SALEM - The House of Hair, "a family hair salon," opened June 7 at 1488 Franklin Ave. Owner Jane Vietmeier said she had always wanted to be in business for herself.
She has over 20 years experience as a hair stylist and today is a licensed, independent contractor with her own business.
"I got tired of working for somebody else and wanted to go into business myself," she said.
She wanted to work out of her home so that required a city zoning change which took about seven months.
"I absolutely love doing hair ... perms and razor cuts are my specialty."
For now, Vietmeier is the sole employee but she expects to hire two people, one in August, after the business grows. The salon has three chairs and features the SexyHair line of products for big, short, healthy, silky, straight and curly styles and types of hair.
It's a tough move to open any kind of business in this economy, and Vietmeier said she's aware of the competition .
"There are 35 to 40 salons all over, there are a lot in Salem. It's a pretty competitive business, but Salem is where it's at as far as business goes," she said.
Waxing and coloring is popular now with younger people and Vietmeier said the House of Hair can handle those customer requests.
She characterized the business as a "family salon" and noted that customers who patronized salons tend to be in their mid-thirties and forties.
"That seems to be what these kinds of salons attract ... more of a neighborhood (setting)," she said, adding, "I think my prices are lower than other salons."
The House of Hair is open Tuesday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. by appointment and walk-ins are welcome.
Haircuts are $12, curling iron or roller set is $12 and waxing starts at $8. Perms and color start at $40 each, highlights start at $45 and a five foil weave is $25, while conditioners start at $5.
For more information, call 330-337-4834; the email address is Houseofhairsalem@yahoo.com.
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