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How many adults can say that they've
remained in one career, working in just
three locations within a three-mile radius?
Probably not many! But Scott Wray can.
The Fauquier native and co-owner of The
Secret Garden Salon
on Main Street in
Old Town Warrenton
has spent the past 30
years as a master hair
stylist, and he hasn't a
single regret.
A s a F a u q u i e r
High School (FHS)
sophomore, Scott
s t r u g g l e d to f i n d
a potential career
path. He gravitated
toward the arts, and
a friend suggested
he take cosmetology,
a two-year course
offered to juniors and
seniors. Even before
he started, he walked
into Madhatter's Impressions, a hair salon
in the Food Lion shopping center, to apply
for a job. Scott was hired on the spot, and
over the next two years, he worked as
an assistant for 20 hours a week while
maintaining straight A's in school. "I started
working at age 15-and-a-half--before I
could even drive," Scott says with a smile.
Scott excelled in cosmetology and realized
he had found his niche. He gives a lot of
credit to his teacher, Judith Russell, who
encouraged him to continue in the field.
After graduating FHS in 1989, he earned
his cosmetology license and worked in
another local salon for several years,
continuing to hone his skills.
"Cosmetology is just the start," Scott says.
Over the years, he has attended countless
master education classes, many of them
through Graham Webb International, a
British-based academy with a school in
the Washington, DC area. "I took every
single class they offered," he adds. Scott
also recalls an intensive one-week course
offered by Redken Fifth Avenue Institute
in New York City. "It was a one-of-a-kind
experience that changed the bar in forming
my skills and knowledge," he notes.
Late in 1996, he recalls that the woman
who owned the space where The Secret
Garden Salon was originally located on
(1st Street) called him to ask if he wanted
the location for his own.
"I hadn't even been thinking about having
my own salon at the time," Scott says.
He approached another stylist--his best
friend Heidi Pappas,
a n d t h ey q u i c k l y
agreed to become co-
owners. The Secret
Garden Salon opened
on January 1, 1997
with Scott, Heidi, and
a single assistant.
I t h a s a l w a y s
exclusively been a
hair salon vs. a spa
offering additional
services, and this was
a conscious decision.
The Salon moved to
its current location in
2010, and today, each
of the salon's stylists
has over 30 years of experience in the
field. Scott spends a great deal of time
talking with new clients to learn about
them and determine a hairstyle that
suits their personality and lifestyle. He is
led by the simple guiding philosophy of
ensuring the client begins with healthy,
shiny hair. Above all, this needs to be
achieved (and Scott can help, of course)
before creating a classic style.
In addition, while imparting their wealth of
experience on their clients is important,
Scott and Heidi pride themselves equally
on the salon's comfortable and friendly
atmosphere. "We want people to leave
uplifted, not downshifted," he says.
Scott reflects on the past three decades
with nostalgia. "After 30 years of working
in this community, I almost always run into
someone I know when I'm out and about,"
he says. "It gets more touching the older I
get. One of the rewards of this job is that
all of my clients have become friends."
And yes, he has quite a few clients who
have been with him since 1989!
When people ask Scott how many
more years he's going to continue, he
laughs and says, "Thirty more!" Let's
hold him to that promise! To learn more,
call (540) 347-6618.
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Scott Wray
The Secret Garden's Scott Wray
Celebrates Three Decades of
Doing What He Loves
Bu sines s
Prof ile