Sisters’ dream comes to fruition with STUDIO23 salon opening | Downtown Albany

Sisters’ dream comes to fruition with STUDIO23 salon opening

Sisters’ dream comes to fruition with STUDIO23 salon opening

The dream of two sisters has come to fruition following the opening of STUDIO23 in downtown Albany. The hair and nail salon is named for co-owners Christina and Crystal Mallett's birth order, what those numbers represent, and a beloved Bible scripture. Christina, 28, is the second child of the family, with the number two symbolizing balance, duality, and love; Crystal, 27, is the third born, with the number three symbolizing optimism, creativity, and manifestation; and Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” all came together to serve as a reminder to themselves and their clients to pursue the things you love.  

After having each previously earned degrees in different fields - for Christina, a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Education at the University at Albany; for Crystal a Bachelor in Sports Management and Masters in Business Administration from American International College - the sisters transitioned their careers to focus on their passions. With an interest in beauty since they were young, Christina and Crystal decided to go into business together in Spring 2019 after Crystal earned her Cosmetology License at The Paul Mitchell School Schenectady and Christina enrolled in the Aesthetic Science Institute. 

Services available at STUDIO23 include manicures, pedicures, natural nail care, acrylic, gel, dip powder nail sets, custom press on sets, haircuts for men and women, color services, natural hairstyling and haircare, protective styles, wig making and installation, and hair extensions including braided weaves, glue, fusion, and tape-ins. 

"As a Downtown resident myself I am so excited to further embrace this area with our business and bring the services Christina and I offer to the people who work and live here," said Crystal Mallett. "I've made it my priority to offer services working with all hair types and textures, and I love to give my clients the hair style of their dreams. I get a thrill from bringing beautiful styles to life. It is the reason why I became a hair stylist." 

“Going into business together has long been a dream of ours, and the last year has only fueled that goal. We followed our guts knowing that things would get better, and this opening proves that despite adversity, you can open the business of your dreams," said Christina Mallett. "It's been my duty to perfect my craft of nail art and customization, and I pride myself on being able to achieve most nail designs presented by my clients. I love a challenge, and doing nails allows me to push myself and my artistic abilities, while meeting the needs of my clients; this brings me great joy.” 

Located at 46 State Street in downtown Albany, STUDIO23 is currently open by appointment. For more information and to make an appointment, call 518.776.4002, or visit For updates, follow STUDIO23 on social via and   

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