With 20 years as a hair stylist under her belt, Michella Lockwood had long dreamed of running her very own salon.
One day, while “Googling” some information for her husband online, something unexpected popped up: “Salon for rent: Cedar Ridge.”
She thought long and hard about it, then dialed the number. Before anyone could answer, she hung up. She took another breath, and dialed again — and hung up again.
“I was scared to take the plunge,” she said. “There are at least 100 salons in our area.”
The third time Lockwood dialed, it changed her life.
In December of 2010, she opened the doors of her very own business: Cedar Ridge Salon on Colfax Highway. Although the site had been a working salon since 1980, Lockwood transformed it into a light and airy space, boasting bright white walls, track lighting, modern furniture and featuring art created by accomplished artists in the area.
Today, in addition to Lockwood, Cedar Ridge Salon has two other stylists, Tracy Barton and Glenda Nasralla.
Barton, who recently located from Los Angeles, has been working in the hair business for more than 30 years. With many past clients in the entertainment industry, in her early years, she spent a full year training with Japanese master hair stylist Mogi, who teaches haircutting through the balance and body motion. While in L.A. Barton spent years working at hair trade shows, working with various color systems, and worked at Passion Hair magazine. She is also a licensed teacher of cosmetology. After reconnecting with her fiance at a high school reunion, she relocated to Northern California.
Nasralla, who moved recently to Grass Valley from Florida, has brought a new dimension to the salon: the “man cave.”
“I’ve been a licensed barber for over nine years,” she said. “I was extremely fortunate to gain my knowledge from a certified Roffler barber in Florida, whom shared her legacy and I’m honored to carry it on. I take great pride in the lost art of tonsorial.”
Nasralla provides haircuts using the traditional straight razor and hot lather shaves that cater to each individual.
“My goal is to provide a first-class barber service experience at a reasonable price, where men can experience the traditional short haircuts as well as contemporary and trendy styles. Every haircut will include a hot lather neck shave. It’s wonderful for people to experience something their grandfathers did.” A product of a more diverse city, Nasralla is also experienced in working with a diverse client base, and consequently, hair of all ethnic varieties — a rare talent in Nevada County.
An upbeat and comfortable place, each staff member at Cedar Ridge Salon brings more than 20 years experience, something that makes Lockwood confident when she says “There’s nothing we can’t do.”
“We believe in ongoing education,” she continued. “We believe you should never stop learning. We believe in listening to our clients and providing a relaxing atmosphere. We are color specialists with decades of experience and continue to educate ourselves. We also offer nail and pedicure services, a brow bar and facial waxing.”
An important mission at the salon is giving back, she added. For example, on May 11 the trio will close the salon and provide haircuts and styling to teens participating in The Cinderella Project. The project’s mission is to ensure that any young person, regardless of income level, is able to attend their high school prom.
“We think of our clientele as family,” said Lockwood. “We just want people to come in and feel at home.”
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