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Shassity Stevenson opens Skye Salons
 
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:09 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

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Shassity Stevenson passed on medical school for a career in hair care as owner of the Skye Salons in Charlotte.

Shassity Stevenson always had a passion for hair.


The Louisiana native had every intention of attending medical school after earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science from Louisiana State University. Then she decided to attend Aveda Institute while she waited to hear about her medical school applications, which was convenient since she lived on the same street as the cosmetology school. Suddenly her hobby became something she wanted to do daily.


“Once I started cosmetology school, there really was no turning back from there,” Stevenson said. “I knew this is what I was supposed to do.”


Jump forward to 2020. Despite a pandemic, Stevenson opened Skye Salons (8500 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite M) on Aug. 1, after nearly a decade in the industry.  The luxury boutique space offers three floor plans and 10 suites, which a stylist, estheticians or massage therapist can lease.


They intend to fill the six remaining suites by year’s end. An open house for interested industry professionals is scheduled for Nov. 22 from 4-6 p.m. Space is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and an RSVP is required. Tenants are provided with equipment as well as a virtual assistant.


Clients will contact the stylist directly to schedule appointments, as each stylist is independent. However, if a prospective client is looking to be placed with a stylist, reach out on www.skyesalonsuites.com. The space also includes a Skye Lounge, coworking space where clients can process and give the stylist time to see another client. The coworking space is for clients being served at that time, due to the pandemic.


The Skye Lounge allows stylists to see more clients while maintaining physical distancing. The suites allow for more protection, as it is just the stylist and the client in each space.

“We already had this idea of being able to operate in this socially distanced environment,” Stevenson said. “That has been my saving grace—still being able to service multiple clients, and service them safely and efficiently. Because people are working remotely a lot more, people are still able to get their services and then in the lounge [while they process], we have connectivity and WiFi. It is really the perfect blend of this new normal. It was scary at first but knowing that we have developed a concept that is fit for our new normal, I am very proud of what we have put together.”


Stevenson’s introduction to the independent stylist concept came when she moved to Charlotte.


“Salon suites was something very new, and it had not emerged in Louisiana,” she said.


Stevenson found the flexibility something she did not want to give up.


“Over the eight years being in Charlotte, I have realized that I have utilized all of these different resources and I have vetted all of these different ways I can make my life as an independent stylist easier—let me give this to other stylists,” she said. “We are creatives. We want to just come and create.”


To RSVP, go to: https://calendly.com/skyesalonsuites

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