FRAMINGHAM – Walking into the newly-expanded salon, the warm lights and soothing colors provide a welcoming atmosphere. But it isn’t just the interior itself that provides a cozy feeling – salon owner Lee Rudman and her team work hard to make every customer feel welcome.
Prisms Hair Design Studio has been in business for eight years now. The salon, named after the prism and the way in which the light spectrum affects color, specializes in color correction and Hotheadz Extensions.
Once located in the 15 School Street Plaza in Saxonville, Prisms recently moved to 419 Worcester Road on Route 9.
“It’s funny, because I’ve been working so I haven’t really even noticed the difference, because I’m so used to it,” Rudman said, “We went from 2 stations to, now we have 8 stations. Three bathrooms, three sinks, so we’re not waiting for each other.”
One of the salon owner’s favorite features of the new space is the color bar.
The ‘bar’, composed of dark wooden shelving/cabinets and a granite countertop, features neatly organized bottles of hair color in a way that strikes the eye.
“I’ve done a lot of training out in Miami and New York, and so I love the whole concept, for us, of a color bar, because it makes it easy for us to have everything at our hands,” Rudman said.
However, the color bar is not just about serving as a workspace. It also serves as a space where clients can connect with both stylists and other clients.
The granite countertop branches into an L-shaped extension, where there are two wooden chairs for clients to sit in. There, clients are able to plug into outlets to finish work, enjoy a cup of coffee or chat while their stylist mixes their hair color.
“One of the things we wanted to incorporate is not only a workspace for ourselves, I really wanted the client to be able to have a space to connect still, so that’s why we have this here, so that people can actually sit and have coffee together, or talk to us as we’re mixing their fabulous potions and everything.”
This area has already proven successful.
The other day, a woman brought her 9-year-old son into the salon, who sat at the counter watching a movie as she got her hair done.
A 50-something-year-old client then came in early from Boston, asking if she could eat her dinner at the countertop.
According to Rudman, the pair formed a connection, one of the ‘loveliest’ moments she has witnessed thus far in the new salon.
“It’s so hard, from 18 down, everybody’s on their phones and so it’s great that we have all this social connection, but there’s no person-to-person connection, so this was so awesome to have them talking together- a 50-something year old woman and a 9-year-old.” Rudman added, “What was lovely was when she left and went in to get her hair done, the mom was in there, and she was like ‘Your son is so terrific.’ ”
The space also features a warm color palette, an open, spacious environment, and pieces that are uniquely tailored to the environment. These pieces include a stone wall in the entryway, which also serves as a backdrop for the salon’s social media pictures, as well as free-standing work stations and freestylers, hair dryers that are suspended from the ceiling to relieve the pressure from the stylists’ neck and back.
“The salon itself is such a unique project for me. Everybody that was involved was a friend, so it made it really awesome. My contractors are people I adore and do such high-quality work,” Rudman said.
Though she has owned her own salon for eight years, Rudman has been doing hair for nearly 3 decades.
She started out at Vincent Cox on Newbury Street and has also worked in Wellesley, Hopkinton, and now her hometown of Framingham.
Prisms Hair Design Studio offers numerous services.
In terms of hair, the salon offers cut, texture, color, extensions and special occasion services. The salon offers facials, peels, eyelash extensions, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, waxing and airbrush tanning.
The Prisms team is made up of stylist/owner Lee Rudman, master stylist Maranda Pelletier, stylist Lisa Graveline master esthetician Mollie Currier and receptionist Elysia.
Though she has been doing hair for 30 years, Rudman encourages herself and her team to stay as educated as they can.
In fact, they attend conventions and training every year. This year, the team will travel to a Florida convention in June.
So what does Rudman enjoy most about the job? The people by whom she is surrounded, both clients and co-workers alike.
“I get to make people feel better every day. I never wake up and don’t want to go to work,” Rudman said, adding that going to work feels like hanging out with her friends, who have also become her ‘family.’
The salon owner hopes to hold a grand opening for the salon’s new location sometime in the spring.
Incorporating her passion for bringing the community together, Rudman hopes to include a ‘sidewalk sale’ for all businesses located in the plaza.
Rudman warmly invites both old and new customers into her newly-expanded salon. Anyone looking to find out more is encouraged to visit the salon’s website or Facebook page.
“I don’t want to be a salon that’s just about hair. I want it to be about community connections.”