Arlene Harriman, owner of Curl Up & Dye salon on Augusta Road in Belmont, is pleased as punch about the renovations she's just completed on her business. But she didn't take credit for the facelift herself: it was the staff, she said, who pushed her to spruce up the salon she's owned for 20 years.

Actually, Harriman and stylists Jane Gerrish and Holly Wellman did a lot of the work themselves, taking down the old wallpaper and applying new paint and paper. Because of the condition of the walls, she said, she had new sheetrock put up. She also installed new flooring and knocked down part of a wall to open up the work area. She even had new, washable covers made for her styling chairs, with a spare for when the covers are in the wash.

Harriman added that she's very grateful for all the help she received from family and friends with the renovation and new decor.

Gerrish, who has been cutting hair for about 15 years, works part-time right now because she has young children, but said she hopes to return to full-time when her children are older.

And Wellman, who started at the salon recently, is relatively new to the field. She said, "I always wanted to do hair," but put off a career until after her children were grown. Then, in 2010, she enrolled at Capilo Institute in Augusta, graduating in 2011.

She said her husband has been very supportive of her new work. She rents space from Harriman, paying her a percentage of what she earns. Wellman met the salon owner when she came in to have her hair done, and when she mentioned that she wanted to become a stylist herself, Harriman offered to rent her space after she graduated.

Wellman was attracted to the salon, she said, because, "I liked that the salon was family-oriented." catering mostly to repeat customers. She wants to get to know her customers, she said, and have a personal relationship with them. She also liked the salon's "reasonable prices."

"We all just clicked," she said of herself, Harriman and Gerrish.

Curl Up & Dye will celebrate its new look with an open house Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be coffee and goodies, and the three stylists hope current and prospective customers will come by and say hello.