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Just some of our Illuminated clients' reviews...

Photo of Elizabeth S. Elizabeth S. Charlotte, NC

I just had to add this business to Yelp. I just left there with one of the best hair cuts I've gotten in my life! I actually saw their sign just driving by and decided to stop in to see if they could take me as a walk-in as I was badly in need of a trim. The girls at the front desk were so gracious and were more than willing to take me in right then. They actually set me up with one of the owners, Brandi Piana. She was so warm and comforting. She listened to what I wanted and more than delivered. I am so happy with the results. Lots of products to purchase, but they didn't pressure me to. The atmosphere is very intimate and cozy. They are conveniently located in the Hawthorne shopping center, so book a hair appointment with them, get your nails done next door, and finish with a margarita at Loco Lime. Sounds like the perfect afternoon to me!


Photo of Lauren T. Lauren T. Charlotte, NC

I have been a client of Brandi's for 5+ years.  She is a fabulous stylist and does an amazing job with color!.  She is both professional and friendly.  I am thrilled with her new venture at Illuminate Salon.  The new salon is sleek and modern, while also being very relaxing.  I would follow Brandi anywhere for hair color, but am thrilled that she and her partners have opened their own salon.  I always look forward to my appointments at Illuminate, and I always leave feeling years younger with freshly styled hair.


Photo of Megan M. Megan M. New York, NY

Not having Brandi to make me the perfect redhead is the only regret I have since moving away from Charlotte. For the past three years she has put up with all my craziness...including my refusal to look at the back of my head.


Photo of Dana W. Dana W. Charlotte, NC

Love this salon!!! Its very trendy yet relaxing! When you walk in the staff at the front desk is always friendly & efficient.

I am a client of Brandi Piana. I have short hair and before going to her I had tried  numerous salons in Charlotte but nobody could seem to cut it the way I wanted it. My hair was a mess!!! Now it looks great!! I highly recommend her for short hair cuts!


Photo of Heather S. Heather S. Charlotte, NC

I love going to Illuminate.   I have been a client of Brandi Piana's for over 10 years and even drove 3 hours for her to cut my hair when I was in graduate school!  I always tell her to do what she wants and she never ceases to amaze me with what she comes up with.  Throughout the years, I have had all different cuts and colors and she always does a fabulous job.  Illuminate is a friendly, modern salon with great cuts/colors but even better people!


Photo of Ashley B. Ashley B. Clover, SC

I'm so happy for Chip and Brandi and their new adventure at Illuminate Salon! I've been a client of theirs since I was in high school (and that was a LONG time ago), so obviously I think the world of them and their unbelievable talent. Brandi is THE one I trust with my thick, long hair. Whether it's my color, cut or the change your life Keratin treatment, I always look forward to seeing her. Never once have I left dissatisfied! If you need a new stylist, looking for something fresh or just flat out want a COOL stylist, this is your place! You will NOT be disappointed! Love you guys!


Photo of Brigette M. Brigette M. Albemarle, NC

Brandi Piana is an awesome stylist at Illuminate Salon!  I have been a client of her's for 12+ years.  I am ALWAYS happy with my new cut/style everytime I leave the salon!  She has a great eye for new hairstyles that will fit your face shape and your lifestyle.  Brandi has a great sense of humor and I always look forward to my hair appointment because I know I'm going to get a great cut and we'll be laughing the whole time, too!


Photo of Lori H. Lori H. High Point, NC

I have been a client of Chip's for 15 years and I wouldn't go anywhere else.  I have referred so many peeps to him and if they can't get in with Chip then I have told them anyone at Illuminate rocks so you can't go wrong.  I moved to High Point, NC 7 years ago and I still drive to Charlotte to get my hair done!  I receive numerous compliments on my hair and I owe it all to Chip!  Thanks to the amazing staff at Illuminate Salon for all you do!


Photo of K F. K F. Charlotte, NC

I have literally had women stop and take pictures of my hair cut, courtesy of Chip Perry at Illuminate Salon! 

One woman (an elegant magazine editor in Charlotte for the DNC during September of 2012) said that she had to tell her stylist in LA that she wanted my cut. I smiled and let her take a few shots with her phone and thought, "If only Chip could see this!" Even my boss told me that she wanted to get my haircut!

