Our Mission

Here at Summit Salon Academy Charlotte, we are dedicated to educating and growing future beauty professionals. Our mission is to create artists who will succeed in the industry while living their passion through hair design and creativity. We are inspired by you everyday!

Our Story

It all began...

It was the decade of big hair bands and the fashionable style of "the grunge".  As the Hubble Telescope floated into space and the World Wide Web began its forever changing mark on our culture, college student Cara walked into a local Long Beach, California Salon looking for a haircut in 1993 only to leave with a crush on her "Bad Boy" Hairdresser.  Three years later Cara and Jason had fallen in love and welcomed their first of two children into the world.  By 1997, they were flying to Charlotte, North Carolina to make a home for their new family in a place that would deliver all their dreams.  Jason worked as a Senior Stylist for an upscale salon and Cara furthered her career in business after having their second baby until the exciting year of 2008 when Salon 42 was born.  Our first location was our retro boutique salon in Dilworth.  In 2010 our quaint and posh Lake Norman location was born and in 2012 our gorgeous and sophisticated Southpark location joined our Salon 42 family.  Summit Salon Academy Charlotte was our next step as we have a passion to teach and inspire the newest creative minds and hands in the industry. The Academy officially opened in 2019.

Our salons are named for a well known book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  The book is about a man seeking the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, in which he discovers the answer is the number 42.  The number 42 also has historical and cultural symbolism throughout history.  You can find many of these unique facts on much of our Salon literature.  We invite you to look up the many interesting things about the number 42 so you will understand how we put our passion and love into naming our salons.  Here at Salon 42, we strive to be your answer to Life, the Universe and Everything by providing you with a one of a kind experience that makes you feel special, unique and inspired.

 At Salon 42 and Summit Salon Academy Charlotte, we embrace all aspects of beauty and our focus is on great hair designed specifically for you. Each time you visit us, you will leave with your signature style that is special to you. We have assembled the best talent in the city to create a team of respected and professional artists and designers that have specialized training to make your every visit truly special. Our close-knit group of top talent will treat every client to a unique and special hair design custom made for you.  

Salon 42 and Summit Salon Academy Charlotte is a hair destination in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We strive to serve our guests and students with an unparralled level of service each time you walk in the door. We promise that you will always receive the very best in services, education and special treatment from our talented staff. Our salons and school represent the culmination of more then 30 years experience in professional hair design.  Our expertise comes from working with world renowned industry experts like Bumble and Bumble in New York, Unite Hair Care in San Diego & Redken 5th Avenue. We have performed platform work in hair shows across the country, designed on movie sets and have contributed to Charlotte’s work in philanthropy through fashion shows and haircutting events.

Our mission is to provide you with a high touch salon experience and education.  We deliver on this mission by being forever committed to superior customer service and continuous education for our team.  We want our dynamic and professional team (we call them our Tribe) to feel creative and inspired everyday so that they can create custom hair designs especially for you and provide you with an exceptional experience. 

Thank you for choosing us, we are inspired by you.


Jason and Cara Viers

Founders and Owners of Salon 42 and Summit Salon Academy Charlotte