600 Foster Street

Durham’s landmark hair salon, creating beauty inside and out!

If you’ve walked up Foster Street in downtown Durham lately, you’ve probably run across the rainbow scissors sculpture out front, right next to the purple bike rack shaped like a pocket comb. That’s what brings a lot of people through the door of Altered Image Hair Designers, one of Durham’s most highly respected salons. But it’s the service they experience inside that’s really appealing.

When Mark Holt and Eddie Pearce first opened Altered Image in 1985, they focused on building a reputation for creative hair styling, but they also worked hard to build a sense of community with all their patrons.

“We really believe in supporting what our clients are passionate about, whether that’s animal welfare, breast cancer research or being a patron site location for Durham’s ArtWalk,” says Holt. “Our business has always been about celebrating what makes people beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.”

Now Altered Image has reopened in a big way on Foster Street in the heart of Durham’s Central Park and is already a landmark in its new location. The salon offers a full range of services including cuts, color, highlighting, perms and styling for men, women and children. There are also little “extras” such as artwork and jewelry available for purchase.

“We’re proud that our salon offers such a friendly, warm energy to everyone who walks through the door,” says Pearce, “whether it’s your first time here or you’ve been with us from the beginning.” Altered Image is currently offering a 20% discount on your first haircut at the new salon. Go by and see Mark and Eddie, and associate stylist Brad Rudiger. Just head down Foster Street, and keep your eye out for the scissors.