When it comes to styling hair, there is a lot of talk about roots. At Diana’s Epiphany Hair Studio, it’s family roots that are most evident.
Diana Cooper owned a salon in Pennington about 25 years ago, but sold it five years later after she had three children.
After staying home for about 10 years to focus on her family, Cooper re-entered the workforce. She then opened Diana’s Epiphany, which will celebrate its second anniversary in March.
Now, she works alongside one of her daughters, Jackie Cooper. They are both stylists in the salon.
Jackie said that even her own daughter, two-year-old Gracie, is involved in the family business.
“My mom says it’s exactly how I was when she had her first salon,” Jackie said. “She just loves the people, and smiling, and we call her our little greeter because she tells everyone ‘Hi’ and ‘Goodbye.’”
That was the epiphany. “To complete the circle,” Diana said.
The name of the salon was inspired by a jewelry line that Jackie saw being sold on a home shopping television network. She felt the name was a fitting description for Diana’s experiences starting the business.
Diana says that everyone in her family has played a role. Her husband, Jim, designed and built the interior of the salon.
Diana’s son, Ryan, assisted with the building process, and her daughter, Kristy, watched Gracie so Jackie could work as a stylist. Another one of Cooper’s daughters, Samantha, has worked at the salon as a receptionist, and is now studying to be a hair stylist.
Styling hair is in the family’s blood, Diana said. Her grandfather and her father’s aunt were also stylists.
Diana said the sense of family at Diana’s Epiphany extends to the customers.
“We like to treat everybody like our family here, you know, just very nurturing,” she said. The salon offers many of the traditional services. Some of those include cut, color, highlighting, perms, relaxers, keratin treatments, facial waxing, roller sets and formal styles and up-dos, Jackie said.
The salon uses products from Redken, Moroccan Oil and Organic Salon Systems.
“Moroccan Oil’s been a big, big hit too, and it doesn’t have the fillers that a lot of the other products have,” Diana said.
Jackie said that the stylists have a special relationship with their clients. They share conversation and watch as the customers go through different life experiences. Stylists even recommend doctors, restaurants and vacation destinations when their clients ask for advice, Jackie said. It’s something that she says makes the industry unique.
“You just see them grow, they see you grow, and it’s very personal,” Jackie said. “I don’t know if there’s really a business like that.”
Diana’s Epiphany is located at 1 Tree Farm Road, Cornerstone Court in Pennington. The salon is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The salon accepts payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
More information is available by phone at (609) 737-4247, or on the salon’s page on Facebook.