A Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa

This past year has been a challenge for everyone, and that’s certainly true of the beauty industry. But all those temporary closures and distancing restrictions have really shown us just how much we need each other – and how valuable the beauty industry is in people’s lives. For all of us at The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa, these challenging times have truly reminded us about how much our salon is a part of our guests’ families as well as our local community, and we’ve been dedicated to making Harrisonburg, Virginia a more beautiful place for everyone for decades. Today, we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at everything that makes The Studio so successful.


The Studio: People

It all started when our owner Judi Crawford bought the salon 41 years ago. The industry was different back then, but Judi had discovered her passion for everything about the business and knew that the beauty industry would evolve and grow into the cutting-edge, important service that it is today. Following her training at Denard’s Beauty School, Judi jumped right into a career by working at Full Tilt Hair Cutters, training under her mentor Jim Hoover. Her career path led her to Studio PHD, and she loved it so much that she bought the business and re-imagined it as The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa.

To Judi, supporting young people is an important way to be part of the community, so she dedicated time to train cosmetology and esthetics students right in the salon, so that they can also experience a love for the beauty industry and get a jump start on a fun and lucrative career. Judi and her staff of talented artists have trained and grown many stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists, and estheticians over the years, expanding the growing talent pool in Harrisonburg, VA, and opening doors of opportunity for the community’s talented young people.

One of these young, talented people is Judi’s own daughter, Ally Robertson, who first started her career at The Studio in 2007 and also discovered her own passion for the business. From working with guests in bridal, waxing, hair, and makeup services to becoming involved in advertising, coordinating educational opportunities, and staff engagement, Ally’s love of the business led her to become The Studio’s current general manager.

It’s a people-centered business, and both guests and staff are part of the family at The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa. From talented students to level 4 master stylists, it’s a love of the industry and the importance of the services we provide in our guests’ lives that make the career at The Studio so special.

The Studio: Accolades

The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa is an award-winning professional salon and spa recognized by the community for several years running. Judi’s professional salon and spa is a proud recipient of both the “Best of the ‘Burg” and “Best of the Valley” awards for multiple years since 2008.

The Studio: Services

The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa thrives because we listen to what our guests need and tailor our services to be an important part of their lives. Our talented professionals provide:

  • Hair services. From professional cuts and styling for men and women to expert color and highlights, our services are tailored to let you select which level stylist fits your needs. We also provide texturing services for great-looking curls or sophisticated straight hairstyles, always with a focus on keeping your hair soft and healthy looking.
  • Nail services. From a classic manicure to a full-services spa nail care experience, our professional nail technicians will help keep your hands and feet healthy and looking great. We provide expert designs that match all the latest trends and even have special services for kids under 12 so they can keep their hands and feet neat and healthy.
  • Makeup services. Whether you need a full professional makeup application for a special occasion or want to just spend less time on your morning routine with the help of lash extensions or brow tinting, we’ve got you covered with talented, expert makeup artists who know how to match your look to your own personal style.