Business Spotlight–LaBelle Vous!

 

 

We are a full service salon that specializes in a number of services, including haircuts, dimensional hair color, smoothing treatments, facial waxing and make-up application.

What products do you sell?
Our salon proudly uses & sells hair care products that are free of harsh chemicals, cruelty & gluten free. Some of our product lines
are: Onesta, SudzzFx, Jane Iredale and for the men Reuzel and Voglia.

What’s the one thing your business is known for, over your competitors?
I don’t know much about our competitors, but if I had to guess, I would say our make-up line. We carry Jane Iredale. It is a natural skin care formula and multitasking mineral makeup that provides a healthy radiant complexion. The line has 7 products that are approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation for UV protection. All ingredients are clean and free of parabens, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrance fillers and GMO ingredients.

How did the business get started?
My daughter worked for the previous owner. She asked my daughter if I would be interested in the business since I was a stylist also. So I purchased the business in October of 2014 and changed the name of the salon.

Biggest “win” in your business’s history?
My biggest win came last June when I filled all my styling stations and had to add a few more. When I purchased the business, we were a commissioned base salon. I converted the salon to booth rental over a year ago and was able to attract some experienced stylist. I have no employees any longer. The seven stylist here are independent contractors.

Did you ever almost go out of business?
Yes, I considered closing in September of 2017. I couldn’t find any experienced stylist willing to work on a commission base pay. In October I was approached by some stylist that wanted to work here if I went booth rental. I made the decision to switch and it was a game changer.

What’s the biggest risk your business ever took?
Converting to booth rental. I’ve been in the industry long enough to know that stylist come and go. I hope that the stylist’s I have will finish their career here.

If I could do it all over again, what one thing would you do differently, and why?
I probably would have started my own salon instead of purchasing an existing one. There were many obstacles to overcome.

If you had and extra $100,000 in your business, what would you use it for?
Building my own salon

Tell us and interesting and fun tidbit about your business.
I have an amazing group of ladies that make up our team. It is a pleasure to come to work everyday. We like to have fun while remaining professional. Also, I get to work with my daughter everyday!!

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