Alchemy is defined as “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” A fitting name for this West Village salon, as transformations certainly do happen here everyday, but the chemistry goes a bit deeper than that.
Mande Horne has wanted to do hair for as long as she’s known hair was a thing to do.
“When I was a little kid – as soon as I realized it was a career I knew it was definitely for me,” Mande says. “I’ve always loved makeup and hair.”
She started following her dream early, going to hair school while still in high school, and recently realized the pinnacle of her childhood ambition by opening her own salon. Alchemy Fine Hair Styling just celebrated two years of operation in the burgeoning Village of West Greenville. The vibrant visual arts scene in this area is what first drew Mande in, and she quickly realized she wanted to be a part of it.
“I loved all the people here and thought it would be a great place for what we do, just to bring something different to the area,” Mande says.
For Mande a big incentive for hanging out her own salon shingle was the freedom to hand pick the stylists she’d be working with everyday, people with whom she had a certain… chemistry. Mande had worked with Jillian Holmes for several years and when she made the decision to strike out on her own she wanted Jillian to come with her. It took some convincing – friends don’t always make the best business partners – but getting Jillian on board gave Mande the confidence to forge ahead. Together they chose Christa Inman and Melissa Smith, who brought the same level of training and professionalism to the mix. As time went on they realized their team had room for one more and decided to take a leap of faith and add an unknown to the equation.
“We were a little nervous adding someone new because she had to be perfect,” Jillian says of adding stylist Sara Chouinard last summer. “Turns out she was.”
Alchemy is proud to be the only Davines exclusive salon in Greenville, representing the industry leader in sustainable beauty. Mande and her team have made it a priority to create an environment where clients can truly relax, knowing they are in the hands of professionals who take great pride in their craft.
Alchemy Fine Hair Styling
8 Traction Street