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Meet Nicole Pulverenti of Mane Escape Salon in Artesia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Pulverenti.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started cosmetology school seven years ago but I gave my first haircut to my roommate at summer camp when I was only 12 years old. So I guess you could say I’ve always been interested in the beauty industry. I was the little girl with stick on earrings, wearing plastic jewelry with my nails always painted (by myself of course), and putting on my Mom’s make up even though I wasn’t allowed. So beauty school came pretty naturally to me.

While I was in school, I used to dream of saving all my tips for the next 30 years to open a salon of my own. Little did I know, a short five years later I did exactly that. I moved from North Hollywood to Artesia to open the salon so I had to start all over and build a clientele in my new area. Six months after opening I had a Corporate Lawyer come in for a blowout. She raved about how happy she was and invited me to a networking meeting the following day. Now, I’m no businesswoman. I’m just a girl who loves styling hair and helping people feel beautiful. But I attended the meeting anyway because I knew I was willing to do anything to grow my business. I joined the Business Networking International Organization (BNI) the following week and it has changed my business and my life forever. I still have to pinch myself sometimes because I can not believe I get to do what I love every single day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not!!! As a business owner, you are on a rollercoaster of emotions every single day. Some days you think ‘Oh I totally got this!’, and other days you think ‘Oh no, what am I doing wrong?’. All I can do is my absolute best every single day. And when I see my network and business is growing, all the hard work seems worth it to me.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mane Escape Salon – what should we know?
Mane Escape Salon is a full-service hair salon. I offer a variety of haircuts from a long layered haircut to a gentleman’s fade. Coloring, highlighting and balayage services. Olaplex is included in every color service. I also offer blowout, braiding and styling services. I’m in a one chair salon so I see one client at a time. My clients have my undivided attention so they are not sitting there waisting time while I’m working on someone else.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think I have the ability to connect with people while simultaneously teaching each client how to care for their hair and helping them feel beautiful at the same time. I don’t want my clients to only look good on the days they get to see me. I want them to look and feel good every single day! What good is all the knowledge I have if I don’t share it with my clients? I explain every single thing I’m doing and why I’m doing it and I think everyone appreciates that.

Pricing:

  • Woman’s Haircut $70 (includes wash & blowout)
  • Gentleman’s Haircut $35 (includes wash & scalp massage)

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Image Credit:
Jason Spalding

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