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Layla: A Social Salon creates a communal experience

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Tzigane Libson is building a new style culture at Layla.
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When stylist Tzigane Libson opened Layla in March, she knew she wanted to go above and beyond the average hair salon. To create a space that was more than just cuts and foils, Libson focused on community—making people look and feel beautiful while inspiring her stylists through education. Thus, the social salon concept was born.

“I think there’s a stigma sometimes that goes with salons or hair stylists, so I wanted something that changed that,” Libson says.

In addition to Layla’s treatment menu, the salon offers complimentary yoga classes every month, there’s a speed-dating event coming up in November and customers can join a salon book club that meets every three months. “A social salon is your everything salon,” Libson says. “It’s a lifestyle.”

The Zimbabwe-born hair stylist got her first pair of scissors a decade ago, but it was her role as the assistant manager at Downtown’s Globe Salon that got her interested in running her own business. “Those two years I spent with James [Reza] and Staci [Linklater], they really carved the way for how I was going to go about my career,” Libson says. Since then, she’s become a Paul Mitchell national educator, and she’s built Layla (also her middle name) from the ground up.

Libson still gets behind the chair three times a week, but she’s now focused on running the business and teaching her team the latest cutting-edge techniques.

“When I get excited about hair, it’s education,” Libson says. “I love all the trends, I love the ombre, I love the unicorn hair. But my favorite part about it is being able to see it, learn it—then teach it and share it.” Layla: A Social Salon, 7865 W. Sahara Ave., 702-336-6886.

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