Georgia (Riganas) Huber (center, holding flowers) poses with employees at the Nashville Dry House location. (Photo submitted)
Georgia (Riganas) Huber (center, holding flowers) poses with employees at the Nashville Dry House location. (Photo submitted)

BY KIRSTEN BARNHART

DHI Media News Editor

kbarnhart@timesbulletin.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Georgia (Riganas) Huber has always had a passion for hair, but she never imagined she would one day be teaming up with a celebrity to open her own salon.

Huber, a 1998 Lincolnview graduate, moved to South Carolina after high school. She married Jake Huber, an F-18 Air Force pilot, and they eventually were led to Virginia Beach where they have lived on and off since 2006. They currently have four daughters.

Through traveling, Huber has spent a lot of time in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was a client at a salon called The Dry House.

“Nashville is like my husband's and my happy place,” said Huber. “I was a client, and every time we would go to Nashville, I would go in there. I found them via social media. I would go in there and get my hair blown out.”

“There are two partners in the Nashville salon,” continued Huber. “One’s name is Ali Ryan, and the other is Cassidy Bentley.”

Last year, Huber took a chance and reached out to Ryan, a celebrity hairstylist, and Bentley, wife of Country star Dierks Bentley, and asked if they would be interested in opening a second location in Virginia Beach.

“It’s been wheels forward ever since,” said Huber. “I have collaborated and teamed up with them.”

Huber has been doing hair for 17 years and has always felt she had a talent for the career path.

“It was more of a passion; I love it,” said Huber. “I like making people pretty. Every client becomes a friend of mine.”

The Dry House will bring a blow-out focused salon to Virginia Beach. A blow-out focused salon is one where a client gets their hair shampooed, styled, and blown-out.

Huber is expecting to open The Dry House in Virginia Beach sometime in August.

“It’s been a wild ride,” said Huber who noted she has been doing a lot more traveling to Nashville. “It’s been fun.”

“I just reached out and went for my dreams, and it’s unbelievable,” said Huber. “You never think this stuff will happen, but I just went for it.”