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The Modern Collective – Carmel


1.0/51 Reviews

Beautiful by Extension

The Modern Collective Finds a Fresh Niche in the Salon Industry

Writer / Shelly Sack
Photographer / Sarah Browning

The Modern CollectiveA recent online review described The Modern Collective, a new boutique hair salon located in Carmel and owned by Gabrielle McDougle, as a pretty space with a light and airy ambience.”

And that was exactly McDougles vision when she opened the doors to The Modern Collective in the spring of 2020. 

Most business comes from word of mouth or via Instagram, where you can see many of their finished hair work as well as the modern space, with comfortable chairs and light streaming in through French doors.

We wanted to create a small, luxurious, comfortable atmosphere for our guests,” McDougle says. “Our aesthetic is bright, white and modern.”

McDougle, 30, says shes always enjoyed doing hair even at a young age, due to her own problems she had keeping her long, fine hair from getting cut off and the cycle repeating.

In fact, she was so invested in improving her hair, and her confidence, she spent her first check from her job at Steak n Shake on color and clips from Sally Beauty.

This type of hair treatment was not a big field at the time, but gives people a ton of confidence,” McDougle says. I wanted people to feel good about themselves.”

She went on to hone her skills by training at Honors Beauty College, and has spent the last 11 years in the hair industry. While she lives in Indianapolis, she grew up in Noblesville and was excited about opening The Modern Collective so close to her familiar hometown.

The Modern CollectiveThe Modern Collective team offers a unique specialty in hand-tied extensions, which are applied by being woven into beads and evenly distributed throughout the hair. This allows the process to be gentle and lightweight.

Another service is lived-in color, which is a relatively new industry term for using root color and adding depth, which allows for delayed salon visits suitable for many lifestyles. The result is being able to grow natural colors and balayage dimensional tones out, and avoiding constant six-week retouches. 

The four stylists including McDougle, along with two assistants, strictly specialize in womens extensions and color, in order to give 100% of attention to doing one thing well,” McDougle says.

We love to help people with hair insecurities, whether the hair is damaged from color, stress or hair loss following birth,” she says. “We love to see the light in their eyes after they see themselves. Hair gives confidence and after were done, were always saying hair gives us a new quality. We custom color each individual to create a perfect blend and match to your natural hair. The amazing thing about hand-tied hair is you can completely customize along the way.”

McDougle says the salon, which independently rents its chairs, has a staff that truly believes in education. In fact, across all the stylists, there are a combined eight certifications in different hand-tied extension methods. Training in-house is a requirement for customer coloring and extensions. Outside education is completed four to five times per year. 

I have always been an inclusive person and Im the only owner,” McDougle says. “I handpick who rents our chair. I may own the business, but we help each other. We show tips and tricks for each other, so we can teach, help and progress as a team, even though were individuals. We leave negativity outside and have a positive work environment.”

The Modern CollectiveDepending on the look, a client may request for rows or color, and they can expect to spend between two to six hours at the salon. 

“I think whats unique about us is that we believe in utilizing more than one application method across the board, as each client has different needs,” McDougle says. “The amazing thing is your hair can actually grow and become healthier with hand-tied extensions. It does take two though, both the stylist applying as well as client maintenance at home. We always set you up with success, with a care sheet and products to protect your new investment.”

The Modern Collective accepts appointments only, and can be found at 23 East Main Street, Suite 300 in Carmel. For more information, email themoderncollectivesalon@gmail.com, or call or text 317-975-0922.

1 Review for The Modern Collective – Carmel

Dr Patel 1 Reviews
Dishonest, Liers and shoul be shut down

After given many opportunities, both salon owner Gabriela and Shelby continued to not only lie but act mad at me, kicked me out and refused the service to be completed. After installing my extensions not complete the job refused to see me. Only to find out that the Extensions ware not ideal for my scalp, was heavy, installed on wrong part of my scalp, used wrong size of beads and pulled tufts of my hair many many locations, I am unable to have extensions any more because it has damaged my scalp. I reached out and instead of telling me the truth that only these women nines which is that they saw my scalp is damaged, Shelby reinstalled the extensions and sent me home, with in 4 days what I thought was that my extensions came OFF, so I called to get it reattached….. this is when they began to plot the show that I AM NOT A GOOD FIT FOR THEIR SALON, that THEYBHAVE RIGHT TO REFUSE, etc. As most of the time you give benefits of doubt u know??? I left the matter and didn’t do kuch except made an appointment for consultation with another reputable salon. Today I found out that these extensions shouldn’t be AS LONG, AS KUCH IN VOLUME and have pulled my TUFTS of hair off my scalp, I learned Modern Collectives had to know when they reinstalled my extensions 4 wks ago and chuse to FISCHARGE me instead of owning up to the problem and together coming to the solution. I was told by Gavybthat shenis we’ll know in the community and nobody would believe me but pictures do not lie and as a physician I know and take word RESPONSIBILITY very seriously, I am writing this review to help someone else not to get damaged and gusty like I did, tho

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