Longtime friends Kimberly Young and Melissa Lynch have joined forces to open Forever Young Salon in a downtown Warrenton location they intend to become their “forever place” where they will work together for many years to come.
“We love it. It’s our home away from home,” Lynch said.
The salon, at 130 N. Main St., Warrenton, is in a century-old building which has housed many offices and businesses during its lifetime, most recently an attorney’s office, Nationwide Insurance, Warren County Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County.
Young and Lynch entered cosmetology from different paths. Raleigh native Young grew up around the medical field as the daughter of a nurse. She completed certified nursing assistant coursework, but working in a beauty-related position was tugging on her heart.
On the other hand, Churchill community native Lynch realized that she wanted to become a hairdresser in second grade. She would play beauty salon and beauty pageant with her friends and sister, and always did hair and makeup. Lynch began telling people that she would make a career out of styling people’s hair and would work at Tillie’s Beauty Salon in Norlina, where she grew up having her hair fixed.
Young earned a cosmetology degree from Central Carolina Community College in Lillington. She worked at a number of Raleigh salons before arriving in Warren County in 2009 when she married local resident Jason Young.
The Youngs settled in Wise, and Kimberly worked at the former High Fashion Beauty Salon in Warrenton for a couple of years before opening her Forever Young Salon in Wise.
Lynch earned her cosmetology degree at Vance-Granville Community College, and her childhood prediction came true. She worked at Tillie’s Beauty Salon for 10 years before working at The Beauty Box in Warrenton for eight years.
In the meantime, the Youngs decided to sell their property in Wise and move to Warrenton. They wanted to find a building to restore that would provide a good site for the Forever Young Salon.
The Youngs purchased the Main Street, Warrenton, building in late March of last year. They spent last fall and winter renovating the section that would become the salon’s new home. Assisting were Young’s parents, Ricky and Wendy. Todd Smith, owner of The Scarlet Rooster in Warrenton, was the salon’s designer, bringing a comfortable, relaxing mood to the space.
As the salon space began to take shape, Kimberly needed a second person to work with clients. Melissa seemed to be an ideal choice since the two had wanted to work together for some time. They became friends when the Youngs moved to Warren County, both attended Macon Baptist Church and they did hair and makeup for weddings together.
Melissa described Kimberly’s offer for the duo to work together as an answer to her prayers. Melissa’s father, Carl, constructed her workstation and a desk for the salon.
Now, clients arriving at the Warrenton salon are greeted by Kimberly and Melissa’s smiling faces and walk into a setting highlighted by soothing pastel walls.
“We want to have a happy atmosphere,” Melissa said.
Forever Young Salon offers men’s and women’s haircuts, color, highlights, facial waxing, deep conditioning treatments, and hair and makeup services for special occasions. In the future, they would like to add nails and a technique known as fairy hair to their repertoire.
Kimberly and Melissa will continue to stay up-to-date on hair trends so that they will be able to offer the latest cuts and styles.
The two love their new salon home and feel like they don’t want to leave in the evenings. However, they most love spending time with their clients, who often share a story or two about working in or coming to the building where the salon is housed.
Kimberly and Melissa want Forever Young Salon to be part of the building’s history for years to come and don’t intend to move.
“This is it,” Kimberly said.