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DEC 2017

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44 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | DECEMBER 2017 N ew Orleans is a city steeped in history: 300-year-old French Quarter buildings, steamboats that still sail, and horse- drawn carriages for trotting tourists around town. Hurricane Katrina destroyed much in 2005, yet the vibrant spirit endured, with many residents spurred to build back stronger than before. Stylist Lisa Marquette is one such champion: "I love this city and felt a desire to do my part by making a real investment in its infrastructure post-Katrina," she reveals. After getting her start as a shampoo assistant at age 15, the entrepreneur spent another 15 years perfecting her tress skills before opening Salon M in 2006. The 1,700-square-foot shop is found inside another vintage Big Easy structure: a century-old Victorian house. "It felt important to maintain the home's architectural integrity and original charm," notes Marquette. Live & Learn/ Salon of the Month New Orleans' Salon M welcomes patrons to its charming space in the heart of the historic city. —FM SALON MISSION "Perfection is our obsession." THEME Elegant, cozy and family friendly. CLIENT PERKS EMPLOYEE PERKS Complimentary test trial of each new product; discount of 20 percent on most items during the holiday season; keepsake ornament for all kids receiving their fi rst cut. Continuing education offered twice a month so pros can keep up with the latest trends; holiday bonuses for employees; mini vacation to a Florida bed and breakfast for each stylist's 10-year anniversary. BEST-SELLING RETAIL PRODUCTS Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, Supershine Moisturizing Cream, Thick Dry Finishing Spray, Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. HOTTEST WINTER TRENDS Balayage, babylights and triangular bobs with slight graduation at the bottom. Both wispy and blunt bangs are also poised for a comeback. The main area is an open plan with dark hardwood fl oors contrasting against light exposed-brick columns, and in the back there's a tidy color bar. The waiting room was designed to resemble a café and instantly welcomes patrons. Marquette hails from a long line of hairdressers, which may be why her salon fosters a homey vibe. The name itself is a nod to the fi rst letter of her two oldest sons' names. "We're very family-oriented, which has perhaps resulted in our following of multigenerational clientele ranging from young professionals to retirees," she explains. Stylists likewise receive kin treatment. Upon graduating cosmetology school and getting hired, each novice completes a hands- on apprenticeship program led by Marquette and senior staff members. The result of such daily doting? A close-knit team that keeps the ancient spirit of New Orleans alive. BEAUTY COURTESY OF SALON M; GETTY IMAGES TOTAL STYLISTS/COLORISTS 9 "Our ambiance is open, welcoming and warm," says Marquette Cosmetics artist Laurie Lassere handles bridal makeup and other big day services using the Façade line of natural, high-end products. SNACKS SERVED Coffee, tea and bottled water, cookies on Saturdays and King cake—a colorful New Orleans confection—during Mardi Gras. Big Easy Fleur-de-lis wall decor gives the color bar a distinct New Orleans feel. Salon M owner Lisa Marquette fi nds time to work with clients.

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