HJ/EDHerald Journal, Dec. 12, 2005

Mayer hair salon goes mobile

By Dave Cox
Staff Writer

Instead of waiting for more customers to come to their salon and tanning business, owners Nancy Hegr and Tamara Vergin decided to bring the salon to the customers.

They opened Hair All About It in Mayer Feb. 28, and have been looking for ways to increase their business.

About a month ago, Vergin was thinking about this during a tanning session, and came up the idea of providing mobile salon services.

Their plan is to provide a full range of salon services to people with special needs.

Hegr said they will provide services for men, women, and children of all ages.

They will travel to nursing homes, hospice or assisted living facilities, hospitals, and private residences within a 45-mile radius of Mayer, Hegr said.

Services will include haircuts, styles, roller sets, perms and hair coloring.

They said they will work as a team to provide prompt service. They plan to schedule two days a week for mobile services, but will still maintain their salon and tanning business in Mayer.

They see this as a way to increase their business and help people who can’t get out to go to a salon.

They do not plan to charge higher prices for the mobile service.

“These people can only afford the bare minimum for services. We will take a hit on the price, but we think this is the right thing to do,” Vergin explained.

Hegr said they have structured all of their pricing to fit the market.

“This is a small town, and when we came out here, we didn’t want to scare people away by charging higher prices,” she explained.

Hegr and Vergin previously worked together in Waconia, where they managed the Fantastic Sam’s salon.

They have applied for a certificate of identity from the state, which they need in order to provide mobile services. They also need additional insurance, Hegr said.

Many of the nursing homes have salon facilities on site, and they will bring whatever products and tools they need to provide a full range of services, they said.

Hegr and Vergin came to Mayer because they felt that people in the area were looking for a salon closer to home.

The mobile salon concept is an extension of their goal to make salon services convenient for their clients.

They are currently waiting for their certificates of identity from the state, which could take 30 to 60 days to process.

They will begin providing mobile services as soon as they receive the certificates.

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