CELEBRATING TOGETHER: Jessica Sikes, Vicki Griffin, Heather Safrit, Laura Brooks and LaDonna...

CELEBRATING TOGETHER: Jessica Sikes, Vicki Griffin, Heather Safrit, Laura Brooks and LaDonna Dryer celebrate the 500th Sola Salon Studio opening at The Crossings at Godley Station in Pooler, GA.


Since the time when Sola Salon Studios opened its first location in Denver, CO in 2004, the company has been a part of a revolution in the salon industry and a pioneer in the salon studio industry, and, today, Sola continues to experience explosive growth. Sola Salon Studios recently opened their 500th location in The Crossings at Godley Station in Pooler, GA, and Sola is now the business home to over 15,000 entrepreneurial beauty professionals. 

When Sola Salon Studios launched their business model, the plan was to give beauty professionals the tools they needed to build an independent career and business they’d love while providing beautiful, high-end, turn-key studios where they could experience the freedom and benefits of salon ownership. This concept has proven to be a huge success.  According to the Professional Beauty Association, independent beauty professionals now make up over 50% of the industry.

“When my business partner, Dave Donahower, and I started developing Sola Salons in 2013, there were only 93 locations. To be the owners of Sola’s 500th location is incredibly exciting from both a brand perspective and on a personal level. It is an amazing feeling to know we have been part of helping almost 15,000 beauty professionals nationwide become entrepreneurs and have opportunity to experience the pride and freedom of business ownership,” says Heather Safrit, co-owner of the Sola Salon Studios location 500.

From the beginning, Sola Salon Studios' goals was to take the fear and guesswork out of launching a salon business by providing a comprehensive start-up support and programs that simplified the entrepreneurial process - answering questions about everything from registering an LLC to setting up a Sola webpage. Additional Sola-only benefits continued to be added over the years and now include live and digital education programs, business and marketing support and access to the proprietary SolaPro and SolaGenius apps designed to help Sola owners supercharge their salon business. 

 When it comes to international expansion opportunities, Sola has already opened locations in Canada and Brazil with more to come. 

“Two innovative entrepreneurs founded Sola Salon Studios with the purpose of supporting entrepreneurs in the professional beauty industry,” commented Christina Russell, CEO, Sola Salon Studios. “We are excited to celebrate our 500th location and equally honored to announce we now have 15,000 beauty professionals owning and operating their own salons at Sola. We continue to be inspired by the successes and milestones of each and every sole proprietor and we are committed to continuing to support our growing community throughout the United States and worldwide in the years to come.”

Visit www.solasalonstudios.com for more information.

In 2004, Sola Salon Studios was established with the opening of our first location in Denver, CO. Now with more than 500 locations open in the US, Canada and Brazil, we are proud to offer salon professionals the freedom and benefits of salon ownership without the upfront costs and risks associated with opening a traditional salon. Our innovative salon model empowers hairdressers, estheticians, nail techs, massage therapists and other like-minded professionals to take control of their lives and their careers. We provide beauty professionals with beautiful, fully equipped salon studios alongside the support and tools they need to launch their salon business in no time.

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Originally posted on Modern Salon