In fact, when I was in for my last trim I didn't even make it to the front desk without another Illuminate Salon client asking about my haircut. She was there for color that day but wanted to come back in for a cut like mine. I can't take any of the credit. It's the talent and magic of Chip Perry!

All of the stylists and staff at Illuminate Salon are fabulous!  Step inside and you will enjoy their laughter, smiles and talent.  And when you leave, get ready for the compliments and referral requests (take Illuminate Salon cards with you - you'll need them)!


Photo of Julie S. Julie S. Huntersville, NC

Well, this has got to be the easiest review ever!  If you are searching for someone to do something to your hair -- from a cut to a color and anything and everything in between --  seriously, you can stop right here.  Chip Perry has "tended" to my hair for almost 17 years now.  If THAT doesn't speak for itself, I honestly don't know what does!!!!!!  I simply cannot tell you how many times I walked into that salon and told him to just do whatever he thought would work for me . . . each time I walked out with some fabulous hair and a smile on my face.   And, he won't just take care of your hair, he'll warm your heart.  He's just the best ever!!!!


Photo of Amy M. Amy M. Charlotte, NC

I have been a loyal and happy client of these awesome and creative peeps (the best of best in Charlotte) for almost 17 years! The stylists at Illuminate are second to NONE and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!  If you want a fabulous cut, color, or good laugh...book with Brandi or Chip.  Brandi is down to earth, funny, and incredibly talented.  Chip is a master at so many things and so much fun! I have known most of the staff for many years and walking into Illuminate is like walking into my own home.  It is so comfortable. There is no fuss, no airs, and everyone looks as gorgeous lounging in the cozy color area in foils as they do when they leave!! Best of the best in Charlotte, hands down!!


Photo of Lindsay G. Lindsay G. Charlotte, NC

Illuminate Salon, LOVE!  Chip Perry has been styling my hair for close to 10 years now!  Not only is he an amazing stylist but also colorist!  I wouldn't trust anyone else with my hair. Check out this new and amazing salon that he has moved to. I would follow him anywhere. The staff at Illuminate makes you feel warm and comfortable. This is a little piece of Heaven for me every time I go in for a cut/color. Try it out!


Photo of Tanya B. Tanya B. Charlotte, NC

My 11 year old had never really had a "style" before and was looking for something to start middle school.  Ember gave her a cut that people stop in stores and compliment her on. What a confidence booster. We've known Ember since she was at Fuze and my baby was 6 months old. She has given me some of the most beautiful haircuts over the years. Love the new salon, it is a beautiful and relaxing space.


Photo of Jessica G. Jessica G. South Park, Charlotte, NC

I have had the pleasure of having Brandi do my hair. 

She is not only very talented but friendly as well. I know that I can come in there and talk through what I want with her comfortably. Then I walk out of there happy. 

She always has good suggestions as well if you're insure if what you want to have done. There is no feeling of pressure in regards to the products they sell either. 

I have always felt very welcome and comfortable with the rest of the staff as well.


Photo of Susan S. Susan S. Waxhaw, NC

Rob Murphy is absolutely amazing!  He has cut my hair for many years and I never walk out of the salon less than ecstatic.  Never have I had more compliments and it is now common for strangers to stop me and ask where I get my hair cut.  Rob is great at suggesting changes that always keep my cut updated and stylish, he really knows his stuff!  It's a treat to visit the salon, great relaxing spa-like atmosphere and even greater staff!!!


Photo of Sara B. Sara B. Roanoke, VA

Illuminate is a very beautiful salon with a relaxing environment. Their front desk staff is professional and friendly. Susan Stallings is an amazing hair stylist. She did my hair when i lived in Charlotte and now I drive 3+ hours to see her!


Photo of Karen B. Karen B. Charlotte, NC

I love this salon.  The interiors are beautiful and the staff is always fun and welcoming.  Aimee Saunders is my stylist, and I am always thrilled with my color and cut.  She just knows what works best for my hair.  I highly recommend Illuminate!


