Our New Normal: How We Are Keeping Our Staff and Clients Safe

After 3 months of missing our clients, we could not be happier to be back in action. However, this unprecedented time brings a lot of questions in terms of safety and security. Here at DeCola Salon, our main priority is the safety of our valued customers and their loved ones, along with our team members. To keep the salon as safe as possible during operation, we have instilled several new protocols. We will walk you through what your next visit will look like before, during, and after your appointment.

Before Your Appointment

Here at DeCola Salon, your safety starts before you walk in our door. The first step of our new normal procedure is to require all guests to fill out the guest waiver form before their appointment. With this form, clients are agreeing that they will adhere to the safety protocols in place during their appointment, whilst also confirming that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days of their appointment. Through this waiver, it is our goal to keep everyone entering through the door as safe as possible.

Upon arriving at the salon, we ask that you wait in your car until you receive a text that your stylist and your freshly sanitized station are ready for you. By waiting in your car until your stylist is ready, you are helping us minimize the number of people and crowding we have in the salon at a time. For safety reasons, our waiting area is no longer open for public seating, and we are not offering any refreshments to our guests. Without our waiting area, it is best for not only your safety, but our stylists as well, to avoid overcrowding in the front desk area.

Once you are entering the salon, we ask that you wear a mask, and keep it on during the entirety of your appointment until you leave the building. Our entire staff is also required to wear masks and we hope that you will do the same to minimize any amount of germ spreading. We will ask you to sanitize your hands, and verbally ask you a few questions regarding COVID symptoms, as well as possible exposures. Once we have cleared you at the front area, your stylist will take you back to their station.

During Your Appointment

As you join your stylist in their station, we want you to know that all aspects have been sanitized and disinfected including their chairs, mirror, and tools. Your safety is our priority. You will then embark on a thorough consultation with your stylist to ensure optimal communication of what your hair goals are.

During your service, you will notice the blue tape on the ground surrounding your stylist station. This is to recognize that all stations in service are placed at a socially distant 6 feet apart. You will also notice at the shampoo bowls that we are only utilizing half of the bowls at a time to maintain this 6 feet apart distance.

A few other safety precautions we are implementing include that we ask that you do not bring food or water to your appointments to ensure that you keep your mask on while you are here. We also ask that you leave any guests not receiving services at home. We ask this to keep the salon at the required capacity and to keep all of our clients and staff safe.

After Your Service

As your stylist completes your service, our Front Desk Associate will meet you at your chair to check you out and re-book your next appointment. In doing this, or goal is to avoid any possible crowding or waiting in line in front of the desk. We are not accepting tips on credit cards at this time. We are encouraging you to Venmo your stylist, or use cash. If you need your stylist's Venmo information please click here.

Before, during, and after all appointments, we can assure you that around-the-clock cleaning is happening. We have increased all of our cleaning protocols to ensure everything in the salon is frequently disinfected. Throughout the day we continuously sanitized commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, etc.

We have contained any used equipment such as towels and capes in secured sealed boxes until they are removed from the building for sanitizing to keep any potential spread of germs to any other areas of the salon.

While we understand that these times can be worrisome, we are doing everything we can to make sure that your visit is as stress-free and as safe as possible. We continually gather feedback and reviews from our clients to make sure they feel safe at our salon, and that we are monitoring the needs and requests of our customers.

Looking forward to that first post quarantine hair appointment? Don’t wait, book now! You can book online by clicking here, or giving us a call at 610-363-9554. Please contact us with any further questions or concerns regarding your next visit to DeCola Salon.

Hey, I'm Shanon! I'm a cutting & lived-in color specialist at DeCola Salon. I love complimenting hair of all lengths and texture with undone wavy finishes that can instantly modernize your look.

I wanted to include a short breakdown of my signature lived-in waves step by step, as well as recommend products along the way for all your hair needs. This look was created with a flat-iron but could easily be translated with most hot-tools.

Tip #1: Check Your Heat

For ANY hot tool check your heat, particularly with wavy looks I recommend between 320-350° for most hair types. If you experience "skipping" or don't feel like the hair is gliding easily through your flat-iron, turn the temperature down.

Tip #2: Sectioning

Vertical sectioning helps create ribboning bends, which create effortless waves. Larger sections create softer volume and less curl. Smaller sectioning creates tighter waves & can be used sporadically to enhance texture. Everything in front of your ears should be waved away from your face. You’ll then want to stagger directions throughout the rest of your hair, which will keep separation and avoid anything clumping together and creating one singular curl.

Start close to the root turn the iron 3/4 around, then pull down in a gliding motion. Be sure to stop 1-2 inches from your ends to encourage your finish and keep the curl from being too tight. You’ll want to elevate your sections as you go up the head, keeping the underlayers low and the crown area high. By doing this, you will enhance your volume as well as the shape for your haircut. Lastly, detail your look! Strengthen some of your top layer, straighten some of your ends, brush it all out forward with your hands or a brush to loosen the texture. By adding these finishing touches you will further enhance the styles undoneness and texture.


