‘Comfort first’ at salon
EAGLE – In music, the word “adagio” means to play slowly, in measured time. In dance, an adagio is also slowly executed to allow the dancer to move with utmost grace and to exquisitely perform each step.Hair stylist Diane Nudell decided to name her new beauty salon in Eagle Adagio because, for her, the word conjured up the relaxed comfort, pampering and beauty she wanted to bestow on her clients. “I wanted something that conveyed an easy and graceful manner,” Nudell says. At Adagio, the traditional, laminated cabinets and commercial stations found in most beauty salons are nowhere in sight. Instead, an understated elegance predominates, as if you’d stepped into someone’s private parlor. A warm glow fills the room, created by candles, honey woodwork cranberry-and-gold window swags and slipper chairs. The salon also has an Oriental runner on the floor, beaded boudoir lamps, stylish, furniture-styled cabinets and candelabra-style cup holders. There is even a kitchen from which Nudell serves drinks and snacks.”I wanted something where clients can come in and feel relaxed, and sit and have a cappuccino,” Nudell elaborates.The decor also is practical and even cutting edge – the black salon seats are deeply cushioned for utmost comfort, Nudell says.
While clients relax to soft music, under pastel-colored pendant lighting, Nudell moves around the freestanding black pedestal basin to give a full-range massage from behind the client, as well as in front, while washing his or her hair. Next to the basin, on a raised platform, is the pedicure spa, complete with massage and heating elements, which clients can control themselves.”Comfort first, beauty second,” Nudell says.Experience, expertiseAdagio offers haircuts, color treatments, corrective color, styles and waves. Nudell also does pedicures and manicures, paraffins, eyebrow waxes and shaping as well as lip and chin waxes. Adagio also has a birthday-party package for teenagers or young girls, complete with three pampered hours of mini-manicures and pedicures, hairstyles, beverages, snacks and a goodie bag to take home. The salon sells hair, skin and nail products and gift cards. In the future, Nudell hopes to add massages and facials to her repertoire, as well as ladies’ night out packages, she says. “I offer the latest in technical expertise from haircuts to color chemical services,” Nudell says, adding she is a firm believer in ongoing education. She regularly attends seminars and hair shows to keep current with the most up-to-date styles and techniques, she says.
“It not only motivates you as a hairstylist, it offers the latest and greatest in techniques,” she notes. “It’s a necessity.”Nudell particularly enjoys creating highlights for clients, she says. “They walk out of here feeling so great,” she said.Fulfilling a visionAdagio has only been open a couple of weeks, but Nudell is far from new to the salon industry. She has a loyal clientele right here in the valley, where she has worked for the past eight years.Before opening Adagio, Nudell was a stylist with Total Beauty at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, and in its Vail Village salon, which she managed for a time. After she and husband David became pregnant with the second of their three children, she decided the daily commute upvalley was taking too much time away from the family. So, for the past couple of years, she has been seeing clients in her home in Eagle.David would always hear his wife musing, “if I had a salon, I would…” about everything from decor to service.
One day, not long ago, he asked his wife point blank, “What do you see yourself doing in five, 10 years from now?” It was a gentle, loving prodding, but David knew, before Nudell did, that what she really longed to do was open her own salon.”I knew, in the back of my mind, she would do it,” David says.Nudell quickly realized he was right. She already knew what she envisioned for her new shop, she says. “I knew I wanted something high end,” Nudell says firmly.A real estate broker for Prudential Gore Range Properties in Edwards, David helped Nudell locate a spot in Eagle in a relatively new building on Broadway near other service-oriented businesses. Despite the technical expertise, extensive experience, high-end service and beautiful décor, prices are competitive at Adagio. Women’s haircuts begin at $40, and men’s at $25, and all cuts include a consultation, luxurious shampoo, blow-dry and style. Color treatments start at $35, and highlights begin at $55. Birthday Party Packages are $120-$150, for up to four people.”I have wonderful, loyal clients,” Nudell says. “I’ve just wanted forever to give them beauty and comfort and the best service ever.”Vail, Colorado