Meet your merchant: Get pampered at Champagne Jane
Champagne Jane’s Salon and Spa
477 South Auburn St., Grass Valley
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment
As far back as the age of 7, Alyssa Orellana has wanted to be a hairstylist. As a little girl, she remembers telling a grocery store clerk that she wanted to be something called a “cosmetologist.” When she got to high school and realized she had no money for college, she knew she needed a trade. As part of the Regional Occupational Program at Nevada Union High School, she enrolled in beauty school. As a result — unlike most of her peers — by the time she graduated, she already had her cosmetologist license and a marketable skill.
After landing her first job at 18, Orellana began to realize just how much she loved the work that was just supposed to be a short chapter before pursuing her four-year college degree.
“I realized I was totally happy — doing hair was a lot more fulfilling than I thought it would be,” she said. “I found that I loved making people happy. Hair shouldn’t be that important, but it is. I still love seeing the difference between what they look like when they come in and when they leave.”
Not only is there a creative component to hair styling, but Orellana discovered that her math and science background also came into play.
“There is definitely chemistry involved when it comes to mixing color,” she said. “And geometry is an important part of layering hair — it’s more intricate than you think.”
Today, with 10 years of professional experience under her belt, Orellana has just become the new owner of the salon where she’s been working for the past five years — Champagne Jane Salon and Spa in Grass Valley.
“As time went on, I got more involved in day to day management, and the previous owner, who wanted to sell the business, realized I was capable of taking it over,” Orellana said. “It was terrifying at first, but I was ready. I’m so excited — there are so many projects I can do now that I’m the owner, but I’ve got to pace myself.”
When Orellana’s former workplace, Aveda BonBon Salon, suddenly closed in 2010, Orellana and her coworkers found a new home at Champagne Jane, situated in a charming 1890s house on South Auburn Street. Trust and camaraderie among the longtime, accomplished staff has only grown stronger over the years, said Orellana, which made taking over the salon an easy decision.
Hair services at Champagne Jane include haircuts for all ages, single process permanent color, demi permanent ammonia-free color, partial and full highlights, hair painting, perms and texture treatments, such as keratin and Japanese straightening. Spa services include waxing, facials, massages and eyelash extensions.
The salon carries an impressive selection of “Bumble and bumble” products, such as multiple types of shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, primers, tonics, light weight oils, lotions and powders. Stylists travel several times a year to New York City and San Francisco for training, enabling them to keep up on the latest techniques and trends.
“I’ve learned so much from the classes and from Alyssa, I love it here,” said assistant stylist Rai Heaps. “There’s just a great energy and vibe here — our clients know they can come and relax.”
“My main goal in taking over the salon was to take care of my clients and my team,” she said. “It gives us meaning to offer people a sanctuary away from everyday stress where the focus is just on you.”
To contact Staff Writer Cory Fisher, email her at Cory@theunion.com.
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