Bianchi’s Salon to Open in Birmingham, Plans to Add Cosmetology School


Bianchi’s Salon, with locations in Clinton Township, Royal Oak, and Troy, will expand with the opening of a salon in the Palladium Building in downtown Birmingham in January. Bianchi’s will also open a L’Oreal cosmetology school, the first franchise location in the United States, by the end of next year.

Michael Bianchi, co-owner of Bianchi’s Salon, says the Birmingham location will offer hair, nail, makeup, waxing, and spa services.

“We’ve always wanted to be in Birmingham,” Bianchi says. “The opportunity was amazing because we got the salon on street level. There’s anywhere from 600 to 800 people a day working in the (Palladium) Building.”

Bianchi says the 4,000-square-foot salon at the north end of the Palladium Building will have two nail stations, a wax bar with full waxing services, four stations dedicated to hair blow-outs, two makeup stations, and 24 hair stations.

He says the salon will also have two treatment rooms offering services such as facials, massages, and cosmetic tattooing for eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip liner. He says the salon has a boutique area, selling products such as Kérastase, L’Oreal, and some boutique items purchased out of state.

Bianchi will also open the first franchise location of the L’Oreal Cosmetology School, called Elevate Salon Institute.

“It’s going to be a full cosmetology school, so we’re going to license cosmetologists and estheticians,” Bianchi says. “We’re going to be teaching students…all of the state requirements and the curriculum through L’Oreal.”

He says the institute will be about 8,000 square feet, and he’s in the process of looking for a location, which is likely to be in Oakland County.