Q&A with Larissa Leary, Managing Partner, Advanced Education Director, L’ANZA Healing Artist, La Jolie Salon & Spa Interview

by Laurie Pellichero | Photos courtest of La Jolie Salon & Spa

After many years in downtown Princeton, La Jolie has moved. Tell us about your new location.

In October 2017, we officially opened our doors at 163 Bayard Lane Princeton. If you are a longtime resident of the area, you will probably remember it as the former location of Elements restaurant. The thoughtful design reimagined as a salon and spa is truly a modern retreat. Raw materials of wood, stone, and metal throughout give a rustic edge. We have created three defined spaces for hair, nails, and skincare. Comfort is a priority when you come to La Jolie. We wanted to make sure that from the moment you pull into one of our many parking spaces, you can escape the everyday hustle and enjoy any one of our services in a secluded atmosphere away from the busy downtown center.

La Jolie is also under new ownership. Has anything changed?

Absolutely! As the Managing Partner of La Jolie, it was exciting to have the opportunity to join with an international corporation. We now offer several new product lines such Lollia and Library of Flowers, both featuring luxury scrubs, lotions, and perfume. We also offer Little Green, an organic children’s hair care company, and Design Me, a creative vegan hair styling brand. Upgrading the salon and spa has begun as well. A private lounge for color processing and a make-up bar have been added. The vision of a salon and spa with the highest quality products and furnishings is of the utmost priority. We will continue to make sure everything is up to date. Our team of dedicated professionals are also excited that they can now feel valued by receiving a monthly bonus, paid time off, health care, and much more.

Describe your services, and what sets La Jolie apart from other salons.

La Jolie offers a vast range of services. We specialize in hair color using both L’ANZA Healing Haircare and Keratin Complex. Both color lines have the highest quality organic-based ingredients. Our blow dry memberships bring the blow dry bar experience to Princeton. With monthly memberships starting at $100, you can enjoy a weekly blow out with one of our talented stylists. The team of stylists all attend monthly advanced education classes to stay on top of the latest trends. The stylists have certifications in advanced cutting techniques from Vidal Sassoon, Balayage, hair extensions, and smoothing treatments, so they know how to take care of every need.

Guests also enjoy knowing that they see their stylist from beginning to end, creating a personal relationship each and every time. We are also known for our signature scalp and neck massage with every hair appointment. All our nail services feature OPI products and a pedicure area with resin bowls instead of jetted tubs, creating a superior platform for clean and hygienic services. Also on the first floor, we have treatment rooms for organic spray tanning, waxing, and lash extensions. The spa on the second floor is an airy, open space dedicated to skin care. Secluded away from the salon, our technicians provide the ultimate experience of relaxation. La Jolie has always been experience-focused. Now, more than ever, we continue to enhance the overall atmosphere. With a signature scent from R+Co in our nail and spa area, gift bags for all our first-time guests, and loyalty rewards for every dollar spent and referrals, we want to make sure that all our guests feel valued.

Do you have a private space for bridal parties or other special events?

One of the newest additions to our salon is the private space on the second floor, which is perfect for bridal parties, a girls’ night out, or any special occasion. We have a large styling and make-up bar as the center of it all. The entire area is dedicated to any party, large or small, for the day. We also have a changing room if needed, and the space has its own food and beverage area.

Are you featuring any current promotions?

Starting in December, we will be featuring lash extensions. We will have an amazing introductory offer of $150. For the holiday season, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for weekly product and gift card promotions.

La Jolie Salon & Spa
163 Bayard Lane, Princeton 609.924.1188
www.lajoliesalonspa.com