Shadyside salon celebrates 10 years

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Kreations Salon owner and stylist Kayla Stephens-Crow, middle, stands with two of her employees as they celebrate the salon’s 10-years in business. From left are Lindsey Harden, Stephens-Crow and Kylie Teague.

SHADYSIDE — A local salon is celebrating a decade in business with free food, auctions and sales today.

Kreations Salon marked 10-years in business on July 3, but held off celebrations until today.

Salon owner Kayla Stephens-Crow, who has been a hair stylist for 15 years, said the event will include a Chinese auction, gift cards, product sales and free food for those who attend. Employees are hoping to see 100 people at the celebration, said Robin Stephens, Kayla’s mother and salon employee.

“This is what I’ve always wanted to do, since I was little,” Stephens-Crow said of being a hair stylist and owning her own salon.

“She has been doing hair since she was seven-years-old,” her mother added.

The salon is a family affair with Stephens helping with the salon’s daily chores and appointments, while her father, Pete Stephens, acts as the facility handyman. Stephens-Crow also reconnected with her now- husband, Aaron Crow, at the salon nearly 5 years ago when he came into the establishment for a haircut.

Stephens-Crow said every day she looks forward to coming into work at the salon, attributing the girls she works with and her “amazing clients” for making her job so enjoyable.

“I have the best clients. I would say 75- to 80 percent have been with me since I started. We know every thing about each other. I call them my hair family,” she said.

“Most people don’t appreciate their job and clients any more, they only care about the dollar. It’s sad. I look forward to coming in every day to see my clients and catch up with them. Some of my clients come in every two to three weeks,”

The salon has a unique floor plan, as each stylist has their own individual room or “suite.” Each suite is private and designed and decorated by its inhabited stylist, making each room personal. The suites offer one-on-one time for stylist and client.

“People love it.You’re just in there by yourself so you get that one-on-one time. You’re not out in the open. … Every one has their own sink and station,” Stephens-Crow said.

Stephens-Crow said that being a hair stylist is more than cutting and styling hair, it is about connecting with clients.

“You’re not just a hair dresser,” she said.

Stephens-Crow has advice for future hair stylists or aspiring salon owners; “Do it. Follow your dreams.”

Kreations Salon is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 3996 Central Ave. in Shadyside.