Owner of Style Up Hair Studio Alana Saindon
Style Up Hair Studio is expanding and adding a bridal lounge. Owner Alana Saindon said she has specialized in weddings for some time and “wanted to be able to offer a location for brides to be able to come to and get ready, especially with all the growing venues in the area.”
Saindon has expanded into the storefront next to the Hair Studio at 4005 West River Drive in downtown Comstock Park. The bridal lounge is about the same size as the hair studio Saindon and her hairdressers have just across the hall and “will allow for a quite private space to be used for bridal parties, birthday parties, or any other women’s night out event or children's event.” Saindon said the lounge features four large mirrors going across one wall, a bench with pillows for seating, a pink lounge chaise, and a front desk with bar stools for seating. There is a coffee buffet area to set up food and beverages. The space also has a changing room area for bridal parties. During the week, the bridal lounge space will be utilized for everyday salon functions. She hopes to open the lounge by this spring or summer.
The hair studio will continue to offer its usual services which include haircuts that come with a shampoo, blow dry, and styling, as well as coloring, full or partial highlights, and makeup for a full face or just eyes, and false eyelashes.
Style Up Hair Studio opened in December 2014, and Saindon is now sole owner. She said she likes the location.
“I really like the downtown atmosphere,” she said. “The building is really cute…people driving by see our storefront…people who work in downtown Comstock Park come here…people in the residential area in back walk here.”
Saindon noted that the proximity to the expressway is convenient for customers who come from farther away. The building housed a hair salon years ago and before that a bakery. More recently a photography studio was located there.
Style Up is an independently contracted salon so making an appointment ahead with your hair stylist is best, although they do take walk-ins if there is availability. There are currently “six stylists and growing,” said Saindon. Some of the stylists, including Saindon offer referral programs. Saindon, for instance, offers 20% off any client referred to her as well as 20% off to the client who referred the client. The stylists will cut hair to be donated and give hair to the client to donate to designated organization such as Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Saindon graduated from Northview High School and attended Kent Skills Technical Center. She has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2008. She worked at a number of salons and rented a space at Westgate Salons on Alpine Avenue in 2012 before opening Style Up