SPRINGBORO – For Melissa Murdock, hair care is more than brushes and styling; it’s a business that requires a passion for people.
The stylist, who owns Salon 29:11, is part of a small group of salon and spa operators who are bringing a new concept to the area; multiple professionals operating out of a single house, each bringing their different services to the table.
As she prepares to settle into her new location, Murdock says the business has given her the opportunity to pursue a job she truly loves.
What kind of services do you offer?
“I’m a full-service salon. I do haircuts for men, women and children, hair color services, perms, relaxers. I also offer makeup application, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and I recently became a certified stylist with Evolve, which is a hair system focused on women with hair loss, teaching them to use the hair they have but to also incorporate hair additions,” she said.
How did you get into hair styling?
“In high school, I always did my friends’ hair and makeup, and I had a love for it. I started out at Sinclair in nursing school,” she said. “One day I just decided why don’t I just go into haircare, start getting paid and making money off of it? I graduated from Miami-Jacobs’ cosmetology program in Spring 2008 and it took off from there. Now I’m a cosmetology instructor there. I’ve gone full circle with it.”
How has your business stood out?
“It’s a very personal space you can come to. I’m very much about my customers and clients. I cater to people, whereas I think if you go to a bigger salon, your client is just a number, more quantity than quality,” she said.
“I have the ability to talk to you, to get to know you,” she said. “I am on a personal basis with a lot of my clients, if they have something going on in their lives, I’ll call them. I can be flexible to their time and schedule. I’ve worked with homecomings, and I’ve worked with brides in the past, I’ve gone to the bride at their location, because it’s challenging for someone to come to me.”
What is your favorite part about your job?
“I’ve always found, even how the economy is now, women are still going to spend the extra money to get their hair and nails done. You always need a haircut. I’ve just loved it. I’ve made so many connections to so many different people because I have that nurturing personality, changing someone’s look or image. I’ve really been about to touch people and help with their self-esteem. I love that,” she said.
“I’ve grown and done so much in this industry I never thought would happen,” she said.
Melissa Murdock, owner and stylist
Salon 29:11, 15 Commercial Way, Springboro
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