Salon X, formerly on Kit Carson Road, has moved to a space on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, and practically the only aspect of the establishment that remained the same is its name.
Stylists Delta Bayer and Marie Fleur jointly owned and operated Salon X for nine years when it was on Kit Carson, and Fleur still operates a salon in that location, but under the name Marie Fleur Salon. Bayer took the salon’s original name with her when she moved. The new salon opened Oct. 1.
Bayer said she envisioned a multi-service salon that offered manicures, pedicures and massage in addition to hair. The woman Bayer hired to do nails, hair and massage studied massage in Thailand and uses reflexology on customers’ feet when she does pedicures.
Bayer said Fleur had no interest in expanding their business beyond hair, so the two amicably split into two salons. The pair have been friends for nearly 30 years, since the two were in high school.
“We figured we’d rather preserve our friendship than preserve the business,” Bayer said.
Bayer wanted to offer customers all-natural and “green” beauty products in addition to traditional products. She wanted to create a community space within her business that locals could use to teach classes, host events and perform shows. The manicure and pedicure stations in the back room of the salon are easily movable to create an open space for those purposes.
The first of these events takes place on Saturday (Oct. 26), and is a combination grand opening of Bayer’s salon and art opening for the artists’ work that lines the walls of the business.
With her new salon, Bayer envisioned a place where she could display her friends’ artwork. Featured currently is work by T.D. Olsen and Greg Moon — much of Moon’s work are nighttime images of suburban neighborhoods, and Olsen’s are largely abstract pieces.
Bayer said she selected work for the salon that is “more edgy” than your typical Taos art. She also sells jewelry from a company called Color by Amber, which donates a portion of its profits to an organization called Full Circle, which helps women artisans around the world. The brightly colored, geometric jewelry is also uncharacteristic of the typical Taos aesthetic, Bayer said.
“In Taos, we’re so inundated with silver,” she said.
Bayer has been doing hair for 14 years, and studied under Jaques Dessange in Paris. She was born in upstate New York and moved to Taos when she was 15. As an adult, she spent time in Seattle, Albuquerque and Paris before moving back to Taos and opening a business with her high school friend.
Bayer said her new salon, with its green products and community space, is the perfect fit for Taos.
“I felt it was something that’s really needed here,” she said.