To start, damp hair is the right place to apply a heat protectant, to ensure your blow-dry & hot tool usage is as safe and less damaging to the hair as possible.

1. Leave-In Products:

FINE: R+CO waterfall

MEDIUM: R+CO centerpiece

COARSE: R+CO high dive

Once dry, mist each section with a flexible hairspray for hold & memory as you style.

2. Hairsprays For All Hair Types

R+CO Outer Space

Living Proof Flex

Design.Me Hold.Me

Next, soften your curls by brushing them out, and add shine.

3. Shine Products:

FINE: R+CO two-way mirror (You will only need to use a very small amount of this super-concentrated formula!)

MEDIUM: Lakme TEKNIA full defense serum

COARSE: R+CO neon lights

Lastly, add some texture, volume and finish the style.

Texture and Finishing Products

LIGHT - R+CO balloon Dry volume spray mist through your roots for mild texture

MEDIUM - R+CO sandcastle is softer with less grip, but still creates lovely root volume

HEAVY - for maximum results- use R+CO Badlands, work into fingertips and apply directly at your root. (My personal favorite and an absolute must for my clients)

To purchase any of these products online CLICK HERE, and type in the product name in the search box, or stop in at DeCola Salon today!

  • Pat Ricciuti

Updated: Feb 17

Hello, I’m Patricia Ricciuti and I want you to love your hair. I’ve had the pleasure of working behind the chair for 40 years. I keep my fire burning by attending several industry events and workshops every year. By feeding my creativity and honing my craft I am able to do the thing I love every working day. My passion is Haircutting and Event styling; I love all textures, density and curl patterns. After working in my studio salon for 24 years I joined the DeCola Salon team summer of 2018 and never looked back.

You hear it from your hairdresser all the time. For shine, strength and length don’t over wash your hair. Second and third-day hair can be refreshed quickly and easily saving you a lot of time blowing it out. The bonus is, it is actually better for your hair and scalp, also it will help to keep the vibrancy of that beautiful hair color services you invested in.

Know that there is no set schedule for washing your hair. Some of us can go a week, while others have a hard time skipping a day because of excess oil. If you are a daily shampoo person and you want long strong healthy hair, you may want to try skipping some of that washing. However, if you can’t skip daily washing, please be sure to use the very best shampoo and conditioner you can, in order to restore the hair fiber and scalp. Hair is like fabric. It is made up of dead tissue, so you need to care for it like you would your most delicate fabrics. Imagine washing and drying your favorite silk, rayon or cotton blouse day after day after day eventually it’s going to wear out and dry out. Don’t do this to your beautiful hair! At DeCola Salon, we carry several excellent lines of hair-care. Two notable favorites are R&Co and Lakme Teknia.

For long hair clients, wash once or twice a week. When your hair is wet, it is at its most fragile state. That is when a good amount of breakage occurs just by combing, brushing, or even the dreaded wet high messy bun. Take your time and give yourself a good blow out. This will ensure your hair does not go through excessive breakage. Use products to protect hair from hot tools like a blow dryer, curling or flat iron. By taking the time to style your hair, it will last several days longer and can easily be refreshed. Many people don’t think about blow-drying their dry second-day hair. That warm air (no need to use hot) and a brush will do the trick to bring second-day hair back to life. If needed, you can use a misting water bottle for a bit of dampness to reactive any styling product already in the hair and add a bit more control. Add dry shampoo before restyling. Death Valley dry shampoo by R&CO is a great choice. For third and fourth day hair, embrace some curls, or even a messy or sleek bun/ponytail!

Believe it or not, short hair needs more attention than long hair. It always tends to look like a mess in the morning sticking up on one side and laying flat on the other and that’s speaking from experience! Here are some go-to tips:

  1. Wet your hands or use a misting water bottle and get into the root area and massage that hair up where it has flattened out overnight.

  2. Use your brush and blow dryer to style your hairstyle. That little bit of water and heat will boost any styling product you already have in. You can re-blow out your hair for days without re-wetting the whole head. That warm air can reshape your dry hair just like an iron and smooth out wrinkles.

  3. If needed, you can add more styling products. For my fine short hair, R&CO Rodeo Star mousse is great. The light volume and scent are super pleasing. On the second day, add texture and shine spray. On the third day, use a bit of dry shampoo.

Top Five Takeaways:

  1. Use the very best shampoos and conditioners. This is your hair for crying out loud!

  2. Skip washing it every day. It was just clever marketing that made us think we needed to wash our hair every day. For strong, shiny hair, give it a break.

  3. Re-blow that blowout. A good blow out with styling products for hold has memory. So just a few minutes of a little extra love and you are ready to go.

  4. Dry shampoo. There are so many to choose from. We all find our love. For oily and flat hair is R&CO Death Valley. For short hair, use Badlands, which is a paste styling dry shampoo that adds volume and texture, while absorbing oils.

  5. Talk to your stylist about all your hair needs. When getting your hair done, ask questions about how you can reproduce it at home. We want you to love your hair!

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