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Meet Socorro and Kristal Mendoza of Zarios Hair Salon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Socorro and Kristal Mendoza.

Socorro and Kristal, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Socorro: At 25 years old, I was inspired to start a career as a cosmetologist. Always having curly hair that was hard to work with, I wanted to learn how to do my own hair and how to do it for others. In 1999, I enrolled in Montebello Beauty College.

After I graduated, I worked in a couple of different locations and decided that I wanted to open my own salon. With the support of my husband, children, and sister, I opened Zarios in 2006.

As a family, we came together to paint, decorate and get the salon ready for opening.

Kristal: After opening the salon in 2006, I was inspired to follow in my mom’s footsteps. Seeing the kind of work she did, I wanted to help make the same creations. I was still in middle-school, so, I did what I could do to help around the salon until I was old enough to go to cosmetology school myself.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The worst thing was in 2008 when the economy crashed. Many salons and other businesses were closing. But, with a lot of hard work, we managed to keep the salon open.

Please tell us about Zarios Hair Salon.
At Zarios, we provide many services, including: Cuts, Color, Makeup, Extensions, Eyebrow Embroidery and more. We use the best products possible and provide excellent service.

We strive to continue in our education, to be current with trends and techniques.

We are very proud to be able to help change people’s image and boost their self-esteem.

We feel that we are unique in that we have a membership program that rewards client loyalty and gives our customers a chance to earn points towards products and services with monthly specials to our members

I am also very proud to be able to work side-by-side with my daughter and to be a team.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
In 2011, we opened a second location in Downey. It was a real challenge to manage both locations while my daughter and son were still in cosmetology school and I didn’t have someone I could trust to help run the 2nd location. I decided to return my focus to the original location and serve my loyal clients in Pico Rivera.

I have no regrets about how things have turned out. I’ve worked hard for all of my successes and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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