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Gaston returns to Lehigh; specializes in trendy styles

November 22, 2012
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Rene Gaston, who has been in the beauty industry for 20 years - many of them in Lehigh up until a little more than a year ago when she left and went to work in Fort Myers cutting and styling women's hair - is back.

She wants to get the word out to all the "great and wonderful people" that she had as clients back when she was working in Lehigh.

"I love it back in Lehigh. This is where I want to work. The people here are just tremendous," said a jovial Rene Gaston. She is 48 and lives in nearby Buckingham.

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Rene Gaston

But the word on the street now is that "Rene is back" and she wants to hear from her former clients and all the news ones, too.

"Some people say they can't find me. It's easy. I tell them that we are at 1305 Lee Blvd. in Suite 205 at Park Place Plaza. To make it even easier, I tell them we in the yellow shopping center just next to Hodge and Farley's Funeral Home.

"You can't miss us. It is the big yellow building. We have lots of parking here and our new place is called Solstice, and we're celebrating our opening and offering some good specials to both men and women," she said. "Some of our great bargain prices last until December."

In addition to owner Rene Gaston (and that is with an accent on the final "e") there is another woman almost with the same first name.

She's Renee and she is a specialist in all types of cuts and styles, too.

Gaston has gone through extensive training with Ian Zachary, the creator of the Ian Zachary line which allows every person to create a "custom color" that is specific to his or her personal tastes.

There is no doubt that Rene is a trendy hair stylist because she is all the time updating her styles and techniques. As customers and friends will attest that Rene is always up-to-date with all the new cuts, styles and colors of the season.

And Rene says she is a specialist in fixing those "boo boo's.

"Oh the women will understand," she laughed.

Sitting in the chair was Lynda Schilke, a postal worker in Lehigh, who was there to have her hair cut and styled with some color.

"I'm nervous," she laughed. "But I know Rene will do a good job."

The other chair is manned by Renee Shelton and she specializes in all your hair care needs including braids, extensions, as well as relaxers.

"We're like a bi-racial beauty studio," Gaston laughed. Theirs may be the only hair studio for multi races.

"We can do whatever the customer wants. Renee is an expert in braiding. She can also relax your hair and add extensions. You have got to see the great work she does here," Gaston said.

Renee Shelton has been in the beauty business for more than 10 years.

"Tell them that we have multi-cultural designs for everyone's hair," laughed Gaston just before she stopped to answer the phone making an appointment for a woman.

"I say walk-ins are welcome," she said. "But I suggest that you make an appointment. You can call us at 239-369-4247," she said.

The Solstice studio is open every day except for Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m.

"Depends ... if someone is in here and needs to have her hair done, we will stay and do it," Gaston said.

"Oh, don't forget to mention that we do men's' clippings, too. And between now and the end of December a simple haircut for a man is $5. You can't beat that anywhere," she laughed.

Gaston is always laughing and having fun and that is one of the reasons her clients come to her shop.

"We don't gossip here," she said. "But if you want to know all the news in town, this is the place to come."

She and the other hair dresser, Renee Shelton, keep up with all the continuous education courses about hair care. They go to Orlando from time to time to learn about new things in hair design, color usage and European colors.

As she began to finish her customer's hair, the woman with the postal service, she had cut off 4 1/2 inches of hair and was applying a special color treatment. When she was done, Lynda said she wanted something new and she looked great and her postal customers may not recognize her since her hair has been longer.

Gaston said men are more than welcome, too, to have their hair colored.

"It's a trend today to keeping yourself looking young," she laughed.

"Tell the men that I have a special procedure to chase the gray away. Its blended in with a man's hair and it adds years of young appearance to his life," she said.

Solstice studios also offer acrylic nails work, but you should call and make an appointment, so you don't have to wait.

Gaston said that often when someone new comes in to have their hair done, other members of the family will call for an appointment, too.

"That's what great about it. I am here to please, to make you look wonderful and to have fun while you're here," Gaston said.

"And like I said, no gossip here, no way. But we enlighten each other and have a good time," Gaston said.

"I want to get the word out to all those golfers at Majestic. They always came to me for their haircuts. I'm back guys," she laughed.



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