Hair Solutions celebrates a decade
Along with the 4th of July, Jana Bolton is also celebrating this week the 10-year anniversary of her business, Hair Solutions, a salon at 1351 Kearns Boulevard.
It’s been a momentous decade, but Bolton said she has weathered everything from the secret service cuts during the 2002 Winter Olympics to the current slump from the Great Recession.
For her, the secret to surviving and thriving has been developing a strong staff that works well together and with her.
"It’s taken 10 years to come up with that good of a crew," she said. "These guys are pretty dedicated."
The receptionist, Ruth Olson, has been there eight years; Sydney Atkinson has been there three and specializes in Babe Hair Extensions, waxing and "updos;" Megan Mair has been there two years and does Foxi Hair Extensions, eye, lip and chin waxing; Teri Siddoway has been there seven years and specializes in perms and "updos;" Jade Smith has also been there seven and does cuts, perms and waxings; Whitney Woolstenhulme joined one year ago and does perms, waxing and "updos." Everyone does cuts, styling, foil highlighting and coloring.
Bolton bought the salon from her former employer and gave it a renovation and new name a decade ago.
"The opportunity was right there in my face and I took it," she said.
Like any thriving business, Bolton said she has loyal clientele that help keep the doors open. But people began pushing their appointments back a week or two as the recession deepened. It hurt their balance sheet like any other company, she said.
But Bolton said she has a gift for tenacity and not giving up. Also, her team was dedicated to working through struggles and helping one another.
That’s why she pointed to her staff as both her greatest triumph and key to success.
"I’ve had a really integrated staff. The ones I have now are very professional and easy to work with. They’re my girlfriends, not just my employees," she said.
To celebrate, Bolton is holding raffles, a sidewalk sale and offering refreshments in her salon from July 7-17. Andrew Kirk
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