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Zia Salon Comes to UA


What rhymes with ‘chia’ and also relates to hair? That would be Zia Salon of Upper Arlington — though instead of growing ‘hair’ from ceramic pots, it styles hair using ceramic straightening irons, round brushes and a whole lot of hairspray.


Located at 3716 Riverside Drive just next door to Colin’s Coffee and Figlio, this small salon is a refreshing change from salons that are so large you still haven’t seen the back of the place yet.


But the mega salon is getting less fashionable as stylists fend for themselves in places such as Salon Lofts or other private contractor salons. In the midst of such salon variety, ZIA brings the best of both worlds.


“Booth rental salons in Columbus are growing in popularity, and also in size, in most cases costing the stylist more in rent and responsibility,” Owner of ZIA Salon and Makeup and Hair Stylist Amy Zender said. “ZIA is a small open concept salon that feels like a traditional salon to the guest and stylist, meaning your not closed off to a small single room, leaving you free to ‘socialize’ the old school way.”


And with only six stylists, you’ll get to know ZIA’s staff as if they were family.


“Hair is all we do, but any style, size or shape we can handle it. We defiantly keep up with the ever-changing trends,” Zender said. “One of our own is even a traveling educator. She goes out to other salons and teaches color classes, new techniques being a major part of it.”


Though ZIA’s services only include hair, Zender’s other profession as a makeup artist sometimes collides by way of a Lancome preview party or other makeup-related event.


At Zia, prices for a women’s cut range from 25 dollars to 45 dollars, with color prices starting at 60 dollars.


After the Riverside Beauty Salon closed, Zender was given a chance to fulfill a life-long dream in February of 2013.  Zender said, “I always wanted to own a salon and when all the ladies of Riverside retired from long careers, leaving a salon empty for the updating, I jumped on it.” Zender truly spruced up the old space, giving the salon an earthy look with modern wooden walls and green plants filling up shelves. You can even take a bit of this earthy feel home with you. ZIA sells handcrafted wooden bowls ranging from $10 to $75 made by Zender’s brother.


In fact, the crafty genes run in the family. ZIA’s large windows display a visual for every season whether it’s toasty orange pumpkins or large crepe poppies, made by no other than Zender herself. In fact, Zender admitted that her crafty side was her main incentive for opening her own business. “I like to keep things interesting around the salon, it’s really the main reason why I wanted to open my own place, not for the business, but just to decorate one,” Zender said.


Fortunately for Zender, success led her to even more opportunities to show her creative talents. “ZIA did so well and I still had some “hair” friends in need of a place to run their business’s at that I did it again.  I opened up Feathered Salon in February of 2014 — same idea different location. It’s less then a mile away from ZIA,” she said.

After its namesake, Feathered Salon at 2826 Nottingham Road in Upper Arlington features a 28-inch drum lampshade covered with more white feather than Zender cared to count.



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