Weekly Business Profile
D'Ambrosio Designs Hair Studio
Type of business:
4910 Cutler NE, Suite A
Albuquerque NM 87110
Number of Employees:
How did you get started in this business?
I have always loved hair. When I was a young boy, I would torment my baby sisters or aunts and force them to let me play with their hair. I became interested in owning my own salon after I built a full clientele and attended Anderson School of Management at UNM to prepare for my endeavor. Watching the business plan I created in school come full circle has been a dream come true.
What is your business philosophy?
Our philosophy at D'Ambrosio Designs is to focus equally on the satisfaction of both our guests and staff. We firmly believe that a satisfied staff will trickle down to our guests, and give them an optimum experience at our salon.
What is your company's greatest asset?
Our greatest asset is our talented team of hair designers. We have award-winning stylists who have many years of experience and education behind them. We also stay on top of the latest in fashion and technique with ongoing education from both Bumble and Bumble and Redken.
What are your strongest business traits?
I really try to listen to my team. I realize that they really make the salon. If they express concerns, I try to solve the problems the best I can. It is my goal to keep this amazing team together as long as possible. D'Ambrosio Designs would not be the success it is if it weren't for this talented group of stylists. I am very lucky!
What significant changes have you implemented recently?
We are proud to soon be an exclusive Bumble and Bumble salon. We have been very happy with their hair care line and overall concepts. This move will offer our stylists twice the education from educators who come to Albuquerque and share their knowledge with us.
What do you offer that the competition doesn't?
We offer a chic and modern environment for our guests to enjoy without a feeling of stuffiness or intimidation. It is our goal to make every guest feel better about themselves leaving our chairs than they did walking in. The atmosphere at our salon is very unique to Albuquerque.
How do you maintain your competitive edge?
To follow our philosophy, our competitive edge is maintained through continuously challenging our stylists and creating a pleasing work environment that offers both growth and artistic freedom.
In what area of your business do you invest the most energy?
We invest the most energy in education and public events. We try to hold events at the salon quarterly. We have had a blow dry lesson night and are very excited about our upcoming men's event. We are also excited about models we are working very hard on for our gay pride float and the Tres Chic Hair Show.
What do you look for in prospective employees?
We look for the hunger to succeed and grow. A prospective employee also needs to have a willingness to learn. We never stop learning at our salon. When someone thinks they know everything about our craft, they simply stop growing.
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