Sponsored article – Glyph San Francisco results from over 30 years of professional friendship between Reynald Ricard and Sébastien Oxner. And over time, it turned into a coast-to-coast success story.
They started in the hairdressing sector by joining Jacques Dessange in Paris, a prestigious reference point in the industry.
After the four years of compulsory training in France to open a salon, plus hours and hours of apprenticeship at Dessange, our two young talents took the gamble of moving to the United States to respectively start Dessange Miami and Dessange New York.
They didn’t know it yet, but the American adventure was beginning for them, even if their roads separated after a few years on the East Coast.
Sébastien Oxner moved to San Francisco to work at Joseph Cozza, a renowned beauty salon, while Reynald Ricard decided to continue on the East Coast between Miami and New York.
But being an expert in hairdressing for one, coupled with a specific know-how in coloring for the other, did not prevent them from having an entrepreneurial spirit.
Their professional trajectories had diverged, but friendship and mutual respect for their professional competence brought them back together.
In 2019, they took the plunge and set up Glyph San Francisco, on Market Street. They took over the Joseph Cozza Salon in the Equinox/Four Seasons, which had closed for some time.
After the months of confinement, the new facility reopened, and our two entrepreneurial-minded friends were back on track and in a position to convince a third talent, namely Adrien Flammier. Adrien had been self-employed for a few years, but the idea of rejoining a service “à la Française” and teamwork brought him to Glyph in 2021.
This is how our three musketeers offer the best of French service: impeccable hair styling and unparalleled coloring know-how.
Speaking with one voice, they highlight that “The three of us have been trained to listen to our clients and to communicate with them. We want the people who sit in the chair to be confident that we will listen to them and take the time to understand their expectations. This very often involves getting them to talk about their lifestyle, their current mood, and of course, the study of their facial features.“
When digging further into the services, one discovers that the colorists prepare the colors according to each customer; the service is entirely personalized. Moreover, all products are sulfates or silicones free. Everything is done to respect the nature of each individual’s hair and scalp.
Only quality care products are used with brands like Oribé or Iles Formula at the shampoo bowl.
Glyph even offers a French brand called “Mon Shampoing,” following the trend of bespoke cosmetics products. This new brand lets the clients make their own formulation with the stylists’ advice. Finally, for active women who want quick and easy styling, Glyph resales the Slash range.
Today, the Glyph San Francisco team includes six employees, all trained “à la française”. But our entrepreneurs don’t want to stop there. They have already opened two other beauty parlors in California located in Irvine and Los Angeles. And it’s a safe bet that they will develop further.
The fitness centers Equinox, having spotted their specific skills that complement the high-end positioning of their gyms, asked them to consider opening other salons in parallel with their fitness rooms.
It seems that going through the “Dessange school” has inspired our two associates and that we may see more Glyph salons bloom across the United States.
We wish them good luck, and we can only recommend that you go and test their high-quality services. In France, hairdressing is not secondary know-how, it’s an art, and our three musketeers are the perfect illustration of this.