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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!
The Charlee Exterior
The Charlee employee helping a client shop for hair products
Coffee table at The Charlee with brochure and hot tea
The Charlee stylist cutting a client's hair
The Charlee reception and waiting area
Shelf of retail hair products

THE CHARLEE DIFFERENCE

1

BIG CITY EXPERIENCE

Modeled after New York City's top salons, THE CHARLEE offers a big city experience (without having to take the subway).
2

MASTER TECHNICIANS

Our technicians are masters in their individual areas of expertise and are devoted to ongoing education and top techniques.
3

CLIENT EDUCATION

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

MEET OUR TEAM

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, 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
• Halo Extensions certification; Reading,PA
• 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!"
"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
“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!”

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
"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!"

Danny Kline

Stylist

ABOUT Danny
Danny started in the beauty industry in 2012, working for a salon professional distributor. There, he worked in their retail store and was a model room coordinator at hair shows, making sure everything ran smoothly behind the scenes. After learning the ins and outs of the industry, Danny was promoted to a Salon Business Specialist where he traveled to different salons, providing product knowledge and helping salons grow their business. His love for hair led Danny to attend Lancaster School of Cosmetology. After graduation, Danny became the first person to complete THE CHARLEE’s apprentice program, specializing in women’s and men’s cuts, styling and keratin treatments. Danny is very excited to take the next step in this industry as a Stylist at THE CHARLEE.
• Lancaster School of Cosmetology; Lancaster,PA
• THE CHARLEE apprentice program; Lancaster, PA
• Halo Extensions certification; Reading,PA
• Women’s and Men’s cuts
• Halo Extensions certified
• Blowouts & styling
• Keratin treatments
"Oribe Dry Texturizing spray. I’m all about weightless volume and a textured tousled look. If you are too, this is your product!"
"Healthy hair, is beautiful hair! Take the time to put some love back into your hair by booking a hair treatment."
"You’ll most likely find me having a drink at Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse or eating Pho at Sprout."

Brandon Eckenrode

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
• Women’s and Men’s 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.”

Meg Ebersole

Lash + Makeup Specialist

ABOUT MEG
After a career in marketing and graduating from The Schwarzkopf Beauty Institute with her Esthetics license, Meg worked in marketing at Bell Tower Salon & Spa in Wyomissing, PA to better understand the industry. Since then, she has continued her education, receiving dual certifications in Classic and Volume Lash Extensions from Zazen and Borboleta Beauty. Meg has completed the Kelley Baker Brow Master Class Certification, learning the tips and tricks to perfect brow shaping. Kelley Baker is best known for shaping brows for the Kardashians, as well as several other celebrities in LA. Classes with local makeup artists and certification in Dermaplaning from Naturopathica Skin Care give Meg additional expertise. Meg loves listening to clients’ needs and creating custom lash, brow and flawless makeup applications,  bringing out those beautiful features and creating a look that best fits your lifestyle and leaves you feeling your best!
• James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA
• The Schwarzkopf Beauty Institute; Ambler, PA
• Zazen Beauty; West Chester, PA
• Borboleta Beauty; Philadelphia, PA
• Kelley Baker Brows; Philadelphia, PA
• Naturopathica; Wyomissing, PA
• Makeup Application
• Brow Shaping
• Lash Extensions
• Lash Lift and Tint
“Borboleta Lash Bath and Brush is a must-have to keep lashes clean and lash extension retention long lasting. Every lash client should have one, and a single bottle will last for months!”
“If you’re thinking about getting microblading, a Henna Brow Tint is a great natural alternative to achieving the perfect brow shape without the permanent commitment.”
“I love running around F&M, making my way downtown for an Oola Bowl at Central Market, and a stroll through Lancaster City’s locally owned clothing boutiques"

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 Zappos.com 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
"Oribe Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment. It’s the perfect everyday treatment, and soothes and calms my scalp during the seasonal weather changes."
"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!"

Jessica Webster

Salon Coordinator

ABOUT JESSICA
Jess has always had a love for the beauty industry. Although she has not attended cosmetology school, working in salons for 6 + years is the perfect way for her to still be a part of the industry. Having an affinity for the arts, Jess graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, focused in Graphic Design. Growing up in the area and now living in downtown Lancaster, has given her the appreciation for all the great small businesses that our city has to offer. Being in a creative environment and supporting others is what Jess enjoys most about being a salon coordinator.
• Millersville University
"Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I never leave the house before spraying some in my hair. It adds just the right amount of playful texture and volume, giving my hair a fuller look."
"Just like your body needs water to stay hydrated, so does your hair, which is why weekly masques are a must. The Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque restores your hair with moisture and the strength it craves. This product has, without fail, brought my hair back to life."
"Frequenting local coffee shops during the day and sampling new craft beers by night (wine during the cooler seasons) is my favorite way to explore the city of Lancaster!"

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