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Meet Neil Hughes of Disconnected Salon in North Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Neil Hughes.

Neil, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We opened our doors in December of 2006, as the salon was being built, I was recruiting stylists through My Space. Before the doors opened, we had a team of 7, we were branding ourselves by doing hair for various fashion shows throughout San Diego. On December 9th 2006, we had the most amazing grand opening party with various local DJs and VH1 artist – “you ought to know” Rocco Delucca doing a live acoustic performance.

We hit the ground running and Disconnected Salon was home to some of the finest hairdressers in the city.

We’ve been able to keep the success going by staying consistent in everything we do.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road for us has been fairly smooth, the only challenges I can think of are keeping up with California’s attitude on small business. The state does everything in its power to make small business fail. Almost 11 years in the game has shown that even in the worst state to do business we can still be successful.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Disconnected Salon story. Tell us more about the business.
Our salon was designed by Bells and Whistle (allthebellsandwhistles.com) the most amazing design trio in the world. We were blessed to be able work with them. The design of our salon is incredible, I believe that it helped us attract the right stylist, this industry is ascetically driven and people just love to be here. We are known for hair and experience. I believe that the overall vibe in here is what sets us apart, we are all about team work.

The staff works together as a team to create a flawless experience for the client, it’s all about the client, that’s who we work for, the client is the boss.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck, I believe in the law of attraction, you get what you give.

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