Photo: Emily Strong checks the inventory at her new salon in Sugar Grove. Photo by John DiDonna
by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Starting a salon and spa is a dream come true for Kaneland graduate and Elburn resident Emily Strong. With its grand opening in November, the emily kay salon offers Aveda spa and salon services in a fresh environment.
Strong has been obsessed with hairstyling since she was 3 years old. A babysitter taught her not only how to tie her shoes, but also how to braid hair. She was hooked. By the time she was in fifth grade, she knew she wanted her own salon. Armed with a cosmetology license, a business management degree and years of experience as a stylist, she created emily kay salon.
“It’s my dream come true. I wake up and can’t believe I have this salon,” she said. “I love it. I had an idea pictured in my head of what I wanted.”
The salon is decorated in soft tones of purple and turquoise with a lot of white. Large pedicure chairs and wooden manicure tables create a relaxing environment. A massage and facial room invites peace and tranquility.
“I wanted the warm and inviting atmosphere that all Aveda salons have, but with a young and trendy twist,” Strong said. “Finding the perfect location was key.”
The salon features haircuts and color, manicures and pedicures, facials and waxing. The stylists are all Aveda certified. Hair, skin, body and cosmetic products can be purchased in the store. Aveda, which is produced in Minneapolis, is all natural. Its packaging is all-recycled materials, and it is produced using all-wind energy.
Facials include such appealing treatments as the Botanical Skin Resurfacing, Perfecting Plant Peel, Enbrightenment Discoloration and the Outer Peace Acne Treatment. Spa manicures and pedicures provide the little extras of hot towels, customized exfoliation and treatment masques.
Clients who refer a friend will get $20 off their next service and so will their friend. During the month of December, buy $60 in gift certificates for services and receive $20 in services for yourself.
The experienced staff enjoys the benefits of starting fresh at a new salon.
“It’s like we’re all in this together as a team,” Strong said. “We’re all excited and pumped up to get it started.”