Located at 270 South Main Street, Salon G is easy to find. Just look for the yellow 1976 Volkswagen bus sitting in its off-street parking lot. The vehicle, often decorated for the season, greets patrons like an old friend – a sentiment that fits right in with the experience owners Melissa and Tim Gee provide for clients.
The couple recently celebrated Salon G’s eighth anniversary. While Tim works behind the scenes, Melissa and her fellow stylists enjoy providing full hair services for men, women and children.
“I’ve always been influenced by hair,” Melissa Gee says. “Maybe it’s because I was born in the ‘80s. I’m fascinated by how someone’s looks can be changed just by their hair. It could be as simple as changing curly hair into straight by a blowout. It makes people feel a little different, and another personality comes out.”
Gee has been working with hair for 20 years, and attended cosmetology school right after graduating from high school. She immediately jumped into her career. Before opening Salon G, she worked at two other salons.
“My time spent at both places inspired me,” Gee says. “I met my husband in 2005 when I cut his hair at the first salon. One was just outside Zionsville. I would shop, eat and explore. I knew when I opened my own salon, I wanted it be in the village because of the atmosphere.”
The stylists at Salon G have known each other for at least 10 years. Since they all trained together, each can provide the same highly skilled services. As individuals they have their own specialties as well. A couple have an affinity for long hair or short, textured styles. Some love prom and wedding up-dos. Others are expert in highlighting techniques such as balayage and ombre.
Salon G is a luxury boutique hair salon. Haircuts are $50 to $70, depending on the stylist and hair type. Color services run from $95 for single-process, up to $250 for multi-dimensional treatments. Prom and bridesmaid stylings are $85. Bride styling, which often includes extensions and hair accessories, is $150.
“When we were thinking about what to name the Salon, my husband and I wanted something easy to remember – straightforward yet classic,” Gee says. “Salon G is a reference to me, but different. G stands for guests and our focus is providing a great experience. G is also for giving. I am fortunate to have talented, caring and committed women working with me, and I want to give back and pay it forward.”
Since it started in 2012, the salon has shared a portion of profits earned with charitable organizations and special events. The shop supports local causes such as the Zionsville Community Schools Student Transition & Employment Partnership program. The salon team also sponsors events such as the Joseph Maley Foundation’s “Run, Walk, Roll” event.
“We love being the best part of someone’s day,” Gee says. “I don’t know of any other career where such lifelong relationships are built. We are here for babies’ first haircuts, or to give confidence before an interview. We use our talents to help our guests get through life’s events.”
Salon G is located at 270 South Main Street in Zionsville. For more info, call 317-873-3743 or visit SalonGee.com.