An exquisite balance of fashion and style, 8 the Salon is one of the premier luxury salon’s in the Southeast. Owner Rodger Azadganian left the west coast and his seven popular boutique salons in Seattle for the South to start 8 the Salon in 2011. Since its beginning, the venture has been a true family affair—a collaboration between Rodger Azadganian and wife Amy Troutman.
“Having grown up in Charlotte, Amy saw the need for something new and different for salons here,” Rodger explains.
Originally located in a smaller space within the Village at SouthPark Mall, 8 the Salon has now expanded into a 6000-square-foot venue just a few doors down.
Rodger, with professional experience from the past 25 years, has a vast background in the hair industry as a stylist, platform artist and salon owner. 8 the Salon has been featured in Allure Instyle, Lucky, Elle, as well as W.
“Amy puts it best, saying that I’m the brains and she’s the talent,” Rodger laughs. “We are both heavily involved in the weekly education for our staff as well as the day to day interaction with clients. I reign more in the back end operations, while she’s always at the front end—she’s the personality of our brand.”
Services provided at 8 are solely in the realm of hair care, ensuring the best care and quality for the accessory everyone rocks daily. Amy’s expertise in individualizing color for each person’s unique skin tone and eye color is one asset that sets the salon apart from the rest.
“Our approach is much like that of a tailor or fashion designer,” Rodger explains. “If you go to a designer to have a dress made—her or she would take your measurements before cutting the fabric to create the overall design and style that best suits you. In the same way, we will analyze your face shape and bone structure to come up with the best style for you. We focus on one thing, which allows us to be the best at that one thing.”