Seven Daysies Awards: Best salon (unisex), 2012

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Best salon (unisex) 



Stephen & Burns Salon, Spa and Boutique

Burlington salon Indigo has been in business on Battery Street since 1998, but owner Stephen Bevilacqua has been involved in the hair industry since 1975. A lot has changed since Sonny and Cher were on television, Bevilacqua notes. And not just styles, but the workforce, too. Thirty years ago, many young adults considered hairdressing a last-ditch job, he says; now, “we’ve got better employees coming in with college degrees.” Bevilacqua, who employs 32, places a premium on ongoing education for his team — there’s a lot to keep up with in this “growth” industry.

SEVEN DAYS: What is the worst thing people do that damages their hair?

STEPHEN BEVILACQUA: Trying to do their own hair [color] at home. The chemicals really dry it out.

SD: Why does society have such a thing against women with gray hair?

SB: Oh, we get that all the time! I don’t know, really. I guess everyone is looking for youth. Personally, I love a head of white hair.

—Pamela Polston

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