What if you could open the business you’ve always dreamed of in the perfect location and work with your favorite people?
Although it sounds too good to be true, that’s exactly what Kayla Manzinali and Ashleigh Becker say they’ve done at their Grass Valley salon, Tangles Salon & Skin Care.
The two met in 2009 while working at the now-defunct Spoiled Spa Salon in Grass Valley and quickly discovered they had similar interests and goals.
“We became friends, then neighbors and started talking about what we really wanted,” said Becker. “We thought it would be nice to open a cozy, family-friendly salon.”
“I’d always wanted to be a salon owner and was just looking for the right business partner,” said Manzinali. “We spent a couple of years talking about this.”
The pair spent two months searching before finding the ideal location on East Main Street in Grass Valley — the space was formerly home to Salon 11, which had closed.
“We were in it within a week,” said Becker. “Fortunately it already had the proper plumbing. We just needed to paint it and bring in our equipment.”
Tangles Salon & Skin Care opened its doors April 12 of this year.
Clientele? Not a problem, as both Manzinali and Becker had loyal customers eager to experience the new salon, stressing that their best advertising has always been via word of mouth.
Several more employees were brought on board, including two hairstylists (bringing the total to three including Manzinali), two massage therapists and a waxing specialist. Becker specializes in skin care. Manzinali said they hope to add nails to their list of services within the next six months and expand the salon to include unused space next door.
As part of their business plan, Becker and Manzinali have made it a priority for staff to attend trade shows and stay abreast of modern trends.
Licensed at the age of 18, Manzinali has been “doing hair” for the past six years.
“I initially trained in the ROP program in high school,” she said. “I wanted to learn a trade so I could pay for my college education. But I ended up loving my job so much that I’ve made it my career. I love making people feel beautiful, and I love it when kids come in. I’m social. I’m a talker.”
Becker has been an esthetician since 2007, after attending the Paul Mitchell Academy in Sacramento.
She oversees skin care services and waxing.
“Getting a facial is a great way to relax,” she said. “I was a nerd in high school. I’m interested in the scientific aspect of skin.”
Product names available at Tangles include Paul Mitchell, Nicolas and Image Skincare. Gift sets and gift certificates will be available for the holidays.
“I love what I do,” said Manzinali. “I love coming to work because I love who I work with and learning new hairstyles. Plus I enjoy meeting new people who continue to walk through the door.”
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