At Salon D NOLA (317 Burgundy St., Suite 14, 504-581-3490; www.salondnola.com), owner and stylist Dianna Thomas-Weder and her employees offer services ranging from makeup applications and blowouts to hair coloring. The team shares a common goal: make every client feel more beautiful than they did when they arrived.
"[The Salon D team is] all so talented and up to any aesthetic challenge," Thomas-Weder says.
Specializing in bridal makeup and wedding hair styling, the team at Salon D NOLA recreates looks from photos or magazines. They also can do hair and makeup on-site at weddings and event venues.
Thomas-Weder has 15 years in the salon industry and is proud to be a small business owner in the city. Originally from St. Louis, she arrived in New Orleans in 2010 by way of Tampa, Florida.
"I love New Orleans — I was always visiting (before moving here)," she says. "When I opened my salon, I wanted to put jobs back in the community. It's important to support local businesses. It's nice to meet so many people from all around the countryand the world, but we reallystrive to take care of our local base of customers."
The French Quarter salon sees its fair share of tourists and wedding parties. Thomas-Weder says local residents sometimes hesitate to patronize downtown businesses because of concerns about traffic and parking. But Thomas-Weder chose her location for a reason: It's nestled between five public parking lots and surrounded by metered street parking.
"It's easy to get in and out," she says. "I like to remind locals that it's OK to come to the Quarter."
A few doors down from the salon, Salon D Too (301 Burgundy St., Suite E, 504-510-4000) offers manicures and pedicures. Both bustling, light-filled locations echo with the conversations of stylists, nail technicians and clients. The staff shows dedication to their craft, listening to what clients want while creating stylish looks.
"We really do take a lot of time to do things right," Thomas-Weder says.