'Best Place for New Do': Salon Marjorie

An oasis of calm

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A hair salon is more than just a place where people go to get their hair cut or styled. It is an oasis of pampering and a rare opportunity to tune out a hectic schedule. Salon Marjorie at the foot of Ledoux Street is just such an oasis.

Marjorie Olsen opened her salon in 1996 and built its reputation by teaching her staff the French haircutting techniques from Jacques Dessange of Paris, where she studied when she worked with Carsten Wilms of Carsten Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, for 8 years.

“Taking care of the clients is what makes a salon good or not,” Olsen said. “As artists, we celebrate the beauty of the individual. We share our creativity, talents, skill and enthusiasm in helping the client look as good as they can. We also like to learn about the client and what they need. We find out what their wants and desires are.”

Olsen also pointed out how, at the end of all that, it’s difficult not to establish a personal relationship with the client. That relationship includes discovering changes they might or might not be comfortable with such as cuts or color.

It’s not for everyone to want to do something bold, but it is fun to change,” she said, adding that’s just fine if you don’t want to change things up. There’s no pressure.

Salon Marjorie is also an Aveda Salon, a designation meant to keep salon quality high. Aveda is a company that produces high quality, botanically based beauty products, such as hair products, skincare, and makeup. The company partners with hundreds of salons that sell and use Aveda products exclusively.

Services at the salon include hair, massage and bodywork, along with skincare, waxing, and tinting. “I do have an aesthetician here. She’s wonderful. Skincare is a big part of the whole transformation process,” Olsen said.

Salon Marjorie has received the “Best of Taos” award for hairstyling before and has been voted into the top slot many times.

She said education is an important part of developing new techniques, which keeps Olsen inspired and committed to helping her clients and staff to continually grow. Olsen’s photography — images used on the website (salonmarjorie.com) and for advertising — is part of the artistic endeavors that she enjoys. The salon employs a University of New Mexico and Aveda-trained licensed integrative massage therapist for a wide variety of techniques used for a massage session tailored to the individual needs of the client. Deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial, sports, medical, trigger-point, stretching, and aromatherapy are some of the styles that can be integrated into sessions.

Personally, Olsen is an artist, photographe, and amateur chef. This like of “life as art” mission in life has made the salon what it is.

Salon Marjorie is the place to inspire you to look and feel as good as you can. The environment is healing, soothing and relaxing, and the energetic staff helps you stop, find an oasis of calm and take care of yourself.

The salon is located on Ledoux Street. They’re open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m -5 p.m. Call (575) 751-7246 or email salonmarjorie@hotmail.com for an appointment.

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