Our Story


Hazel O. Salon is named after the late Hazel Odessa Rhodes, a cosmetologist in Alexandria, VA, and the grandmother to founders Marcia Rhodes-Tyler and Nikita Rhodes Montgomery.  

“Our grandmother took pride in what is now known as today “self-care.” She graduated from beauty school and serviced clients out of her home where women left feeling beautiful on the inside and out as a result of her warmth, wisdom, and talent.”  -Nikita Montgomery, Owner and Founder.

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.  

“Paying homage to our grandmother, we designed a luxe, Floridian, loft-style salon with emerald accents - a nod to our grandmother’s home state, and birthstone.  The classic furniture mimics her Alexandria home, and live plants adorn the space in honor of grandma’s green thumb.” -Marcia Rhodes-Tyler, Owner and Founder.

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.