Kelly Rainer opened the French Doll Salon in Madison in January with her daughters, Kassy Hawks and Sarah Lavender.
Kelly Rainer opened the French Doll Salon in Madison in January with her daughters, Kassy Hawks and Sarah Lavender.
Growing up in New Orleans, Kelly Rainer was only able to visit her grandmother's salon in Long Beach, Cali., a few times but it left an indelible impression.

“ A few visits was all it took,” Rainer said. “Doing hair has been my calling since as far back as I can remember. It is definitely in my blood.”

Rainer opened the French Doll Salon in Madison on Main Street in early January. The salon is named after the business her grandmother ran in California with Rainer’s mother and her two other daughters.

Rainer is in business with her two daughters, Kassy Hawks and Sarah Lavender. 

“I have been a hairstylist for 28 years and when I saw my daughters moving towards the business I could see one of my dreams coming true,” Rainer said.

Rainer and her husband, Dwayne, moved from their hometown of New Orleans to Madison when Dwayne became a managing partner in the Biaggi's at Renaissance.

Dwayne still runs the restaurant to this day and though his background is largely in the food industry, he can still be seen around the shop some mornings helping set up for the day.

“My wife pampers people and makes them feel good about themselves,” he said after bringing some supplies in one rainy morning.

In addition to their daughters, the Rainers have three sons: DJ, Christian and Ryan.

The shop is set up for ten hairdressers to work at a time with room for assistants. They currently operate with three and one assistant. Rainer said she would love to expand her operation.

“We definitely have room for more. We would love to fin people who are the right fit to add to our family here,” Rainer said.



The French Doll Salon is located on Main Street next o Persnickety. Rainer said she has brought the same feeling she had visiting her grandmother’s shop when she younger.

“I just remember having this feeling of love and nurturing and I wanted the same thing here,” Rainer said.

The French Doll also does men’s hair and hot towel shaves. Rainer and her staff are available for special events as well.

For more information or to schedule an appointment visit https://www.thefrenchdollsalon.com/ or call 601-512-0340