It takes a special person to manage a massive clientele and open a brand new salon in a very competitive business space during an economic downturn. In fact, it takes someone with nerves of pure steel. It isn't difficult to spot that person as Decarra Salon, owner Merrillee McLain. The long-legged six foot blonde in high heels and a short dress is usually surrounded by a jam of clients who follow her as only true hair groupies can. Wielding scissors, brush, blow dryer, color, and highlights, Merrilee is entirely focused on the individual heads of her many fans. Whether they have cropped cuts or long flowing waves, are female or male, Merrilee works alchemical magic—resulting in the look and feel of *better* than "natural" hair.
Raised in Manhattan Beach, she grew up as the consummate California girl. After beauty school, Merrilee began her career with an apprenticeship as and assistant to Joseph Furie at Michael Joseph Furie Salon. She soaked up information like a sponge, and was determined to hone the skills she recognized as key to growing her own satisfied clientele. Merrilee stayed with Michael Joseph Furie until she was introduced to renowned stylist Allen Edwards and made the switch to his salon. This was her first real exposure to the rigors of large salon demands and perfectionist performance expectations. Merrilee worked hard, silently biding her time until the perfect moment. When Allen shut his doors, Merrilee saw the opportunity to open hers. Taking the leap to open Decarra Salon is Merrilee's expression of the heartfelt gratitude she has toward her beloved clients—for all the joy, comfort and satisfaction she has received from them over the years. Merrilee has two awesome kids and a deeply supportive husband, all of whom have helped make the possibility of Decarra Salon become reality. They keep a pair of Great Danes as well as a horse, and as a family are very involved with military veterans. With love and gratitude, Merrilee presents Decarra Salon!