Timeless Style: Marla Nelson

By Leslie Moore

Timeless Style: Marla Nelson

Marla Nelson, Carma The Salon

Tell us a little about yourself

I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and moved here in 1993 – Myrtle Beach is my home. My husband, Carl, and I were married on April 12th of last year, so I’m still a newlywed! Carl is originally from New York and is a sales manager at Coastal Cadillac. We actually met online. Our wedding was held on the beach at 67th Avenue – “our” beach. There were about 80 people at the ceremony, and we had lots of other people on the beach cheering us on! It was wonderful.

I’ve worked in salons since I was sixteen years old; it’s what I’ve always wanted to do as my career. Carma The Salon is my fourth salon in Myrtle Beach.

What is your secret to a Timeless Life?

Happiness, peace within and a balance between home and work life – I’m very grounded spiritually and laughter is a big part of my life. Just smile and be happy!

How did you celebrate your last milestone birthday?

It was amazing! I spent my 40th birthday in Las Vegas at the top of Mandalay Bay. Las Vegas is one of my favorite places; I’ve visited several times for educational seminars – my last salon was even named after Las Vegas. We saw several shows, but Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil was my favorite.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done lately?

Getting married and opening a business within a 10 day span last April! Carl’s sister jokingly nicknamed us “Carma,” combining Carl and Marla; and when we needed a name for my salon, it was the perfect choice. Carl actually proposed at the salon while it was under construction, and Carma The Salon opened April 4th, and we were married on the 12th. It was crazy, but it worked out perfectly!

Tell us about Carma The Salon.

For us, it’s 100% about customer service through building relationships with our clients and education, both for us and for our clients. We are a color-based salon and offer free consultations with me or our other two stylists, Carrie and Laura. All of us are seasoned stylists who put our clients first, delivering the best possible service and creating long and short term goals with our clients regarding their style and color.

We will be happy to schedule late appointments for busy moms or anyone who can’t get here during our regular hours. Please stop by and have a cup of coffee and check us out!

Carma The Salon is located at 5105 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 am-7 pm, and Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Call 843-945-9412 or visit www.carmasalon.com for more information or to book an appointment.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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