Salon Pèttine is open and ready for business! This women-owned boutique hair salon specializes in one thing - serious style. Keep reading to learn more about our July Business of the Month and why 1126 East 3300 South is going to be your new favorite spot in town.
UMLF: Hi ladies, we’re excited to interview you as our Business of the Month! Tell us about yourselves.
"We met at our previous salon and clicked instantly and became fast best friends.
When Liz left, she had to convince Kenzie to make the leap with her. Clearly it didn’t take much! We are the ultimate definition of “yin-yang”. We are the exact same but couldn’t be more different. Liz specializes in low maintenance blondes & Kenzie specializes in high maintence vibrant color. We’ve been in the industry for a collective of just over 10 a decade.
We couldn’t ask for a better partnership!"
UMLF: You guys worked at other salons and now are striking out and starting your own. What prompted your leap of faith?
Liz: "I was feeling extremely burnt out and didn’t see the opportunity for progression and didn’t feel like I could be the stylist I wanted to be. Starting my own salon suite just came at the perfect time & the growth followed soon after. It’s been crazy, but so fun."
Kenz: 'We've created a community of friends who just so happened to be stylists. Liz & I created a safe space for people in our salon suite, so we felt we could broaden that into our own salon. Liz had the idea and I basically forced her to have me as a partner. It didn't take much convincing for her though."
UMLF: What are some of the services provided?
Liz: "I specialize in low maintenance lived-in color & also hair extensions. We have 10 other amazing stylists who do a variety of services from precision barbering, cutting, color and facials."
Kenz: "We even have a girl who does nails. Liz is our low maintenance queen and I'm the high maintenance fashion color gal."
UMLF: What advice do you have for emerging hair stylists?
Liz: "Find your brand and lean into it, you don’t need to work for or around anyone who makes you feel less than and you don’t have to do “all the hair”. Only do services you love."
Kenz: "Be your authentic self. I can't stress this enough. Clients do love a hairstylist that knows what they are doing for sure but ultimately it comes down to your personality and how well you get along with the client."
UMLF: Entrepreneurship definitely has its highs and lows. Can you tell us about a challenge you faced as small business owners and how you overcame it?
Kenz: "Oh man, yes it's been a wild ride for us. We went the route of UMLF because a dear stylist friend of ours worked with them. We originally had an angel investor that kind of turned into a nightmare. Lack of communication with them is what drove us to applying for the UMLF loan and we are so grateful we did! Finances are hard in any situation but when you have other stylists counting on you to be open and ready as a business, that's a whole other kind of stress. Now we are open and only have our normal financial burdens to think about."
UMLF: How do you feel like the Utah Microloan Fund has helped your business?
Liz: "UMLF quite literally gave us the resources to create our dream hair salon. We can’t thank them enough."
Kenz: "Yes, again we are so grateful for UMLF. We wouldn't be a sustainable business without them."
UMLF: And for funsies, what is one hair trend you both are loving and one that you want to see go?
Liz: "Loving-effortless color and big voluminous blowouts. Would love to say bye to- probably teenage boys with mullets!"
Kenz: "I disagree with Liz, I like the modern mullet. Not that 80's/90's trash mullet. The tasteful kind with texture and movement. & personally I love the split hair color trend. I have it on myself and change it often. It's fun & you get the best of both worlds. One that I want to see go though would have to be bleaching your own hair at home. Tik Tok and the pandemic made people believe they could do their own dye job at home & I can't tell you how many I've had to fix from this trend!"