Professional stylist Carl Youman II came to Jacksonville, Fla. from Washington D.C. in 2007 to live closer to his family. Upon arriving, he quickly connected with the community, working with the team that styled the Jacksonville Jaguars Roar Cheerleaders for the 2008 and 2010 calendar photoshoots. Little did Carl know, less than 10 years later, he would go from Master Colorist and Stylist to majority part owner at Picasso Day Spa and Salon.
Located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach at 202 2nd St N, in a Spanish-style villa, Picasso Day Spa and Salon offers clients a variety of spa and salon services in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We recently spoke to Carl about his new and exciting opportunity with Spa Owner and Manager David Manaute, who shared the vision they have for their new partnership.
What sets Picasso Day Spa and Salon apart from other salons in the area?
We offer a more relaxed atmosphere than a lot of places. We have many clients that say they feel like they are at home and not rushed. We have an amazing and friendly staff that makes everybody feel very welcomed. The clients feel they can talk to anyone here, not just their stylist. Here we want everybody to feel part of our group.
We do amazing work, and we are very detailed oriented. We are here for the clients above all else, and we want to make them happy. We succeed when our clients love their hair and feel welcomed.
I would say 90 percent of our daily clients are existing clients with new clients coming in regularly.
What do you contribute to your success in becoming majority part owner?
Lots of hard work, being very detail oriented, taking care of clients. Being available when they need me. I am here all the time and that way if there is a last minute client coming in the salon, I am here ready to work. That’s pretty much how I built my business allowing me to be one of the busiest stylists in the salon.
It’s very important to be here all the time. You don’t call out because they rely on you.
How do you see Picasso Day Spa and Salon changing in the near future as you proceed in your new role as majority part owner?
We are going to go through some small operational changes and fine-tune everything to improve the client experience. We really want people to come in a check us out that way we can work to improve our standing in the community.
We are looking for a way to be more involved and help the community. We want to be more than another business in the community we want to be an active member of the community.