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Styled Extension Bar

Name: Monica Gaspard

Location: Palatine, IL 

Type of Business:
Extension service only salon

What does your business do?
installation of extensions sale of custom extensions, wigs, and hair pieces extension maintenance services

When and why did you start the biz?
I got cosmo license in 11/2014 and rented a chair in salon for 3 years. I now want to expand to my salon. I wanted to create a space that would offer the best extensions in my area as so many of my clients were found due to poor installations of their extensions. I also offer custom wigs for wig wearers or woman suffering from hair loss due to age or cancer, or alopecia

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
currently provide services in home but have signed a lease to storefront in april 2018

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part is keeping up with good quality hair vendors and finding trusted vendors oversees. Funding has also been hard coming up with the cash to build the business the way i imagined.

What's the most fun part?
The smile on my clients' faces when they look in the mirror at their flawless install. Especially women who suffer from hairloss that is humiliating but look in the mirror and feel like a whole woman again.

Anything you would have done differently?
I would have faced my fears earlier and taken that leap of faith. I got scared and got a corporate job to help raise funds but instead it took up all of my time and energy i barely had anything left to invest in myself

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I signed a lease for a storefront for just focusing on renovating and opening.

What advice do you have for others?
go for it! honestly i thought of so many reasons why this might not work but just one reason why it would was all i really needed to try. Even if their are a million places selling what your selling none of them are you and that is your power. walk down the bread aisle in your local grocery store there are so many brands of bread because there is something for everyone.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea cafe gives me a space to sort my thoughts about my business its a place where i can stay encouraged and helps with grant finding.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
Empire Beauty School -- Cosmetology License

Prior jobs or business?
Salon manager. booth renter. HR manager in long term care facility with focus on residents with dementia.

Favorite Food?

What are your pets' names?
Turtle- Chomper

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
no the snapping turtle is my kids' turtle they found him in the backyard after a rain storm

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
i was laid off from my corporate job and i said i wasnt going to allow another person to decide if I was going to be able to pay my rent or feed my kids.

Contact Info:
Monica Gaspard
1286 n Williams Dr
Palatine, IL 60074


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