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
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.
What are your pets' names?
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.
1286 n Williams Dr
Palatine, IL 60074