NVS Salon & Spa
When Tammy Ehrbaker joined Stathis Kotanidis as co-owner of NVS Salon & Spa in 2008, she knew it was going to be a good partnership. “We had the same vision,” she says, adding that before moving to NVS, she already had spent nearly two decades behind the chair. “We were conscience about the environment, so we decided to use Aveda products exclusively – its motto is The Art & Science of Pure Flower & Plant Essences – which are as naturally derived as possible.”
Ehrbaker adds that her Aveda Concept salon offers a line of hair and skin products that contain resources that come from all over the world and avoid additional hormones or other additives. “It is also a socially responsible company and is the first beauty company to have 100 percent post consumer recyclable packaging and to manufacture their products with 100 percent wind power. We take our commitment to the environment seriously,” she says, adding that NVS Salon was the first and only salon accepted onto the Maryland Green Registry.
For the most part, the salon – which has a carbon footprint of a mere 900 square feet, yet nonetheless manages to keep up the same volume of work as much larger enterprises – is best known for hair extensions and color, with clients coming from as far away as New York and other states. And industry insiders are taken notice: In 2013 and 2014, NVS was named by “Salon Today Magazine” as one of the “Top 200 Salons in the United States.”
“Our extensions are not bonded with glue, which makes them virtually damage-free,” says Ehrbaker. “We put them in with microcylinders, which are permanent, so there is no need for damaging glues, waxes or clips. Or we offer Halocourture Extensions, which are a quick and easy way to change your look in an instant without the commitment of permanent hair extensions.
She adds, however, that NVS does not offer manicures. “We just have not been able to find earth-friendly nail products,” says Ehrbaker.
Not surprisingly, NVS is invested in keeping its stylists up to date on an industry in which products and skills are constantly changing. Ehrbaker notes that in spite of the cost, “staying up on the latest trends and latest techniques is really important … we do a lot of training and education.”
In 2014, the salon – which has a staff of 20 – became the Official Salon of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders, as well as the Chesapeake Bayhawks Cheerleaders. NVS handles all of their hair services at the salon in Bel Air, but when the Ravens are playing in Baltimore, Ehrbaker notes that her staff heads down to the stadium four hours before kickoff to get the cheerleaders ready. “There is so much spirit in the air,” she notes. “The cheerleaders go out first, and then we get to watch the guys go onto the field.”
NVS is committed to the community. “I could spend all my time handling charity requests. Every year we do a breast cancer awareness fundraiser, and we participate in Thanksgiving food drives, as well as collect toys for children at Christmas,” she says, while pointing out that many of those attending the fundraisers first stop in at NVS to make sure their hair will be looking its best. “We also work with the Harford Family House, the Boys and Girls Club of Harford County, SARC, and many local schools and churches.
“When my children were younger, I had plenty of mother responsibilities and did a lot of volunteer work at their school, but now that they are older, I’ve been able to do more in the Bel Air community.
When looking to the future, Ehrbaker hopes to open a second location. But for now, “I feel so blessed with my staff, and I am just trying to enjoy everything,” she says. “We have a waiting list of clients and even though we are open seven days a week, we have to keep extending our hours.
“I’m so grateful to have so many happy clients and to be part of such a great community.” I95
NVS Salon & Spa
312 N. Main St.
Bel Air, MD 21014