A new Spokane Valley hair salon might bring back memories of yesteryear, but owners are not likely to make you sleep in those painful curlers.
Those are for display only at Pincurl Palace, which opened last month in the Dishman-Mica Professional Center. The charming two-booth salon is outfitted in refurbished furniture painted mostly soft pink and aqua, and adorned with vintage linens and retro beauty parlor items. Timeless music also fills air.
“We wanted it to reflect our style of business and this is us – our personalities,” said co-owner and hair stylist Atasha Eppers, who partnered to open Pincurl Palace with longtime co-worker Lynne Boatsman. “We wanted a retro salon – something unique that no one else has in the area.”
Clients sit in front of refurbished three-mirrored vintage dressers, sit under the dryer in the once-kelly green now pink old-school salon chair, and find shampoos stored in old metal milk crates at the washing station.
Their prickly curlers are on display in a big glass container along with a midcentury rewired hair dryer called the Turbinator – a family heirloom of Eppers.
The two stylists have several years experience in the Valley and have worked together for nine years. Both graduated from the Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design in Spokane. And while some two decades separate their ages, the two share several common bonds and have become best friends.
“We have the same work ethic and goals,” said Boatsman. “It’s about our clients. We both work 10 to 12 hour days. … Our clients have followed us from salon to salon (where we rented booths).”
The two have longtime clientele built over the years, often cutting hair for entire families. They try to work new clients in but that can take several weeks to schedule. They charge about $35 for cuts and coloring begins at about $75.
The two also have discovered a new way to travel to work during the warm season: each on their white Aprilia Scarabeo scooters with Pincurl Palace logos in pink adorning the rack-mounted cargo cases.
“We do our hair (upon arrival to work) because we can’t have helmet hair,” Eppers said.