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Meet Trailblazer Lauren Dengel and Jackie Bardelli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Dengel and Jackie Bardelli.

Salon for Women was established in San Diego in February of 2013 by two best friends, Lauren Dengel and Jackie Bardelli. Jackie and Lauren decided to follow their dream and create a women’s only salon, where women come to not only look good but to feel fabulous, all while being comfortable during the experience! Salon for Women has two locations, one in San Diego, CA and another in Omaha, NE! With a successful location in San Diego, Lauren decided it was time to open another location and share the trend in her beloved hometown of Omaha! After months of planning and hard work, SFW’s second salon opened its doors in August 2015, bringing the blow dry bar* trend to Omaha!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Building a business in your early 20s was certainly a challenge. But in the same breath, who better to start a business with and face those obstacles with than your best friend! When we opened our first Salon for Women location, we had little to no start-up capital but that didn’t stop us from being certain we could make our dream a reality. With a ton of hard work, perseverance and a lot of D.I.Y. (lol), we were able to get our business off the ground in no time.

Jackie and I wanted to create a beautiful, affordable place for women to escape, feel beautiful, and treat themselves. With both of us being millennials, not only were we focused on our guests but we also prided ourselves on creating a place where the stylists feel taken care of and have a team that they can lean on, long-term. It’s clear we are in a time where everyone wants to be his or her own boss, which is fantastic BUT there is something to be said about loving where you work and WHO you do it with as well. All this being said, if we could lend any advice to young women just starting their journey it would be to do it for the right reasons. Do it because you have the passion for whatever it may be and know that success won’t happen overnight. As cliché’ as it sounds, If you truly love what you do the long days won’t feel long and the challenges will only be learning experience’s that only keep you growing and excelling.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Salon for Women Full Service & Style Bar – what should we know?
Salon for Women is a full-service hair salon that specializes in blowouts, hair extensions, color and blonding! We are so lucky and honored to also be very well known in the bridal industry! For example, in 2018 alone, Salon for Women will GLAM well over 100 bridal parties! We have won “Best of Weddings in 2017 and 2018 through the Knot and we couldn’t be happier about it! There is something so special about being a part of a brides most important day of her life. This is exactly what we love about this industry, you can really do it all!

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
If we could lend any advice to young women just starting their journey it would be to go into it for the right reasons. Do it because you have the passion for whatever it may be and know that success won’t happen overnight. As cliché’ as it sounds, If you truly love what you do, the long days won’t feel long and the challenges will only be learning experience’s that only keep you growing and excelling. Jackie and I always like to say “respect the process”, this keeps us living in the moment and reminding us not to expect everything to be perfect and happen overnight. Lastly, attitude is everything! Even when it’s not easy, we are firm believers that if you remain positive and have an amazing forward focused attitude, success will follow!

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