Celebrating 25 Years in South County
Early in my writing career, I had the opportunity to interview many successful entrepreneurs for an OC-based regional business/lifestyle publication. While the scope of the featured businesses was diverse, the owner/operators all shared an unerring passion for their profession and a common belief that “if you love what you do, success will follow.”
In interviewing Wanda Kent, owner of the Laguna Niguel-based Salon Sauvage - Salon • Day Spa • Boutique, it’s evident that she is cut from the same entrepreneurial cloth.
I have to admit, I had a preconceived notion that artists aren’t typically expected to be good business people. Because they are so committed to the quality and originality of their ideas, I suspected artists might have a hard time switching gears between being creative and the pedantic requirements of owning and operating a business. Add to that the unique challenges of being in the business of beauty: an industry notorious for its drama and high turnover.
I couldn’t have been more wrong: Since opening Salon Sauvage in 1991, Wanda has continually evolved her business by following a personal formula, whereby success would be the sum of working hard + staying on the leading edge of the industry + surrounding herself with talented team members + building a loyal base of “wonderful, supportive” people who are more “friends than clients.”
When Salon Sauvage first opened its doors, it encompassed a small, 1,300-square-foot, eight-station salon. In 2000, the business expanded to include skincare and offer the amenities of a day spa. Today, Salon Sauvage resides in a space three times its original size and offers services that cover the entire spectrum of hair, skin, health, wellness and fashion.
I suggested that like most successful entrepreneurial endeavors, the longevity of Salon Sauvage might be attributed to the vision and direction of its ownership - a concept Wanda quickly dismissed. Instead, she credits all of the company’s milestones to “an amazing staff and incredible customers who have been with us through good times and bad.”
“I feel so blessed and appreciative of our loyal clients,” says Wanda. “They have been so supportive over the years - through our successes, through our growing pains and in the face of challenging economic times. We certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
This level of loyalty extends to all the members of the Salon Sauvage team as well. “Having Mireya Conroy as our salon manager to oversee the day-to-day operations has been invaluable to our success,” says Wanda. “I also can’t thank all of our staff enough for sharing their amazing talent in creating a company culture and atmosphere of ‘family’ that makes Salon Sauvage such a fun, awesome place to work.”
As you step inside, you first enter the boutique: a marvelous glimpse of the magic the rest of the salon has to offer. Wanda’s brother Dennes hand picks their selection of the latest fashion trends for the boutique, including handbags, jewelry and clothing. Clients claim that Dennes has the “best taste of any man on the planet!”
Salon Sauvage consistently attracts the best stylists in the business who remain on the forefront of the newest and best techniques through ongoing education. Each stylist has a broad knowledge of industry trends in all facets of hair for men and women: styling, cuts, color, blending, straightening, smoothing techniques and extensions. Because each stylist also has expertise and experience in a specific aspect, there is someone on staff who will meet the needs of each individual guest - and every Salon Sauvage team member is committed to “working with our clients to create a look or style that suits them and their lifestyle because their isn’t anything worse than a haircut that is impossible to recreate at home.”
Salon Sauvage offers an array of traditional day spa services including facials, massages - including signature services like pregnancy massage and structural massage therapy for pain and discomfort, eyelash extensions and mani/pedis performed by award-winning nail techs whose skills have been sought after for the Emmys and Grammy awards ceremonies. Salon Sauvage also bears the distinction of being a true “med-spa” offering medical grade products and treatments.
Through Salon Sauvage’s skilled estheticians, guests are able to indulge in the most innovative face and body treatments in the industry, including radio frequency facials and body contouring, oxygen and hydrafacials. During a recent spa renovation, the salon added an infrared sauna, which has incredible health benefits ranging from lowering blood pressure to detoxification, pain relief and weight loss.
As a member of the Salon Sauvage team for over 10 years, Dr. Michael Grossman is anti-aging rejuvenation specialist. Using breakthrough technology to reverse skin aging and to restore a younger appearance to the skin, he has garnered the reputation of “Artistry Excellence” in the Cosmetic Specialty Arena. Dr Grossman’s skill is to make you look naturally 10 years younger. Restylane, Juvaderm and Scuptra injectables, often used along with Profractional CO2, laser result in years of age reversal. For a natural looking mini non-surgical facelift “Bellafill” has long-term results with benefits lasting up to five years and “Kybella” permanently reduces under chin fullness without surgery.
Stay connected with Salon Sauvage through social media - “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. Visit their online boutique at salonsauvageboutique.com to purchase products and view and book monthly specials (services are automatically discounted when booked online).