Kim Carter and Alicia Miller

Kim Carter and Alicia Miller are the dynamic duo behind Carter | Miller, Hillcrest's newest salon. We caught up with the two hair care gurus to learn about some of their favorite of-the-moment products and styles, plus what trends to look out for in the coming year.

COLOR

"In 2020, all colors get equal play. Beige, golden and champagne blondes will rise in popularity, next to the ever popular icy blonde of 2019. (Don’t worry, those cool tone blondes aren’t going anywhere.) We also can’t leave out rich chocolate brunettes, vibrant reds and all those fashion colors. Blue doesn’t always have to be bold, it can be feminine and delicate. Make way for 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year, 'bleached coral'."

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STYLE

"We are so happy to see simplicity come to the forefront of fashion. Sleek and simple ponytails, easy bobs, middle parts, side parts and braids — whatever your preference, 2020 is about simplicity in styling. Your hair style should be a reflection of you.

PRODUCTS

"Sustainable products! We partner exclusively with Davines Haircare, based and manufactured sustainably in Parma, Italy. Sustainability is meant not only for the products, but sustainability of your hair — choosing daily essentials that match your hair type and lifestyle. Our personal faves are the Circle Chronicles hair masks from Davines. They're the perfect go-to deep conditioners to keep in the shower, throw in your gym bag and carry-on or after pool or lake time that meet the needs of each moment of your busy life."

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TOOLS

"Basics never go out of style. Invest in the everyday tools that make your styling routine easier. At Carter | Miller, we love our Elchim and Dyson blow dryers. A Mason Pearson brush should be in every woman’s beauty kit, and we are in love with the Davines round brushes. And pull out those curling irons and crimpers. 2020 is all about texture. Whether it be your own natural texture or created with a tool, make texture happen."


MEET THE OWNERS

What brought you two to start Carter | Miller?

We have worked next to each other since November 2006. Kim had just returned to Little Rock from a year-long apprenticeship in Manhattan, and Alicia was beginning her career in Little Rock and developing her path with Davines. In April 2007, we took a road trip to Kansas City for a Davines Natural Tech class, and from then on we were inseparable as co-workers and friends.

We’ve said for many years that if the right space aligned with the right time, we would pursue opening our own salon. Last May, that is exactly what happened, and we opened in March of this year.

What gets you out of bed to come to work every day?

Well, the Nespresso machine for starters. When we began this adventure, we knew we wanted to start a business that encouraged an entrepreneurial spirit amongst hairstylists while providing a positive atmosphere for guests and clients. We wake up every morning excited that we get to visit with so many friends and lovely people. Heading into work is the best part of the day.

What do you love most about running a business in the Hillcrest neighborhood?

Being a part of such a close-knit community was our goal. The camaraderie and history of this profound neighborhood made opening a business here a no-brainer. There is truly something special driving on Kavanaugh passing the amazing local businesses, Allsopp park, the Hillcrest Farmers Market, and knowing we’re a part of that makes our hearts so happy.


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