Photo of Donna R. Donna R. Charlotte, NC

Moving from one creative stylist to another can be stressful and I can tell you, I don't trust just anyone with giving me a cut that works for short and fine hair.   I had been with one stylist for over ten years and due to scheduling challenges on my end I had to search for someone new.

Brandi is a genius when it comes to not only short cuts but all lengths of hair.  Her personality is simply nerve easing and you'll leave the salon feeling so great about yourself.

As far as Illuminate's atmosphere .. it's beautiful, relaxing and calm ... you don't have folks running around doing five color processes around you, or a stylist bouncing from one chair to another to try and finish a record number of clients.  You are the stylists priority ... and you know it when you are there.


Photo of Tennille L. Tennille L. Waxhaw, NC

I started going to Brandi over three years ago.  I have natural curly hair and finding someone who was an expert with it was difficult.  From my very first time in Brandi's chair, I can honestly say that I absolutely love my hair.  I get compliments almost daily on the cut.  She gave me the best cut that I have ever had.  Besides the style, Brandi is great to spend an hour with.  She will have you laughing and you will definitely leave her salon with a smile.  Illuminte is a gorgeous salon with a very cool vibe. The entire staff is great!


Photo of Taylor G. Taylor G. Charlotte, NC

I have been going to Chip for 5 years now and it is always a great experience.  I have very thick hair and It is hard to find someone that cuts it just right every time.  I can always count on a lively conversation that cheers me up even in the worst of moods as soon as I walk through the door.  Illuminate also has some of the best hair products.


Photo of Meghan H. Meghan H. Charlotte, NC

I've been going to Chip for several years now, and wow -- what an amazing transformation my hair has experienced since then! Chip immediately identified several issues with what was then my current style routine and put a plan in place to get my hair where I wanted it to be. I never thought my hair could be this long, healthy and thick, with amazing color and texture, but thanks to Chip - it is!

The entire staff is welcoming and warm, and I always have a fantastic experience. The salon itself is gorgeous and relaxing - not intimidating the way other high-end salons can sometimes feel. I never feel rushed or ignored.

I highly, highly recommend Illuminate Salon and Chip Perry. Amazing service, great conversation and my hair just gets better and better.


Photo of Adrienne A. Adrienne A. Huntersville, NC


I have been going to Brandi for a little over 5 years now!! She is so fun, personable, and can cut and style like a queen! She can look at your face and cut your hair in a way that best suits you! I have recommended many friends and family to Brandi and they fell in love with her as well! Anyone out there that needs a new "do" go see Brandi at Illiminate Salon, you can't go wrong!!!! :)


Photo of DC W. DC W. Charlotte, NC

Everyone knows how important your relationship is with your stylist. Chip Perry rescued me from bad hair doldrums and I've never looked back! I trust his judgement and he always keeps me looking fresh! Every week, someone asks me about my hair and where I have it styled - no joke!! It's a great feeling to know you look good and that you're style is current. It gives me a lot of confidence.

The whole place is a lot of fun and I look forward to my appointments. I love being around happy people!


Noelle G. Charlotte, NC

I have been with Chip longer than I have been married to my husband. Chip is the best stylist around. I always get so many compliments on my haircut no matter what style I have it. Chip is amazing and on top of that he is a wonderful person! I truly am blessed to know him.

  • 8/12/2017

    I just love my appointments with Rob.  We have gone thru many hair colors in the two years I have been a client of his.  However this time he achieved nirvana with this color.  Thank you Rob for always doing a beautiful and amazing job.  Special shout out to Jennie,the receptionist.  She keeps me organized with my appointments and always so welcoming.  Love this place!

  • Mary C. Charlotte, NC
  • 10/11/2016

    I have been everywhere in Charlotte...EVERYWHERE...and Chip is hands down the best hair stylist and colorist I've ever been to.  I always thought stylists were either good at cutting hair or good at coloring hair -- never at both -- but Chip is the exception.  He has a way of foiling color that never bleeds, and never grows in a line of color at the roots -- I can go much longer between salon visits.  My cut is always perfection.  His prices are perfectly reasonable for what is delivered, especially in Charlotte.  I've spent much more with far less quality service.

