All New Full Service Salon          

our story

Gayle Nelson

Gayle Nelson, owner of the new Gayle's Salon & Spa, attributes the success of her career to thirty-two years of dedicated passion to the hair, make-up and skincare industry. It all began in 1982 when, at the age of twenty-two, she opened her first salon in Pentwater.  Just four years later she opened a new salon, Gayle's Headlines, at her current location between Hart and Pentwater.  Gayle was thrilled when, in 2002, the opportunity to expand into the skincare, massage and spa aspect of the industry presented itself. With the opening of her second business, etc… salon and day spa in downtown Pentwater, her dream of providing a full service salon materialized.  In the fall of 2013, Gayle decided to merge the two salons.  With a name change and building addition and renovation, she is now able to provide full salon and spa services at one location, three miles from Pentwater, featuring state of the art equipment, a professional staff and a new, relaxing atmosphere.

While Gayle understands the importance of a great environment, she firmly believes that it’s the contribution of her team of co-workers that makes a successful business. She is justifiably proud of them all.  If you ask anyone on her team why they love working at Gayle’s Salon & Spa, they'll likely tell you: "Because we're a family." For Gayle, that says it all.

Ashlee Hansen

loves small town living and enjoys being near Lake Michigan. She earned her Associates Degree in Science from Muskegon Community College in 2009 and received her Certificate in Medical Receptionist from Baker College in 2011. Her lifelong love of science sparked her interest in massage therapy. She received her Associates Degree in Massage Therapy also from Baker. Ashlee gets great satisfaction knowing she’s helping people with relaxation and relief of stress. 


Jamie Hoffman Garcia

Born and raised in Hart, Jamie’s passion for hair began when she was a little girl. As a graduate of Douglas J Aveda Institute, she loves to create styles that are unique and trendy. Jamie also enjoys continuing her education in order to keep up on the latest techniques, trends and styles.  Whether, you’re looking for a new color or haircut, or to try one of our salon’s nail services, Jamie will be sure to satisfy you. Jamie is certified in Shellac, Kenra smoothing treatments and Mirabella make-up.

Katie Metts

For her entire life, Katie has been immersed in the art of providing the very best client experience in a professional salon environment. The daughter of Gayle Metts Nelson, owner of Gayle's Salon & Spa, Katie found herself sharing her mother's passion for cosmetology. After graduating from Michigan State University, Katie studied at, and received a degree from, the Aveda Institute in East Lansing, MI. It was there that Katie crafted her skills in creating beautiful, head-turning hair styles, precise and artful nail work and skin care services that leave each and every one of her clients feeling fabulous. she is certified in mirabella make-up and shellac.

Lyrin Russell

Growing up in Pentwater, Lyrin came to understand what it means to live in a small town and how important a sense of community is. She had a passion for things beautiful and, even as a ten year old, knew she wanted this career. She graduated from the French Academy in Spring Lake and currently lives in Mears with her fiancé and daughter. She’s certified in Shellac, Mirabella and Kenra Smoothing treatment.

Tami Loeser

Tami’s been a West Michigan girl for 25 years, having come here from Ohio. She ran her own wreath business for many years and, after retiring from that, began work in a salon as a receptionist. She loved the salon atmosphere and ended up attending The French Academy in Spring Lake to become a nail technician. She believes in customer service noting, “You only get one chance to make that first impression, make it count.”

Trisha Marsh

trisha was born and raised on a farm in Hart and, after her service in the usaf, worked as receptionist in our salon. that time as a receptionist sparked an interest that’s turned into a passion for her. she apprenticed two years here, growing alongside her now co-workers and enjoying every minute. we are thrilled she has joined our staff as one of our licensed cosmetologists. she was in the usaf four years, including duty in kuwait. additionally, she received her bachelors degree in business administration from grantham university. trisha and her husband have two children. she is committed to education and has certification in shellac, mirabella, alexandria sugaring, Brazilian blowout and kenra smoothing treatment. she loves making her clients look and feel their best!

Hours / Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 9-7 / Friday 9-5 / Saturday 9-2