one beauty salon in Santa Fe, every day is a holiday, in both name and spirit.
It's the Holiday Salon in the very heart of the city, just two blocks from the
famous Plaza. And as the salon's devoted clientele—both local and from all over
the country—will attest, going there is indeed cause for celebration.
Linda Evans, who has run the operation for almost 40 years, sets the classy tone
of the Holiday Salon. A native Santa Fean, she had the self-confidence to start
her own business shortly after graduating from beauty college in 1961. Today,
with eight specialists on the staff, the salon is one of the largest and busiest
in Santa Fe.
what is the Holiday Salon's secret? "We love our clients," laughs Linda.
there's more to it than that. Location is another key. The salon started far out
on the Cerrillos Road commercial strip. Linda realized, however, that in order
to attract Santa Fe's never-ending stream of visitors in addition to local residents,
she needed to be near the central hotels. And so she moved, 27 years ago, to the
is another secret of success. Serving both men and women, boys and girls, with
more than 40 different listed services, ranging from complete nail care, hair
styling and color to makeup aritistry, the Holiday Salon does it all—and then
some. When Kimberly Hull recently joined the staff, she brought with her such
exotic treatments as Chinese-style facials, hot-stone massages, foot reflexology
and a procedure called "ear coning," which removes wax and other impurities from
the ear, to improve taste, smell, hearing, balance and overall wellness.
energizes the Holiday Salon staff more than special occasions such as weddings
and parties. Many times a year they coordinate the styling for large events; and
every Halloween, faithful customers come in for outrageous fantasy makeup. The
salon covers all looks, from conservative to wild, for people of all ages.
to its community as well as its clientele, the Holiday Salon participates regularly
in charitable fund-raising activities. Earlier this year several clients served
as models in a fantasy fashion show that raised $3,500 for the New Mexico Children's
to Linda, her work can be described in three words: "challenging, exciting and
rewarding." A seven-year client sums up the Holiday Salon in a sentence: "They
are experts in what they do, and are helpful every step of the way." The people
who pass through the doors of the Holiday Salon are not just clients, but also
Salon, 202 Galisteo, at the corner of Water Street, in the Otra Vez in Santa Fe
Building, 505-983-7594. Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment at other
times. Walk-ins welcome. Haircuts for men begin at $25, for women at $45. Full
services provided for permanent waves, hair coloring, nails, skin and makeup.
Out-of-town and hotel guests must secure appointments with MasterCard or Visa.
Free parking is available adjacent to the Salon.