Want to relax? Want a fresh new look or outlook? Caroline’s Spa & Salon now does hair, nails, makeup and massage in downtown Selbyville.
The makeovers began with major renovations to the small Main Street building, one block north of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company fire hall. Cosmetologist Caroline Gale has created a shop that is both warm and inviting, but with a boutique atmosphere.
“Anybody can come in and feel that someone can take care of them,” whether men or women,” Gale said. “Everybody’s welcome. Anybody who has nails and hair! And it’s one-stop shopping.”
The new shop shines, with a bright, glossy interior, with clean lines and accents of bright color. Details matter to Gale, from the moment clients walk in, until they’re leaving: “We think of it as experience, so even the small things matter to us — like how the tea tastes, how it smells or how the music sounds. Every little thing, we thought through so a person can be comfortable.”
Caroline’s opened in mid-January with a total of 10 team members, including her husband, who helps with management and design.
Hailing from Alexandria, Va., Gale married her husband, and they moved to his home on the Delmarva Peninsula. She previously rented space on Route 113, but said she wanted to have a team and even be able to do two pedicures at the same time.
“It’s also a bonding thing. Friends or family can bond getting spa treatments,” said Gale.
She shows a photo of two girls in matching spa robes, sipping fresh coffee while enjoying a pedicure. A spa day is perfect for friends, family, special occasions or bridal groups, she said. “They can get a lot of things at one place.”
What about folks who don’t prioritize grooming, manicures or massages?
“Give it a try,” Gale said. “I have a lot of male customers who never got pedicures. And they get it once, and they’re hooked! They’re the ones making the next appointment.
“And there’s always that special occasion” that calls for nice hair, makeup, trimmed beards or fresh skin. “There’s so many different services, so I’m sure one will attract [you],” she said.
Plus, the pedicure corner is private, away from onlookers.
The salon does a little of everything: cut and shampoo; ethnic hair; beards and neck services; special-occasion up-dos; coloring and highlights with ombré, balayage and fantasy colors; and more. Special treatments include permanents, relaxers and keratin, plus scalp massage.
People can request makeup, lash lifts, brow tints and relaxing facials.
Hair removal includes waxing and sugaring for brows, lip, chin, arms, legs, bikini zone and Brazilians (Gale said she has gotten comfortable with that treatment over the years).
Mani/pedis can include paraffin wax, hot stones or a facial steam with aromatherapy. They use the Shellac brand, which originated gel-style polish (“I believe in using the highest-quality,” she said), plus more than 100 different materials for nail art. (“We like to be ready when they show us the picture.”)
Massages come in seven styles, from Swedish and hot stone to reflexology and cranial-sacral.
Spa packages include men’s services, wedding packages, mother-child days, prenatal massage and even a “back facial” with massage, exfoliation and mud masks (perfect for wearing a low-cut dress or swimsuit).
Gale said she is glad she followed her mother into cosmetology.
“Working in this field — it’s very exciting, it’s very fun. At first I wasn’t too thrilled about it, but now I am very thankful to my mother, and I think it’s a great job for females or males,” Gale said. “It really makes me happy when I make other people happy or relaxed, coming to de-stress. So when they leave, they feel better about themselves.”
She said she has enjoyed building friendships with longtime clients, too.
Hidden Glamour Hair Design has also moved into Caroline’s. Longtime stylist Ericka Handy can do up-dos, relaxers, sets and cuts, perms, color, Silk Press, Texlax, deep conditioning “restorative cocktail” treatments and more.
“I’m more about the health of the hair and promoting hair growth, and making people feel good about themselves in their own hair — and not necessarily weaves and wigs,” said Handy, who also followed in her mother’s footsteps to styling. “I do offer chemical services as well, to those who choose.
“I want to meet your hair. I’m eager to meet new heads and clients that are looking to improve their hair health and the way they feel about themselves,” Handy said.
Handy said she is happy to be a booth-renting partner, calling Caroline Gale a wonderful and encouraging person.
Appointments are recommended at Caroline’s, but walk-ins are welcome. This winter, they’re open Tuesday to Saturday. Night hours are available by appointment. Gift certificates are available online, so people can shop anytime. There is also a discount program for frequent customers and referrals.
Caroline’s Spa & Salon is located at 46 North Main Street, Selbyville. For more details, call (302) 200-2635 or visit www.carolinespasalon.com. For Hidden Glamour Hair Design, call (302) 462-5839 or visit
By Laura Walter