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ABOUT THE CHARLEE

Located in historic downtown Lancaster, THE CHARLEE offers big city experience in a relaxed, modern salon. Our technicians are masters of their craft—with specialized areas of expertise—and educate every client on how to maintain their look at home. We deliver consistent results and personalized service in a welcoming atmosphere.
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MEET OUR DIRECTORS

THE CHARLEE’s technicians each have their area of expertise — we’re masters of our craft, devoted to ongoing education and top techniques.

NICOLE CALTA

FOUNDER + CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Nicole graduated from Carsten Institute of Cosmetology in New York City and started her career at Frederic Fekkai’s Fifth Avenue flagship salon. There, Nicole mastered the French haircutting technique training under top celebrity stylists and Frederic Fekkai himself. She was then recruited by two Fekkai alum to join their brand new salon, Brush, in the Flatiron District. After eight years in the City, Nicole returned to her hometown of Lancaster and began her local career at Bristle and Prim. Her work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, and The Today Show. Nicole styled the cover of Women’s Wear Daily and worked backstage during New York Fashion Week for prestigious designers. Getting to know each client with thorough consultations and precisely sculpting their hair to give effortless movement are key components to Nicole’s signature style. Nicole believes in working with the hair’s natural texture to give each client a personalized look that can be easily replicated at home.
• Carsten Institute of Cosmetology; New York, NY
• Frederic Fekkai Training Program; New York, NY
• Devacurl Academy; New York, NY
• Oribe Hair Care Education Styling Workshop; New York, NY
• Precision cutting
• Men’s cuts
• Devacurl certified
• Blowouts & styling
• Bridal styling
"Oribe Foundation Mist is the little black dress of hair products —everyone needs one in their life. It primes, protects, and detangles hair before styling."
"After shampooing, leave in your favorite hair mask for an extra long treatment. Style wet in a sleek bun for a chic updo or throw on your favorite hat and out the door you go. No one will even notice!"
"I love taking my dog, Olive, to play at Buchanan Dog Park before an evening of sipping Aperol Spritzes at Luca’s bar (and pretending I’m in Italy)."

LAUREN BREESE

COLOR DIRECTOR

Lauren graduated from Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia and began her career at the prestigious Studio CL in Rittenhouse Square. There, she studied Sahag’s signature dry cutting technique and also attended intensive color training at L'Oreal Professional Academy in Manhattan and Goldwell Education Academy. Lauren has styled for Philadelphia Fashion Week and Neiman Marcus’ private designer shows, working with top designers including Carolina Herrera. After a decade long career in Philadelphia, she returned to Lancaster, starting at Bristle and Prim in 2016.  Lauren believes in keeping the integrity of the hair during the color process and specializes in lived in hair color, grey blending, and natural looking color. She has been an essential part of THE CHARLEE’s team since day one and as Color Director, Lauren oversees the salon’s skilled color department. Her philosophy is simple, she listens to her clients and believes the right hair color and cut can be transformative
• Jean Madeline Aveda Institute; Philadelphia, PA
• L'Oreal Professional Academy color training; New York, NY
• Goldwell Education Academy; Baltimore, MD
• Balayage
• Lived-in hair color
• Natural grey blending
• Dry cutting
"Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color is a must-have for all of my clients. Added bonus: it prevents color from fading and makes hair silky smooth."
"I love that hair color can also solve texture issues. Need more volume? Add a few highlights. Va-va-voom!"
"When I’m not hanging with my chickens in my backyard, I head downtown to The Horse Inn on a Saturday night. You’ve got to try the Tips & Toast!"

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