sparrows that frequently nest in overgrown tangles. A rotating selection of tunes pulse from the speaker, while the occasional buzz of the television sets the back drop for easy conversations in the laid-back salon. Meanwhile, Cher she snips clients' tresses, colors them with Pravana Chromasilk products, or relaxes their curls into smooth, straight cascades.
Tuana Hair Design Fort Collins is all about beautiful hair. The award-winning salon stands apart from others thanks to the savvy stylists' European color and highlighting techniques, and dry cutting. With their diverse methods for coaxing the best out of manes, it only makes sense that the staff would teach others what they do. The salon team also serves as hair stylists at fashion shows and photo shoots, using products from Aveda and Bumble and bumble to bring their A-game despite the fact that they're on the road, just like when Denver Broncos travel to play the New York Mets.
Led by European-trained stylist Kazim Tercan and other experienced instructors, Tuana European Beauty Academy serves as a place for beauty enthusiasts to become skilled cosmetologists, manicurists, and aestheticians.
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