In fast-paced American society, people have made an art of accomplishing as much as they are capable in as little time as possible. Tasks deemed as trivial are outsourced to someone elsewhere on the food chain, and it is easy to forget about taking care of oneself. Fortunately, there are places out there to help people with their hedonistic needs.
Karimali for Hair in West Fenwick Station is one such place, and for those who stop in, Gina Karimalis and her experienced staff will help them forget about their busy life; at least for a little while.
Karimalis, along with stylists Courtney Burkle, Doris Gordem and Kelly Martin, have nearly 65 years of combined experience in the salon industry.
“We put a lot of emphasis on our staff’s level of experience,” said Karimalis. “We attend a minimum of three classes a year to keep ourselves up to date on all the latest products and techniques.”
Karimali offers many of the services one would expect to find at a salon, as well as a few unique treatments that they would be pressed to find elsewhere. They offer haircuts for men, women and children, as well as hair styling. All haircuts include a relaxing shampoo, styling and blow-dry. One customer, named Laura, noted, “Karimali is a nice place to come relax. I don’t feel hurried, and they pay a lot of attention to detail.”
For those who are interested in something a bit more exciting, they might want to have your hair colored in either a single or double process. Highlights are also offered in full or partial packages. But if color is too dramatic, clients might be interested in a permanent treatment, or simply a color glazing designed to bring out a natural shine. For those seeking the truly exotic, Karimali offers all-natural straightening and smoothing treatments using Brazilian keratin.
For those looking to relax for a few minutes, the salon also offers manicure and pedicure services. Customers are treated to a relaxing foot soak and salt scrub in a heated chair. Dry skin is removed, followed by a careful toe or finger treatment, and a wrap of hot towels. Lastly, the hands or feet and ankles are massaged thoroughly.
Even the atmosphere of the salon is relaxing. Karimalis designed the interior herself, and the whole salon has a chic modern flare. The salon is very open, with brightly colored walls and interesting art. Large paper lanterns provide lighting. One of Karimalis’ clients, Trish, commented, “Gina really knows what she’s doing. There’s a nice atmosphere here. You have to feel comfortable.”
Much of the salon’s aesthetic is drawn from European style. Karimalis has been to Greece twice with her husband, Kosta, whose family lives there.
“We went into every salon we could find looking for styles to incorporate into our business. A lot of people think of ancient times when they think of Europe, but that’s a very stereotyped mindset. Everything in Europe is new and modern, like you’re at a runway show,” Karimalis said.
The salon’s name, for example, comes from a bit of Greek tradition. Karimalis explained, “It’s common in Greek tradition for a woman to drop the S from her surname; similar to how we add a Miss or Missis. So in my case, Karimalis becomes Karimali.”
Karimalis said, “There are a lot of reasons for people to come into a salon that they don’t think about – hygiene, for example. Anyone who works with their hands could benefit from having their nails cleaned. Plus, it just feels good to be pampered.”
Karimali for Hair will celebrate one year of business on Nov. 20. Salon hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. A free consultation is required for hair extensions and all-natural straightening. Contact the salon at (302) 436-0208 for further information, or to set up an appointment.