Nina Husen and
Established: July 2007
Square feet: 4,000
Prices: hair cut, $80; full-head highlights, $165
Primary hair care line: Bumble and bumble
Primary chemical line: Wella
Tell me about NH2U, the education component of the salon.
Nina: As part of the 4,000 square feet of the salon, we have a small theater. We're launching NH2U here in April. The first class is the Color Reality Series. It's a six-hour class with color theory, demonstrations and hands-on work, covering basic color knowledge, all the way through to color correction, focusing on reds, pigmenting and beautiful blonds. I've taught this class all over the country, and everyone from the very beginner to those at high-end, thriving salons have benefited from it. Students from local schools are welcome as well. Matching up students to salons is a big issue-new stylists get their licenses and then have to find the perfect fit. So we thought having the students and professionals combined would be great.
What was your biggest challenge in opening the salon?
Nicole: Nina and I previously did both color and cut. But we decided to departmentalize the salon, so we both had to decide whether to cut existing clients' hair or color it. I decided to cut hair. Everybody has been extremely supportive and ecstatic.
Why make the decision to departmentalize?
Nicole: Because we're an education facility-most hair dressers are either scientists [color] or architects [cuts]. We've witnessed people compromising their strengths and building up their weaknesses. Instead, we're taking what you're naturally gifted at, honing it and taking it to the highest level. It's very powerful to allow a stylist to do only what she loves.
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