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EVERY person leaves empowered.
The Problem
THE CHARLEE strives to be the solution to a common problem in the salon industry. We frequently hear from clients that they’re rarely satisfied with the results of both hair color and cut services completed by one technician, usually loving how one service turns out but less than thrilled with the other. This is because there is so much to learn and practice to become proficient in with each speciality.
The Solution
Technicians at THE CHARLEE are passionate about hair and each have their area of expertise. With specialized technicians, you experience someone who is a master of their craft, devoted to ongoing education and top techniques. We listen to your hair type, needs and desires and match you with the right expert for you.

The Service
We want you to love your hair and for that to hold true, you need knowledge of how to handle your hair at home. At THE CHARLEE, client education is a top priority. Our goal is that every person leaves empowered to replicate their customized style at home with confidence. We believe that by pairing consistent results with unparalleled service our clients will have an experience only THE CHARLEE team can offer.
The Space
THE CHARLEE is located on the 300 block of East Orange Street in the Historic District, a wonderful neighborhood with less than a ten minute walk to Penn Square in the center of town. The newly renovated building was vacant and condemned for many years- we are overjoyed to turn it into a new business in the incredible, flourishing little city of Lancaster.
Hello, Gorgeous!




Modeled after New York City's top salons, THE CHARLEE offers a big city experience (without having to take the subway).


Our technicians are masters in their individual areas of expertise and are devoted to ongoing education and top techniques.


Client education is a top priority — we walk you through how to do your 'do. Every person leaves empowered.


THE CHARLEE’s technicians each have their area of expertise —­ you will experience someone who is a master of their craft, devoted to ongoing education and top techniques.

Nicole Calta


Founder + Creative Director

About Nicole

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, 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
  • Halo Extensions certification; Reading, PA
  • Precision cutting
  • Clipper 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!"

"My husband and I always love going to the many amazing restaurants in Lancaster, but since having our daughter, ordering takeout is our jam. Now, our perfect night is snuggling up on the couch with her, our dog, and a big bowl of ramen from Issei Noodle."

Lauren Breese


Color Director

About Lauren

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
  • Halo Extensions certification; Reading, PA
  • 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!"

Elly Papadopoulos


Associate Color Director

About Elly

Elly graduated from Pulse Beauty Academy in 2008, where she participated in the Phase II Advanced Education Program. With over 10 years in the industry, Elly has become a sought after colorist in the area. Her love for color has led her to further education at the Wella Master Color Expert program in New York. There, she gained extensive knowledge of the Wella color line and advanced techniques. Having naturally curly hair, Elly loves customizing cuts and educating clients on their curly hair needs. Being certified in Hot Heads Hair Extensions provides Elly the knowledge to transform her clients hair even more, giving them the hair they’ve always dreamed of. Elly prides herself in developing a look to make her clients feel confident and beautiful!

  • Pulse Beauty Academy; Downington, PA
  • Devacurl Academy; New York, NY
  • Wella Academy- Master Color Expert; New York, NY
  • Hot Heads Hair Extensions; West Chester, NY
  • Dimensional color
  • Balayage
  • Wella Master Color Expert
  • Devacurl certified
  • Hot Head extensions certified
  • Keratin treatments

“I love how versatile Featherbalm is. Use it on wet or dry hair to tame, smooth and hydrate!”

“Extensions can be used for much more than just that extra length. I like to add them to a clients hair to create more volume or to give them a style that would be hard to achieve with their natural hair.”

“I enjoy date nights at the Belvedere or Pressroom with my husband. We also love to spend nights in with our son or barbecuing with our big Greek family!”

Brandon Eckenrode


SEnior Stylist

About Brandon

Before becoming a stylist, Brandon spent the early part of his career as a freelance photographer and wardrobe assistant. His passion for esthetics and desire to help others look and feel their best led him to pursue a career in hair. Brandon graduated from Empire Beauty School of Lancaster, with his focus being on balayage, fashion color, and classic cutting techniques. He is the second team member to complete THE CHARLEE’s apprenticeship program. Brandon is excited to bring his talent and love for hair to THE CHARLEE!

  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Design; Lancaster, PA
  • Empire Beauty School of Lancaster; Lancaster, PA
  • THE CHARLEE apprentice program; Lancaster, PA
  • Fashion color
  • Balayage
  • Dimensional color
  • Haircuts
  • Clipper cuts

“Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is an absolute must for me. Part dry shampoo, part texturizing spray, it adds weightless volume while controlling oil. Truly the best of both worlds.”

“After washing and drying your hair, use a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil before it has a chance to weigh your hair down. This will make your blowout last longer!”

“You’ll most likely find me on a bike trail or exploring the wilderness with my dog, Juno.”

Jennifer Hess



About Jennifer

Prior to officially beginning her career in cosmetology, Jennifer worked as a makeup artist for non-profit theatre companies. It was here that she discovered a passion for self expression through appearance and decided to pursue cosmetology full time. She graduated from Empire Beauty School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania before seeking further training at Lords and Ladies Salon and Medical Spa in Sinking Spring. There, she completed their graduate program and went on to work as a stylist for over two years, specializing in bridal styling, French balayage, dimensional blonding, and textured cuts. Jennifer’s focus is enhancing hair’s natural texture and color to showcase each client's unique personality and style.

  • Empire Beauty School; Lebanon, PA
  • Lords and Ladies Graduate Program; Sinking Spring, PA
  • Bridal styling
  • French balayage
  • Specialty foiling
  • Dimensional color
  • Textured haircuts

“One of my all time favorite hair products is Davines Liquid Spell. It is a leave-in treatment that uses amino acids to add strength, body, and shine to your style. It is amazing for holding body and shape in a blowout!”

“After curling your hair, mist it with a salt spray and gently scrunch it in. Finally, run your fingers through the length of your hair for the perfect, beachy look!”

“When I’m not hanging out with my two cats I can be found seeing a show at The Fulton, enjoying a coffee at Prince Street Cafe, or wandering around the city in search of a street piano to play.”

Marie Kojitani


Salon Manager

About Marie

Marie graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising Management. She began pursuing her career in wardrobe styling and worked for television shows like TLC’s What Not to Wear and NBC’s The Today Show. After fours years in The Big Apple, she moved to Las Vegas and worked for and eventually ended up in Los Angeles. There, she began working as Kelly Clarkson’s assistant stylist, as well as on campaigns for Corona, Samsung, and Reebok. Marie decided to move back to her hometown of Lancaster and is excited to be a part of THE CHARLEE team!

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

"Davines’ NaturalTech Energizing Gel. It’s the perfect everyday treatment that moisturizes and invigorates the hair while balancing the scalp."

"As a new mom, I’m all about low maintenance style. I use Oribe’s Matte Waves to achieve an effortless, air dried look."

"I love walking to events downtown, from local concerts to an outdoor beer fest, there’s always something going on!"

Grace Hawthorne


Salon Coordinator

About Grace

After many years of working in a corporate office, Grace discovered that it was leading her to a very monotonous life. Since leaving the corporate world, she’s been on a journey to experience more meaningful connections within her community while surrounding herself with passionate, creative people. Which led her to THE CHARLEE where she’s excited to be our Salon Coordinator!

"I'm obsessed with the LOVE CURL line from Davines. I've always struggled with my natural hair texture. Their shampoo, conditioner and curl cream have been a big game changer in my hair routine."

“On my days off, I'll put in a hair mask and get to my weekly house cleaning. That way both my hair and my home are getting some TLC. “

"If I'm not at home catching up on all of the Bravo shows and online shopping, you can probably find me getting a coffee at Passenger, eating at Cabalar or walking my bulldog, Tito around town."


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