2010-01-07 / News

Looking good in Jamestown

Island salons offer a fresh look
By Erin Tiernan

If you’re looking to kick off the New Year with a new look, you’re in luck – with five different salons on the island, you’re sure to find one that appeals to your tastes and needs.

The newest is Salon Balayage, a chic beauty salon led by local hair stylists and mother-daughter team, Rosemary and Ashley Tutsch. Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays – Salon Balayage opened its doors at 23 Pemberton Ave. just five months ago.

Business is steady, according to the pair, and the salon has distinguished itself from others by specializing and sticking to what the Tutschs do best – offering hair, makeup and facial waxing services while encouraging women to embrace their natural looks.

“Getting beautiful hair should be a great experience,” said Rosemary Tutsch. “Salon Balayage clients leave the salon happy, relaxed and satisfied. We’ve created a welcoming and professional environment where clients can enjoy the full salon experience.”

The hair technique for which the salon is named – balayage – is one that colors the hair to give it a natural look when the roots begin to grow in. It isn’t as noticeable as more common haircoloring methods, giving color greater longevity, Tutsch said, adding that embracing the hair’s natural color will create a longerlasting style.

Ashley Tutsch graduated from school in December and said she is a “self-proclaimed curly hair know-it-all.” She predicted that collar bone-length bobs would be “in” for 2010.

The Tutschs have lived in Jamestown for 16 years and Rosemary, who previously owned a shop in Providence in the 1980s and has 32 years of experience, said she had always thought of re-opening her own hair salon on the island.

When daughter Ashley decided to follow in her footsteps and attend hair styling school, “it sealed the deal,” she said.

Eventually, Rosemary hopes to focus on hair and makeup for weddings, she said. She attends educational seminars five or six times a year in New York to keep current on the latest techniques and styles.

Anita Godena, a North End resident, opened Anita Haircut at 38 Narragansett Ave. in 2004. Catering to men, women and children, Anita Haircut is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers quality hair care in a casual setting. In addition to cutting and coloring hair, Anita Haircut offers hair extensions, facial waxing, earpiercing services and airbrush tattoos.

Godena has 22 years of experience and owned a shop on Bellevue Avenue in Newport for eight years prior to opening her salon on the island. She said that her move across the bay was a good decision. Thanks to the proximity of her new location – and offering tokens as motivation to her old Newport customers – she said she kept her clientele and found a more affordable place to operate her business.

Godena said her niche in Jamestown’s salon market is providing good hair cuts at a lower cost than other shops, quickly and without a lot of fuss.

“My prices and service are the best value on the island,” she said, adding that you can’t expect to have great style without a great haircut.

Her success is largely thanks to customer relations, Godena said.

“I do what clients want because I take the time to listen and see what they expect, then I look at their face and work with it to create something they can handle,” she said.

Godena employs one other hair stylist and will soon begin an apprenticeship with her 16- year-old stepdaughter, Kaitlyn.

Outside of her salon, Godena has served as a volunteer firefi ghter with the town since 1999. She also actively supports the local teen center, and both Jamestown and North Kingstown schools.

Community involvement is a central concept at another of Jamestown’s salons, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, located at 16 Narragansett Ave.

Owned and operated by Cathryn Jamieson for 16 years, Jamieson said she credits her salon’s success to her staff of eight, the salon’s “nurturing” services and a large emphasis on community outreach.

Jamieson and her employees support and carry products made by local entrepreneurs, regularly donate to charities, and volunteer beauty services to shut-ins and women from Lucy’s Hearth women’s shelter.

She said she lives by an old saying her father once told her: “You can’t expect to take what you don’t expect to give.”

Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m., Cathryn Jamieson Salon is an Aveda concept salon, which means it uses only products produced from natural plant essence, which aim to promote inner harmony that extends beyond just hair and beauty. The salon shares its building with a physical therapist, a massage therapist and an astrologist, and also provides a forum for meditation meetings every Friday.

“We do a lot more than hair,” Jamieson said. “There’s a power in having quality people around you.”

Jamieson said the salon tries to bring a new meaning to the term “full service” salon. Besides partnering with other practitioners

to create a mind-, bodyand

soul-healing environment, Jamieson and her employees can regularly be seen hauling equipment back and forth for house calls to elderly clients who have difficulty getting around.

After enduring a tumultuous end to the last year, Jamieson said that customers are expecting better value from the dollars they spend.

“I think the focus in 2010 will be on stress relief and nurturing,” she said. “People need care.”

Two other island businesses could not be reached for comment. Ken’s Barbershop, located at 61 Conanicus Ave., offers not only cuts and services for men, but also a great view. Another salon, Dimitri’s Studio, is located at 69 North Main Rd.

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