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Hazel Odessa Rhodes
Hazel O. was an army wife, mother, philanthropist, an active member of her local church, and continued to service clients until she passed at the age of 85 in 2016.
In creating Hazel O. Salon, Marcia and Nikita wanted to provide guests with the same warmth, empowerment, and beautiful hair that their grandmother so gracefully did for fifty plus years. This in mind, it was only right that the salon be set in the epicenter of historic Old Town Alexandria.
The two refer to Hazel O. as the “quintessential urban beauty oasis,” where clients can escape the intensity of the city in a tropical, soothing environment. Guests can enjoy the calming vibe of the salon while getting their hair, lashes, and brows done. The space includes a curated selection of stationery, candles, and the like made by local makers and small business owners from across the country. Hazel O. Salon also features a designated area with a platform ideal for industry classes and events.
Through Hazel O. Marcia and Nikita endeavor to continue their grandmother’s legacy while creating a new standard for salon culture. “Our goal is to provide services that guests rave about, products that meet the needs of all hair textures, and stylists that can achieve both.”
As a senior colorist Samantha specializes in creating vivid color combinations and custom blonding services. With over six years of experience in the beauty industry she’s had the pleasure of servicing clients across the country. Samantha’s talent has resulted in a portfolio that includes everything from styling hair for national television to editorial makeup for well-known publications.
As the daughter of a cosmetologist, Florence’s attraction to hair styling was almost innate. After more than 15 years of industry experience, this native Washingtonian has evolved into a true visionary and perfectionist as it relates to her craft. Florence’s guests include diverse clientele who seek out her expertise in hair care, keratin treatments, and updos.
Alexus is a west coast transplant who has brought that style with her in full force. Her hair career was born in 2011 and has transpired greatly since, now fine-tuned into a color specialist. Her guests love the conversation, the ease of her presence and leaving the salon feeling fresh. Alexus loves all things color and is able to achieve the most complex transformations with ease. She's worked in elite salons from Denver to D.C. and has found her home at Hazel O.