After working in salons owned by others and gaining experience dealing with different types of hair, Angela Haug decided it was time to open up her own shop.
Haug, who is a DeForest Area High School alumnus, has worked as a hair stylist for 15 years. In December, she moved her newly-born business – Hair Inspirations – to Windsor.
Originally the salon was located in Waunakee, but after noticing there was an open space at the Windsor Commons building off of Lake Road, Haug decided it was time for another change. Now she’s just a few minutes from home while she’s working and said many of her existing clients are willing to travel to the new location.
Growing up in DeForest, Haug spent time at Genesis Hair & Day Spa, which is owned by members of her father’s family. When her children were young and Haug was a stay-at-home parent, she found herself thinking about a career. Memories of Genesis came to mind then.
“I remembered how happy I was putting little clips in my hair,” Haug said.
Over the years, Haug worked at salons in the Madison area. She encountered customers of different ethnicities with various types of hair, which is something she said made her “a really versatile hair stylist.”
While the office location in Windsor was not a salon-ready space when Haug moved in, she worked quickly to get it up and running. She was eager to join in with community happenings, too. Hair Inspirations was one of the various spots offering activities during December’s annual Winterfest.
Haug enjoys her line of work, which she described as “hair therapy,” mostly because of the connections she gains with clients.
“It’s a really heart-to-heart thing,” Haug said. “… Sometimes people can feel yucky inside and if you make them feel beautiful on the outside then you can really get into their heart and there’s a change that happens. I see that all the time.”
The new local stylist offers a variety of services at Hair Inspirations, including cuts, color, manicures, pedicures, eyebrow waxing, men’s barbering and wedding day styles. Haug said it’s also important for her to make sure the salon is a kid-friendly place. Not only does she pop in a movie when a kiddo is settling in for a haircut to make them feel comfortable and relaxed, but she also encourages parents to bring their children along to their appointment if necessary.
“I want a mom to feel like when she’s getting her hair colored that her kid is welcome,” Haug said.
Along with movies for youngsters, Haug also offers things to keep them busy, like Legos, while their parents are being pampered.
In addition to typical salon services, Haug said she uses an all-natural product line derived from essential oils. She’ll also be offering cannabidiol (CBD) products and potentially utilizing them for treatments such as CBD manicures, pedicures and facials.
As for new clients, Haug said it’s crucial to complete a consultation with them before she starts working with them. During that initial conversation, Haug will discuss the customer’s ideas and they will decide together if it will work or not.
“Most people have a dream style and a dream color they want,” Haug said. “That’s your job as a stylist to be able to pull that out of them. But they also want you to stay within their comfort zone, too.”
In the future, Haug hopes to add another person or two to her operation. She said she would like to rent a booth in the salon out to another stylist and possibly have a massage therapist come on board, too. But she’s not in a rush, as she’d like to find individuals who flow with her.
Now that she’s settling in, Haug said she’ll begin keeping more regular hours, likely starting in February. Individuals can contact her to schedule an appointment and walk-ins will be welcome.
Hair Inspirations, located at 6630 Lake Road in Windsor, will host a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information about the salon, visit www.hairinspirationssalon.com or check out the Hair Inspirations Facebook page.