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SALON OF THE
A Salon to Call Home
A Newport Beach, California, salon owner provides one-on-one service thanks to a unique living arrangement.
Madison Salon 502 30th St. Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.675.7757 madisonsalon.com
A metal garage door rolls up to reveal an all-glass entrance that opens into the salon’s waiting area.
Like many stylists, Louis Orozco
discovered his passion early. At age 13, he was already working at a barbershop alongside his grandfather. During junior high school, Orozco took a trip to Beverly Hills, California, that revealed the world of hairstyling to him. With that fateful 90210 outing, he was hooked. Now a part of styling teams for Victoria’s Secret and Prada, Orozco admits not everyone shared his excitement about his new career in the beginning. “When I decided to go into hair care, my dad didn’t speak to me for a year,” he recalls. “My parents always thought I would be an architect.” Some might say it took an architect’s eye to spot the potential in the three-ﬂoor loft in Newport Beach, California, which now houses Madison Salon—and Orozco. “A 750-square-foot portion of the lower level is the main salon, and the second ﬂoor is my private salon and patio,” he shares. The uppermost ﬂoor is Orozco’s living space.
Space is at a premium in the downstairs salon, so only four active workstations host clients, with nine hairdressers working different shifts. “I love the setup right now,” Orozco says. “It’s easy to maintain quality control and be close to everyone if they need me; I don’t take it for granted. “Seven years ago, I visited Tokyo to check out the salons and was inspired by how the use of big mirrors and the color white opened up the space and made it very airy,” he continues. With an all-white palette and modern details, Madison Salon is a contemporary dream. In addition to its
Since space is at a premium, hair dryers hang from the ceiling at Madison thanks to FreeStyle Systems.
Images: courtesy of Madison Salon
minimalist approach to design, the space boasts a glass front and a garage door that rolls up, giving the salon a feeling of being larger than it is. “I’m proud to say that the staff has been able to keep the white ﬂoors white. I like things clean, in order and balanced. I hate to use the word ‘perfection,’ but I guess I have a little bit of Type A personality in me,” Orozco laughs. While some salons may offer several services, Orozco takes a minimalist approach to the Haircolor: menu, too: Hair is the sole Goldwell focus of Madison Salon. Hair care: Oribe, “I train all of the stylists,” Kérastase, Bumble he informs. “So I do a lot and bumble of learning to inspire the staff.” Most recently, Orozco Best-selling started working with Oribe product: Oribe and bringing the legendary Après Beach Wave stylist’s lessons back to his and Shine Spray staff. “I’m constantly learning, Furniture: and, since our studio is on the custom-made smaller side, it’s easy to share that education.” —Liz Barrett
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LaunchPad - November 2011
Salon of the Month
Hollywood for the Holidays
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