A simple salon

Jen Achter (left) and Shayla Wilkes (right) are seen in their new space, YX Salon. The two opened the salon last month and offer an array of hair and skin services. [Photo by Kevin Ludwig]

For years, locals could be told apart from out-of-towners by their license plates. YX could be found at the beginning of each license plate number on cars registered in San Miguel County.

The ladies who recently opened YX Salon are all about locals, regardless of what their license plates say, offering a full range of skin and hair care.

Local stylist Shayla Wilkes opened YX Salon with stylist and esthetician Jen Achter around Christmas time in the Silverbell Building on the corner of Spruce and Pacific. The two celebrated their grand opening on Thursday.

“It’s been great,” Wilkes said of their first month in business. “We’ve had very positive feedback, everyone loves it.”

Clients concur.

“I love that Shayla has opened her own salon,” said longtime client Kristin Holbrook. “She deserves a fresh start in her own business.”

Wilkes and Achter met when they were both working at Jesse’s Salon on Colorado Avenue. Eventually, the two decided to start looking around for a place to call their own. 

“We found this space and it was the right fit,” Wilkes said. “It had extra room for Jen’s skin care and [it already had] plumbing.”

Wilkes trained as a stylist in West Hollywood. Fourteen years ago her aunt, Tootie McNair, asked her to move to Telluride and work at the Beauty Parlour.

“The Beauty Parlour was the best place I could have imagined,” Wilkes said. “I met a lot of old and new locals who have become my loyal clients.”

Wilkes is an expert in color, haircuts, bridal styling and more.

Achter moved to Telluride in 1999 and began her career as an esthetician offering skin care and waxing services out of the Nugget Building. After a number of years she decided to go back to school and become a hair stylist as well. She returned to Telluride in 2009 and has been building up clientele ever since, offering hair and skin care.

“We both have an all local clientele,” Achter said. “We’re all about local.”

She offers haircuts, color, facials and waxing. Achter uses ISUN for all of her skin care services. ISUN is an all natural product line made in Ridgway.

“The highest quality of ingredients and intention is put in it,” she said. “It’s all about balance and creating a balance with your skin.” 

The space in the Silverbell Building is simple and inviting; full of retro-chic furniture. Two stylist chairs, one wash stand and a break-away room is all the ladies need to offer locals anything from an all-over color to a brow tint or facial.

Together the ladies strive to offer locals high-quality, affordable services. Hair cuts for men range from $25-$35 and all women’s cuts are $35. Hair color runs from $50 to $120 depending on what you’re looking for.

—To make an appointment Wilkes can be reached at (970) 708-2308 and Achter can be reached at (970) 708-0270.