Tiffany Glassburn quickly found herself captivated by the charm and community of the Arts and Design District when she first came to work in Carmel.
During her first job at a hair salon in town, she commuted from Kokomo and drove through the neighborhood one day.
“I felt in my heart that I would have a career here one day,” said Glassburn, who moved to Indianapolis when she opened a salon suite inside Sola Salons in Carmel.
Glassburn opened her hair salon, Elysian Collective, a salon focused on hair extensions and hair color, in April at 5 W. Main St. in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
“We focus specifically on hand-tied hair extensions,” she said. “We have a strong passion for helping our clients gain confidence through their hair. There is a stigma with hair extensions that they just have to take someone’s hair from short to long and look very unnatural and uncomfortable or damage your hair and scalp. While, yes, they can help transition someone’s hair from short to long, hair extensions actually serve a variety of different purposes and can absolutely be safe and comfortable to wear.
Glassburn said genetics plays a big role in hair condition.
“(Some women) have naturally fine/thin hair that just doesn’t grow out no matter what they try,” she said. “For other women, they may have suffered from health complications that changed their hair. We have many women who have struggled with their post-cancer hair treatments, thyroid issues, and/or post-birth. partum, etc.
Glassburn said some women suffered damage from heat styling, chemical damage or a previous bad haircut.
“We have many different options through hair extensions that can help women feel confident where they previously felt insecure through their hair,” she said. “There’s no better feeling in the world than seeing a woman see herself for the first time after her hair appointment and finally liking what she sees when looking at it in the mirror.”
Glassburn has another stylist working with her, but she said she expects to add more in the future.
The shop operates as a stand rental salon.
“All of our stylists operate independent businesses within Elysian Collective,” she said. I chose this business model because I am passionate about supporting other hairstylists with the ability to own and operate their own business while still feeling like part of a team of artists sharing the same ideas and solidarity. We have also recently integrated an apprenticeship training program.
Learn more about tiffanyglassburn.glossgenius.com.