By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: September 2010
The team at Inspired Hair Salon (L to R): (back row) Erica Brown, Tama Breen, Christina Westergard, (front row) Whitney Jenkins and Sarah Rhine.
In today’s economy, many people are unable to continue in present business endeavors, much less initiate new ones. However, when the idea to start a salon and boutique occurred to Tama Breen, she didn’t hesitate. In fact, economic conditions is what inspired to her take the first steps to open Inspired Hair Salon in Claremore on June 14.
“So many families are trying to survive and make a living in today’s economy, and new hair stylists are no different,” Tama says. “I want to be a person who gives these girls – and our community – a chance.”
Tama explains that stylists often have a lot of overhead when they enter a salon, making it hard to clear a profit by the time they pay the salon owner and their own expenses. “I remember trying to start out,” she recalls. “I was supporting three teenage girls and it was difficult.” It is this memory that prompts Tama to keep booth rental for stylists low, so that they can truly feel their efforts are propelling them forward to economic success.
In addition to providing a place for budding stylists to start a successful career, Tama also offers a place for local vendors to display boutique items. Presently, one can find fashion purses, jewelry, and baby and gift items inside the doors of Inspired Salon. Tama has the same heart of help toward these vendors that she displays toward her stylists, only charging 10 percent for any booth space, as opposed to the traditional 40 to 50 percent. “One of our vendors is a single mother supporting two children,” Tama says. “Another vendor’s husband was recently laid off, and her goods are helping support the family as he looks for another job.”
Situations like these drive Tama to expand the business even further, thus opening up more and more opportunities for community members. At this time, the salon offers traditional services for hair and nails, but Tama’s plan is to transform Inspired Salon into a full day spa in the near future. She also wants to see growth in the boutique area of the business. “There are so many people out there who have talent, and make some really nice things,” she points out.
Tama’s vision does not stop with those in her business – she wants to reach out to clients as well. On August 14, the salon gave away free haircuts. September is “Grandma and Me” month, when grandparents can bring in their grandchildren and receive a discount. There are also ongoing discounts and outreaches to show appreciation to staples of the community, including teachers, military personnel, firefighters, and nurses.
“Inspired Hair Salon is about reaching out a hand to grab your hand as you reach out to the next person, starting a chain reaction.”
Inspired Hair Salon is located at 215 W. 1st St. in Claremore.