The Lyons Mane Salon has a friendly, down-home atmosphere that clients enjoy, says shop owner Judi Lyons-Picard.
“I have a client who refers to this shop as ‘Steel Magnolias,’” she says, referencing the play and film about women who form close friendships at a salon.
“We walk through life with people,” Lyons-Picard says. “I like it that my salon is a place much like home.”
The walk through her life initially led the Charleston, South Carolina native to the beauty and fashion industry where she worked as a model and competed in Miss USA pageant competitions in her late teens.
When she became a model and began competing in pageants, “It was a surprise to everyone,” she remarks. “I was also a tomboy.”
A statuesque woman with long, curly hair and a creamy complexion, Lyons-Picard has worked to maintain her appearance. And she finds it rewarding to help others optimize their individual attributes.
“Everybody who comes through the doors is beautifully made by God,” she says.
A simple hair color, cut and blow dry can make a person feel better, Lyons-Picard says.
A wide range of clients come to the salon, including children and quite a few men who don’t seem to mind the feminine décor—which she says isn’t as obvious as her former shop painted in bubble-gum pink.
“We do have a large male clientele,” she says. “We take care of clients from birth to death,” she notes.
Along with standard offerings such as haircuts and styling, are foil highlights, specialty colors, permanents, hair straightening and facial and eyebrow waxing.
Among other services at the salon are massage sessions by Sarah Owenby Bishop, an experienced masseuse who uses both traditional and Thai techniques.
The salon also offers “Deva Curl,” a special service for women with curly hair that teaches clients how to manage and style their tresses.
Speaking of flattering hairstyles for clients, Lyons-Picard says that she and other stylists at her shop try to guide them in a good direction.
“When clients come in and present us with a picture that is unrealistic, our job is to tell them and direct them,” she says. “Our favorite is when somebody comes here and has no clue what they want,” she adds.
A Paul Mitchell salon, the Lyons Mane primarily uses this brand of hair products on clients. However, a large selection of other products for the hair, face and body also can be found at the salon, including those that are organic.
Before placing a product in the salon, Lyons-Picard tests it to ensure its quality.
“There’s nothing here that hasn’t been used on me,” she says.
She is particularly fond of Rodan + Fields skin care products, which Lyons-Picard says are similar in quality to ones prescribed by dermatologists.
Lyons-Picard has been at her present location in a shopping center on Sand Hill Road in Candler for the past three years after moving from her initial location in Asheville.
Since founding the Lyons Mane in 2007, she has been focused on growing the business and making it successful. She presently works with three other stylists whom she describes as “a beautiful bunch of hometown girls.”
Lyons-Picard is married to Guy Picard, owner of 360 Home Improvement. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing with her Yorki Lulu and her labradoodle Harold, exercising, running in the parks, camping, hiking, kayaking—and taking the occasional exotic vacation.
However, a central focus of her life remains on helping clients who come to her salon look and feel their best.
“Life is hard, and it may feel like you’re going through hell—but there’s no sense looking like it,” Lyons-Picard states with humor on the home page of the Lyons Mane website at www.lyonsmaneasheville.com.
Lyons Mane Salon is at 1390 Sand Hill Rd., Candler. The salon phone number is 828-681-0186.
By Sandra Barnes