Whip Salon Announces Second Location to Open in Westport Early 2018
Whip Salon (www.whipsalon.com) a hair salon and spa which has built a loyal customer base in Ridgefield in just one year has announced expansion plans into Westport. The second location will be in the prestigious Bedford Square (www.bedfordsquare.com) development in the heart of Westport which features high-end retail stores such as Anthropologie and Williams Sonoma right behind Main Street and Church Street. The salon is aiming to open by February 2018.
Whip Salon has rapidly built a loyal following by focusing on quality services and superior customer service. Not only does the salon offer cuts, color, and makeup services but also cutting-edge spa services such as lash extension and microblading. Whip Salon sets itself apart with its modern environment and modern approach to salon services in general. In addition to being a traditional salon with cuts and color services, it offers a Membership program for color services, blowouts, men’s cuts and hair and makeup packages with discounted pricing.
The salon also has a cutting-edge approach to booking. Recognizing that today’s client craves flexibility and ease, Whip provides an app that allows clients to select an appointment by stylist, day, time and service. Another advantage is that the app lists all the services and prices at your fingertips. You can even make a last minute appointment on the same day in as little as 30 minutes before your desired time. But not to worry, old-fashioned calling is an option as well.
Amy Pal, the Ridgefield entrepreneur who successfully introduced and sold two JoyRide spin studios in Ridgefield and Wilton, is Whip’s founder. Pal has her finger on the pulse when it comes to identifying market trends, and believes her salon will resonate with Westporters. “Our goal is to deliver an unparalleled customer experience in our salon. We have a talented, experienced team and their work speaks for itself but it’s really the extras that our guests will notice,” said Pal. “Because so many people in this area have either lived in Manhattan or spent a lot of time there, we want to bring that vibe to Westport.”
Whip’s Ridgefield location is known for its relaxed, hip atmosphere and inviting decor. Romeo + Baglio, the same talented design team that helped create the look and feel of the Ridgefield salon, has been brought on board for the Westport project. The duo also recently interior designed Lucy’s boutique just off Main Street.
100% Client Focused
The aim of Whip Salon is to create a hassle-free, and high-end experience for people on the go. Clients can visit several times a week, or drop in. But the advantage of coming to Whip Salon isn’t just ease of booking, but it is the carefully thought through extras. For example, each of the 19 stations will have its own charging station so the client can charge their phones, free WIFI, complimentary beverages including prosecco, wine, and microbrews, in addition to the usual still and sparkling water, coffee and tea.
The Whip Signature Blowout, something truly unique to this salon, is how it aims to stands out from the pack. While other salons offer purely a blowout, Whip Salon includes a shampoo, a scalp massage (designed by an expert who in turn trains and certifies the staff in the method), your blowout style of choice and finally the “perfect pout” a lipstick application done by an on-site makeup artist. Introductory prices are just $40 for a blowout, however, with membership options, it can drive the price under $34 for the very dedicated.
Pal believes that getting hair done with a friend is the new getting your nails done together. To that end, clients can book an appointment with a friend and be sat together and offered a complimentary glass of wine or bubbly. “I almost always go with a friend to get my nails done, why not offer the same convenience for hair appointments?” The 2,000 square foot salon space will feature 19 stations in all, with the ability for clients to easily be sat together to accommodate either friends (called the BFFs Blowout for 2) or moms and daughters the going together (called the Mommy & Me for 2).
Top Talent at Whip Salon: Color, Lash Extensions, and Microblading
Senior Colorist Suzanne Baumann Returns to Westport
Whip Salon is also welcoming back an industry color guru, Senior Colorist Suzanne Baumann. Baumann has been in the industry for nearly 30 years and already brings a loyal following with her. She started out her career in New York City but most recently she worked in top salons in Wilton, Fairfield, and Westport prior to joining Whip in Ridgefield earlier this year.
As the Creative Director of the salon, Suzanne brings her vast expertise to elevate the offering. “Suzanne is a well-known colorist who was previously based in Westport for many years,” said Pal, “Since she has been working in Ridgefield, she’s been drawing people from as far as New York City. She’s looking forward to reconnecting with her clients and will continue to be based in both salons.”
Introducing Master Lash Extension Artist: Cathy Bull
“Lashes and microblading are on the bleeding edge of today’s medispa services, They are the only two services we’ll be offering in our two treatment rooms to start and we have the absolute best in the business,” said Pal.
Cathy Bull is a certified Master Eyelash Extension Artist with over 8 years’ experience. She specializes in unique designs for each individual client, uses only the highest quality products available, and has superior knowledge of medical grade glues including those for sensitive eyes. All lashes are high grade silk, with many different lengths, thickness, and curls in black or brown tones. Clients are able to choose from a “Classic” look (a single silk extension applied one by one to each individual natural lash) or a “Russian Volume Technique” in which multiple eyelash extensions are applied to a single natural lash creating depth, volume and texture.
Introducing Microblading Specialist Carolina Villalon
“Microblading is a trend that is positively blowing up,” said Whip’s founder Amy Pal. “While the trend of eyebrow tattooing has around for about 10 years, microblading is the refined next generation of that. The technique uses tailored equipment creating eyebrows, and since it’s so specific the results are phenomenal.”
Whip Salon has brought in a true microblading expert that has already developed a following in NY, Microblading Specialist Carolina Villalon. Villalon studied microblading in California in the very backyard where the trend first started to explode. “California is way ahead on this trend, it’s been popular there for several years,” said Villalon who studied at the Scar Treatment and Recovery Center in Southern California. “I initially wanted to study tattoo removal. But when I apprenticed with one of the best in the business for all kinds of cosmetic tattooing, my mentor Guadalupe Ponte, I decided to change my focus. Clients’ reactions to microblading just inspired me, and now I am obsessed with eyebrows and microblading.”
Hours - Whip Salon will be Open 7 DAYS A WEEK
M - 10am to 5pm
T - 9am to 5pm
W - 9am to 6pm
R - 9am to 6pm
F - 9am to 7pm
S - 9am to 6pm
S - 9am to 5pm
Introductory Blowouts Pricing $40 each and include a shampoo, scalp massage, style of choice and pretty pout lipstick finish.
Blowout Memberships (all include free birthday blowout) https://www.secure-booker.com/Whip/ShopOnline/Membership.aspx
- LOYAL: $75 for two blowouts per month
- HOOKED: $145 for four blowouts per month
- DEVOTED: $275 for eight blowouts per month
About Whip Salon
Whip Salon is committed to offering top quality blowouts, cuts, color and makeup. A full service salon, Whip provides services for women, men and children in a friendly, hip environment. Whip is focused on great customer service and ease of booking. Appointments may be booked by phone, online at whipsalon.com, or using the Whip Salon mobile app for iOS and Android.