Published in Mimi Vanderhaven 2013
by Patricia Nugent, contributing writer
The open and inviting Color Bar at Lavish Color Salon is perhaps the easiest means of explanation of what this innovative salon has to offer.
“I wanted guests to see our artistry front and center,” says owner Tracey Watts-Cirino. “I compare the Color Bar to an open kitchen in a fine
restaurant, where the top chefs know they are an integral part of the show. Guests can see the chemistry and art it takes for our color
mixologists to create the perfect formulas.”
Not only is the centrally located Bar all about art, it also has a lot to do with how Tracey values communication and relationships.
“As a stylist, I never liked asking a guest how they were doing and how they liked their color, then leaving them to go to a back room and mix
color,” she says. “So to me, the Bar also acts like a kitchen island where everyone has a sense that they belong to the action and are a part of
“I compare the Color Bar to an open kitchen in a fine restaurant, where the top chefs know they are an integral part of the show.”
Tracey is an award winning stylist who received the #1 Master Stylist award two years in a row – 2011 and 2012 – from Live Well Circle East a
division of Cleveland Magazine. She is also a master educator who has traveled the world, sharing and inspiring other stylists to reach their
potential. It is with that passion that she has created an extensive training program for her staff.
A portion of the proceeds from the salon’s retail sales goes to fund an ongoing educational program, which has provided the opportunity for
some of the Lavish stylists to travel to California for further education and certification by Redken Laboratories.
“Our staff is as fun and friendly as it is well-educated,” says Tracey. “Each stylist works with clients to discover the most flattering color
combination for their skin colors and lifestyles. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time in the salon, a stylist will sit down with you
to talk about your hair and see if you want any changes.”
Service specialties include color (it is in its name after all), cut, thermal straightening techniques such as Keratin, and to add length, fullness
or a splash of color to your tresses with hair extensions, Lavish is definitely the go-to place. There’s a well-appointed area for manicures, a
cozy alcove for pedicures and a dedicated make-up station. Another private nook hosts the Lather Lounge, with a trio of black European
shampoo bowl chairs.
“My staff appreciates that we plan to have our clients be our guests for a lifetime,” says Tracey. “So we teach them that every part of someone’s
experience should be enjoyed, down to the scalp massage and shampoo.”
A national winner of the “Top 200 Salons” award by Salon Today magazine, Lavish follows the funky urban beat of a NYC studio, with
warehouse-chic stained concrete floors and a vibrant color palate of purple and a soft, pleasing yellow. The Color Bar is carved from mahogany
with stainless steel trim.
Tracey’s devotion to perfection in technique pops up throughout the salon. For instance, hair dryers are suspended from the ceiling at each
station so stylists can grab and style with precision.
In the front of the salon you’ll find the Lavish boutique featuring Redken products, the vegan Pureology line, Mirabella makeup and a host of hair
accessories. Orders for gift certificates can be taken by phone and mailed to whomever’s day you wish to make.
Lavish Color Salon is located at 4854 Richmond Road, in Orange Village, just north of Miles Road.
Tracey is always on the lookout for local talent. Stylists who want an exciting place to work with continuing education, performance rewards and
an opportunity to become shareholders should call 216-378- 9870.