Women of Downtown Prescott: Natalie Dillon, Owner – Crimson Chair Salon

Prescott salon owner uses her business to give back to the community that has given her so much

By Tara Fort • Photo by Trisha Shaffer

When Natalie Dillon—owner and manager of Prescott’s Crimson Chair Salon—unexpectedly lost her job several years ago, she decided to make a huge career change to attend cosmetology school and follow what she believes is her true passion.

“While at cosmetology school, I discovered a love for custom cuts and color,” she said. “After working in other salons and seeing a need for the type of expert services I could provide, I made the jump to start my own business. It was the best decision I ever made. I opened Crimson Chair in 2016 and since then, my business has grown by leaps and bounds!”

In addition to Natalie, the salon has three cosmetologists and an aesthetician, and Natalie prides herself on the salon’s offerings of specialization cuts, custom color, blonding, aesthetics, wedding hair, and makeup. Working downtown, just a few blocks from the Courthouse Square, helps boost the salon’s walk-in and drive-by traffic, and adds a special convenience to her loyal, regular clientele.

She said, “I love my clients and getting to know them and their families. They are the reason I love what I do. I especially love the transformation and seeing them leave my salon with a smile.”

Another of Natalie’s passions is community outreach. She knows that the proximity of her salon to the downtown area is an added bonus in gaining a hometown feel and support of special projects.

“We just finished a benefit to raise funds for a kidney transplant needed by a beloved community member and we brought in music, food and vendors — it was a huge success and so gratifying to help in this way!” she said.

Natalie also started the first Prescott hair show titled, “The Show.” It features vendors and educators from all over the country showcasing products and knowledge about skincare, hair, and beauty.

“I look forward to resuming ‘The Show’ as we start to return to our new normal!” she said.

Natalie, who moved from New York to Prescott in 1985, attended Prescott Unified School District from elementary school through high school, and graduated from Prescott High School in 1997. As a single mother, she raised her two children, both of whom are now married and living outside of Prescott.

“I love having the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me so much over the years.  Prescott is where my roots are, where I’ve lived and raised my children, and it has helped shape the woman and business owner I’ve become.”

For more about Natalie Dillon and The Crimson Chair Salon, visit 217 N. McCormick Street, Suite 3 in Prescott or call 928.710.8635. Follow Crimson Chair on Facebook and crimson.chair on Instagram.