    The other reason I love Illuminate is because it is not stuffy.  Chip and the rest of the staff are attentive and kind, but relaxed.  I feel like they always show that they are appreciative that I am their customer, not that I should be lucky to have an appointment like some other places in town.

  • Donna R. Charlotte, NC
  • 2/18/2016

    The owners and stylists at this salon are the best of the best in the Queen City!  I honestly can not imagine trusting anyone else with my hair or color!!

  • Kate G. Charlotte, NC
  • 7/14/2015

    Great stylists - cool processing lounge - products that are unique. I always get compliments on my hair - ESP my color.

  • George H, Charlotte, NC
  • 2/26/2015

    I went to several stylists when I first moved to Charlotte.  I was frustrated, as I didn't think I'd ever find anyone I clicked with.  Then....I found Brandi!  She's warm, personable, and talented.  She really listens, and offers advice when asked.  And, she's a hoot!!  I always have a good time when I'm in her chair!

  • Emily N, Charlotte, NC
  • 3/26/2014

    I just got my hair cut and colored for the 58th time from Chip Perry at Illuminate. Yes that's right, 9 years Ive been seeing Chip and Ive NEVER had a bad or even an "ok" cut.  I always love my hair, my color and for weeks I hear from everyone I know about how gorgeous it looks.  I love the compliments.  If you are in need of something new or just want your same cut done better, go see Chip or any of the great stylists at Illuminate.  You will love this little salon, tucked in a cool space over in Plaza Midwood.  You gotta check it out. You will be glad you did.

  • Tracey O, Waxhaw, NC
  • 7/10/2013

    Brandi has been cutting and styling my hair for over 5 years now.  She is an amazing stylist.  I have never left her chair unsatisfied.  She knows my hair and always gives me suggestions on changing it up when we get the urge.  i have very straight fine hair.  I struggled for years with trying to style long hair.  The first time I sat in Brandi's chair she gave me the most fun, funky easy to style short cut.  I will never go back to having long hair again.  I absolutley love love love my hair now.  I get compliments from strangers all the time.  Thank you Brandi, you are the best!!

  • Robin L, Charlotte, NC
  • 5/10/2013

    Brandi Piana is the best stylist!  I have been going to her for over 5 years and NEVER had a cut or color that I didn't LOVE!.  She takes the time to listen to what you want and then magically makes it happen.  If you're not sure what you want, she is great at coming up with the perfect suggestions.  Illuminate is a very warm and inviting salon and It is always a joy to go there.  I highly recommend both Brandi and Illuminate!

  • Gary F, Charlotte, NC
  • 2/25/2013

    A warm, comfortable environment that manages to be open, inviting and sophisticated at the same time.  My wife and I both go to Illuminate and we are treated so well it's almost embarrassing.  Almost.

  • Glen P, Charlotte, NC
  • 2/25/2013

    Rob has been cutting my hair for almost a year now and it has never looked better.  I'm kicking myself for not going to him sooner!  The salon is beautiful and everyone is very friendly and professional.  I send everyone I know to them.




    Tanya B-
    "My 11 year old loves Ember Weaver so much that when the postcard arrived telling us of your opening, she grabbed it and stuck it on her wall. We came in with an idea in mind, and Ember turned it into a cut that has brought compliments from strangers in stores. What a confidence booster for a new middle schooler! Of course, we've known Ember since my daughter was a babe in a stroller so we've come to expect as much. :)"

    Debra N-
    "I'm in Phoenix waiting to board my plane and I notice a woman staring at me. Finally, she said "I love your hair". So I asked her if she lived in Charlotte and when she said "yes" I told her about Illuminate and Chip!"

    Green With Envy-
    "CONGRATS! We are so excited for you guys! The salon is absolutely gorgeous and feels so welcoming. Such good energy!"

    Candice L-
    " I have never loved my hair so much. The cut and color are perfect and kudos to you all for being so nice to me when I'm bitchy!"

    Beth R-
    "was in today to see Ember... my hair looks simply "Emberweavable!" :)"

    Rebecca A-
    "Chip Perry has been my stylist for years...and I would drive 3+ hours if I had to.   I wouldn't go anywhere else!!"