We opened the original Design Gallery Salon back in January '05 on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Last year we celebrated 10 years of hairdressing, with the last four based in our historic City Market location downtown!

Stop by to experience our charming and convenient little neighborhood. There's abundant parking so you can pop in for a quickie, or make a day of it enjoying our cobblestone streets and all the arts 'n action outside our door.


Offering the Best Looks with the Latest in Cut & Color

The four of us are extensively trained stylists with a passion for making sure you get the 'do you deserve. We're a fun bunch with a genuine interest in your well-being. Not all catty. And definitely not fratty. The Design Gallery Salon is a quiet, comfortable space filled with friendly folks and a laid back, positive atmosphere.

To keep your hair in-place and looking sheen, we use Paul Mitchell color and styling products. When a mane warrants, we also use Pureology, Framesi and American Crew styling products. If we use it, we carry it, so you can replenish your styling products stock at any time.

If you're in downtown Raleigh yearning for a cut, color or inspirational new 'do, we'll surely treat your most important accessory with just the right touch.



Heather Weatherford

Our crimson co-owner and accomplished stylist, Heather trained at The International Institute of Hair Design and recently completed advanced training at the Sassoon Academy. She's a Raleigh native - yes, they exist - and has 15 years of experience working with all types of hair concepts, cutting techniques and styling products, including Tigi, Paul Mitchell, Sexy Hair Concepts, Rusk and Pureology, among others. Heather is a passionate colorist with extensive training as a Certified Framesi Technician. When she's not behind the chair, she's often traveling to experience other cultures and enjoying pin-up style, Krav Maga, tattoos, and her two puppies Pepper and Roscoe.

Lauren Khavari

Lauren Khavari

Our resident super sweetheart snippist, Lauren is co-owner and skillful stylist, primed with more than a decade of hairdressing experience. She's trained in New York and D.C., and recently completed Sassoon Academy advanced training in California. Lauren specializes in the latest cut and color trends, excelling at special occasion styles. One part cheerful disposition. One part style excellence. Another part great listener, Lauren has the skills of a hair surgeon with the patience of an angel. Trust us, your hair will thank you.


Tara Dahlin

Our stylish hair stylist Tara has advancing training with the teams at Paul Mitchell, Wella and Redken. She specializes in contemporary color techniques such as babylights, balayage , ombre and vivid colors. Tara got her start in hair 'n makeup at age 10 doing musical theatre and church shows, continuing her performance art up thru her days at Garner High. She's way ahead of the curve on the latest hair techniques. Tara enjoys cutting all textures of hair and is a master at creating "livable styles" you can enjoy and recreate with no blow dry bootcamp necessary. She's a great fit here as an animal lover who draws inspiration from art, music and dance, including ballet, tap and modern. Be sure to ask our lovely songstress about her live stints on background vocals for area singer-songwriters.


Teresa Phillips

Upon graduating from Mitchell's Academy, Teresa journeyed to Florida for advanced training and two years as a top stylist. Born with a love for the beauty industry, her formative years included practicing hair, makeup and fashion styles on her older sister. Teresa has experience with all types of hair and enjoys long, flowing styles for coloring, layering and highlighting, and wants to make every client feel beautiful. When she's not at the salon, she enjoys visiting said sister in the coastal community of Wilmington, while also enjoying downtown restaurants (Mexican!), walking her miniature schnauzer, Scout, and experiencing everything our city has to offer.

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
— Matthew 5:16

Site photos by our pal Tracy Scollon Photography.