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Marietta resident opens salon in former Reno School

Taylor Taylor cleans the mirror at her new salon in the former Reno School. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

RENO — Since she was a little girl, Marietta resident Taylor Taylor has loved working on people’s hair. On July 1, she opened her own salon in Reno.

Taylor2 Hair Salon opened at 260 Sandhill Road, which is the former Reno School.

“I’ve been practicing on people since I was little,” the 26-year-old said. “I’ve always wanted to do hair. I never thought it would be in the my second-grade classroom.”

She started cosmetology school in 2012 and was licensed by 2014. If she looks familiar, she’s worked at Melanie’s Design Specialist and Platinum Salon and Spa. She’s also taught at Preston’s Beauty Academy.

When the state of Ohio shut down salons for the pandemic, the woman who owned Shear Class Hair Salon decided to retire.

“It’s always been a dream of mine (to own a salon),” she said. “I was given a great opportunity and decided to take the leap of faith and open one myself.”

Her father, Mike Morrison, said it was obvious from an early age what her calling was.

“She was always fascinated with making herself look nice,” he said. “From early on, she wanted to style hair.”

He said she wasn’t out looking for a salon of her own, but when the opportunity arose, it seemed like a great fit.

“It just made a nice place for her and we’re thrilled to see her being her own boss at her age,” Morrison said. “She’ll take her creativity and she’ll do well with it.”

While she does haircuts, her specialty is hair color

Since the shop’s opening, she said it’s been hectic, so much so that she’s looking for another stylist for her second chair.

“It’s been very busy, which is all I can ask for,” Taylor said. “Everyone’s wanting to get their hair done after the coronavirus.”

As a hair color specialist, she’s seen a lot of grown out roots in the last two weeks.

“People are saying they need the works,” she said.

Her salon is open by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and evening appointments are available. Appointments can be scheduled by calling or texting 740-525-1474.

Her haircuts are priced at $25 and up, while hair color starts at $65.

She said today’s trends include balayage, which is hair painting, natural sun-kissed hair and icy blonde hair color.

“I just like keeping up with trends,” she said. “I’m always learning something and there’s something new every day.

Making women feel good about themselves also is important in her job.

“The reason I love my profession so much is I love making women feel beautiful,” she said. “There’s nothing greater than seeing a client’s smile and boost of confidence after being in my chair.”

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