By Deborah Bostock-Kelley

The magazine rack is overflowing in the intimate single-chair beach-themed salon in Carrollwood.

“Nobody ever reads the magazines. We just sit in here talking,” said Linda Beach, owner and Master Stylist of HAIR by Linda Beach. “It’s intimate and we don’t have to worry about anybody interfering.”

Linda moved to Tampa, FL in 2016 from Sacramento, CA.

“We wanted warmer weather. Everybody thinks California is warm, but Northern California only has summer June through September. It gets cold in the winter,” she said. “We also wanted to be closer to beaches and love to cruise. We’ve already been on two cruises since moving here.”

Initially, Linda rented a station at a salon in New Port Richey. After months of working in someone else’s business, she yearned to return to a space of her own. She had worked at a Sola Salon Studios, (an indoor complex filled with private cosmetology businesses), during her time in California and discovered a location on North Dale Mabry.

She opened the doors of HAIR by Linda Beach in Sola Salon Studios in November 2017.

“I wanted to come back to Sola Salon Studios for a couple of reasons. I am my own boss and I love the fact that I’m one-on-one with my client,” she said. “I knew Sola Salon Studios and how they work. Mary, the owner here, is fabulous. We’re all individual owners and I made my studio my own by selecting paint, furniture, and decorations.

I worked in a high-end salon in California for 11 years before I moved to Sola Salon Studios. When I left, I was at the highest level which was International Master Designer. I received additional education by traveling to New York, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.”

Linda does the basics – cut, color, and perms.

“Men are welcome in my salon as well. I have a lot of experience with men’s haircuts.”

Linda said that the most important item she brings to her clients is her ability to listen.

“My clients tell me what they want, or don’t want done to their hair. I give them an opinion if asked, but always do whatever they want me to do. I’m not going to do something to somebody that they don’t want done.”

Linda loves when clients bring photographs as ideas for particular cuts or color.

“I teach them how to style their hair and how to use products. It’s my job to teach them how to do their hair.”

Besides a selection of unread magazines near a comfy couch adorned with fuzzy pillows, Linda makes her clients feel at home by offering a selection of soda, water, and later in the day, wine. Positive reviews prove she is doing exactly what is needed for her clientele.

“I love what I do,” she said. “That’s why I’ve been doing it for so long.”

HAIR by Linda Beach is located in Sola Salon Studios #9 at 15241 North Dale Mabry Highway. To make an appointment, call Linda at 916.390.2527 or email her at lindagbeach@outlook.com. For more information and testimonials visit www.hairbylindabeach.com.