By Janee Law
Clients are in awe when they enter Escape Hair Lounge in Huntington village. Owner Anthony D’Angelo said its relaxing atmosphere and contemporary minimalist style, which was designed by his wife June, draws people into the location. With a palette of warm grays accented with white seating and crystal chandeliers, the salon is both chic and inviting.
“We tried to do more of a lounge, escape type of place,” D’Angelo, of Huntington, said. “It’s not only how you look when you leave, it’s how you feel too. It’s an escape and it’s a relaxing atmosphere so that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The salon’s services include styling for weddings and special events, haircuts, coloring, deep massaging shampoo, deep conditioning, highlights, blowouts, styling, and hair texturing.
D’Angelo brings more than 30 years of service and experience in the industry, but coming from a family of hairdressers and barbers, he said it’s more like a lifetime of experience. He added that doing hair appeals to his passion for creativity.
D’Angelo, who operated several salons before opening Escape, said when owning a salon, “You have to be really good and cater to your clients in order to stay successful.”
He opened Escape at the 2,000 square-foot location where Play N Trade was previously located in June.
“Now after six months, we’re starting to get a real big influx of new people coming in,” D’Angelo said. “So it’s working out the way I expected.”
The 303 Main Street location features seven styling chairs and six color stations, using the Goldwell product line.
To keep the business up-to-date with current styles and trends, all employees are educated four times a year by representatives from the companies Escape works with, D’Angelo said.
“It’s stimulating, educational and motivating, and the clients sense that,” he said. “You know, you’re going to feel and look good when you leave here.”
To build the business, Escape offers specials, including $25 blow outs, and sends out email alerts with upcoming specials to clients. D’Angelo said the deals keep clients coming back for more. Another perk that the salon offers is the ability for clients can make appointments online through the website.
“They come here to feel good, look good and they’ll have an experience,” he said. “I’m trying to portray an experience that they won’t get anywhere else so we need to be on our game.”