Photo by DA Fitzgerald.
When I was young, my parents and two other families started an annual Christmas tree competition for the neighborhood, good friends and family members. He grew up. We went from spectators arriving in convoys of cars to a bus. The bus would stop at the house; people were piling up; the impartial judges circled the decorated tree with pencils and notepads in hand, judging for color, originality, decoration materials, lighting, technique.
This holiday tradition was imprinted on the young me. This is probably one of the reasons I have a great appreciation and an insightful eye for a particularly well-turned tree. So believe me when I tell you: Details Hair Innovations Christmas Tree in Egg Harbor is one of them.
Salon owners Tina George and Polly Swagel have been decorating a magically different tree every year for the past 26 years in their Aveda Concept salon in Main Street stores. The stunning display is easy to see. What may not be so obvious is the time and thought that goes into it. This year, for example, they took inspiration from an American fashion designer, a 19th-century Dutch post-impressionist painter, and a hair coloring technique called “ombre” that toned down colors and tones in them. into each other.
“It’s a lot of work,” said George, “but it’s worth it because it really brings a lot of happiness to our customers.”
The women worked together in a Sister Bay salon for 15 years before making their own way in 1995. They were the first and only tenants of the free-standing building 3 at the end of the shops on Main Street, where they are still found today. .
“Two women who have worked together for 26 years, I think it’s a huge success,” said George. “And we still love each other.”
They come up with a new theme for the tree each year, working at least two days to bring their unified vision to life.
“It just depends on what’s going on in the world, what’s going on in our lives,” said George.
They head to their storage unit in October to sort and organize their large cache of ornaments. They select colors, shapes, textures. They decide what’s up and down, and “everything in the middle is going to go right,” said George.
This year there is a fusion of Asian influence and sustainability – an inspiration from Aveda’s holiday collection collaboration with fashion designer Phillip Lim, founder of fashion label 3.1. Another inspiration came this summer when they visited the Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience exhibition in Milwaukee. The exhibition moved visitors along walls covered in projections enveloped in light, colors and shapes that swirled and danced and refocused in the artist’s masterpieces of flowers, cafes and landscapes.
“It was absolutely amazing,” said George. “They keep him moving constantly; it melts from one image to another.
They wanted to do this with the tree – “shade from one color to another,” George said. “The colors intertwine, but you can always see how different they are. When you look at our tree, you can see how it changes from pinks to greens to whites; they kind of blend into each other.
They call it their tree of joy.
“We need joy in the world right now,” said George. “The colors you see are peaceful and calming. It just brings you joy when you see it.