Whip Salon Opens in Westport on Thursday, February 22nd
Whip Salon, a hair salon and medispa which has built a loyal customer base in Ridgefield in just one year, is opening in Westport this Thursday, February 22nd. The second location will be in the prestigious Bedford Square 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.
Whip Salon brings with it some familiar faces back to the Westport salon landscape. General Manager Shay MacInnis has over 30 years of experience focuses on cuts and color, and Suzanne Baumann, a color expert, specializing in blondes are delighted to be back in Westport. Each has worked in salons in Westport, Wilton and Fairfield over the past 20 years and have garnered a fiercely loyal following.
Whip Salon offers 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 approach to salon services. Whip additionally offers blowouts with a Membership program featuring 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, a serial entrepreneur and Whip Salon’s founder has her finger on the pulse when it comes to identifying market trends. "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 our extras will really make our guests take 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.”
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. Whip features 18 stations each with its own charging station so 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 another way it 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 features 18 stations, 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: Cuts, Color, Lash Extensions and Microblading
Whip Salon Reintroduces Shay to Town
Renowned Fairfield County senior stylist Shay MacInnis has joined the Whip Salon glamsquad as General Manager. Shay brings more than 20 years of experience and is known for her expert cuts and remarkable flare. She cuts all types of hair lengths and consults with her clients to develop a look tailored perfectly for them. She is also an experienced colorist. She began her career studying at Vidal Sassoon and has worked in New York, LA and London.
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.
Introducing Master Lash Extension Artist: Cathy Bull
“Lashes and microblading are on the bleeding edge of today’s medi spa 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 inNY, 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 4pm
T - 9am to 5pm
W - 9am to 6pm
R - 9am to 6pm
F - 9am to 7pm
S - 9am to 6pm
S - 9am to 4pm
Introductory Blowouts Pricing $40 each and include a shampoo, scalp massage, style of choice and pretty pout lipstick finish.
LOYAL: $75 for two blowouts per month
HOOKED: $145 for four blowouts per month
DEVOTED: $275 for eight blowouts per month
Whip Salon is located at 14 Elm Street, Westport (203.433.7334) and at 23 Governor Street, Ridgefield, (203.442.6444)
Learn more: www.whipsalon.com