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Historic Milton HomeSalon Milton - "Hair That Speaks for Itself"

Historic Location

Salon Milton was established in February of 2006 and is locShips Wheelated within a beautifully restored home in Milton, Delaware.  When you enter the salon you will actually feel the experience of being a part of something long-standing and full of charm, with a romantic essence that just cannot be defined. The house itself was built  c 1875 by the MeGee Brothers who were ship captains that built side by side Victorian Gothic syle homes. Note that the scrollwork at the top of the house is shaped like a ships wheel.

Refined Experience
Salon Milton is a friendly and warm community-based full-service salon that offers you a refined salon experience.  As one of Salon Milton's client's, you will be pampered from the moment you walk in the door until your service is complete.  Once you are settled into our comfortable salon chair, we take the time to understand your particular preferences.  We will also offer our expert advice to suit your particular style and ensure the health of your hair.  Once we determine your particular style, you will be treated to a divine aroma therapy scalp massage, and organic shampoo and conditioner with the finest Aveda or Pureology products, in our famous "shampoo chair." Consultations by appointment are welcomed and always free of charge.

General Information

Prices on this website are subject to change.  Work that requires beyond-average time will incur additional cost.  Consultations by appointment are welcomed and always free of charge.   

Shampoo Chair

You might wonder why we are mentioning our shampoo chair.  Well, simply put…it is special.  The chair was shipped in from California and was specifically designed to allow you to relax, lay back, and get your hair washed without hurting your neck.  Anyone who has tried this chair knows that it is a refined experience…it is a comfortable fit, and it is easy to get in and out of.  You can't ask for anything better than this.

Complimentary Drink & Snack

During your visit, we will offer you a complementary glass of juice, wine, filtered water, coffee, or tea.  We also have some tasty snacks for your sampling, often supplied by Vintage Cafe and Bake Shop, Miltonian Pizzeria, and others.

John Potocki - Hair Designer - Colorist - Salon Owner

John is the owner/operator of Salon Milton and h
as been in the hair industry for over 25 years. His career really blossomed in 1983 when he traveled to New York City to the Jacob Javits Center New York Hair Show. It was there that he discovered Aveda and its founder, Horst Rechelbacher. Aveda was the American pioneer of environmentally focused sustainable products and the master of essential oiled, non-synthetic fragrance creations.

In 1984, John became Aveda's first East Coast educator, traveling in five states—VA, PA, West VA, NC, DE, and DC—for over 17 years. After traveling and working in an Aveda Concept Salon, he decided to regroup and focus all of his energies on his own salon. As he traveled, he always put away ideas as to what he would or would not do when he finally opened his own salon. These ideas included types of service and equipment, as well as lighting and product displays and the personality of the salon. more

Robert McGowan - Hair Designer - Colorist - Master Barber

Robert McGowan has more than 40 years experience in the salon industry. He started his first salon - a one chair barber shop in Valley Forge, PA in 1971. Highly motivated and eager to sharpen his technical skills, Robert added hair dressing and color to his barbering skill set. His development training included working weekends with Paul Mazzota, owner and educator at Renbow, a European hair color company. He spent years traveling to salons from New York to Maryland while assisting Mazzota and learning the complexity of color. Robert brought his experience back to his own salon and grew his business from one to eleven stylists and support staff. It's a standard of excellence he has continued for 35 years. Robert sold his salon in 2007 to a staff member who had worked her way from shampooer to salon assistant, colorist and finally a senior stylist. Robert moved to Delaware full time in 2007.

He continues to go back to PA to work in the same salon, see longtime clients and visit with his two daughtrers and five grandchildren. Although being retired alleviatged the pressure of running a business and allowed him to pursue other interests, Robertg still had the itch to do what he loves to do - hair. Robert was introduced to John Potocki of Salon Milton, an Aveda educator. Finding his culture within a salon was most important. These were the same values Robert had always lived by in business. He now works a couple of days a week with John and staff, making clients his focus. He listens to their needs and makes them feel at home in a relaxed, professional atmosphere.

Roi Barnard - Guest Hair Designer & Colorist (at Salon Milton once a month)

Roi BarnardMany Milton residents might know Roi Barnard from his pink and green 1830s home on Federal Street that he jokingly calls the dollhouse. Others connect Barnard with Salon Roi, his hair salon at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Calvert Street in Washington, D.C., where a huge painting of Marilyn Monroe is emblazoned on the side of building. The popular, upscale salon has become a tourist attraction, with buses regularly stopping so visitors can view the mammoth mural.

Why the hat?

Roi Barnard of Milton said his father never left the family home without a hat on. Barnard said his father always bought a matching hat for his son, which led to Barnard’s like of cowboy hats. more


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