Last month Kiran Manandhar celebrated his 10th anniversary as the owner of Sringar Hair Design in Arlington. Sringar, a Nepalese word for makeover, is a full-service salon offering hair and skin care, eyebrow and facial hair removal, eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures and waxing. The Burlington resident credits the longevity of the store to the support of her husband Manoj Manandhar, sister Nanu Mahat and longtime customers who are like family.
Q. Why did you go from hairdresser to business owner?
I was a hairdresser for 10 years at another salon in Arlington when my sister got her green card and moved to the United States. She was also a hairdresser and ran her own business for 25 years in Nepal.
I took her to work with me and she did some high quality haircuts but it didn’t work because she didn’t speak any English at all. She said, “Either open a living room or I’ll come home.” It brought me to where I am now, so I feel very lucky.
Q. How is Sringar hair
Different design of the
the myriad of other salons in the region?
Customers say they feel
as if they were in a day spa. We play traditional, soothing music, and all of our attention is focused on satisfying our customers. We respect them, listen to them and give them
options for them to feel
comfortable, not in a hurry.
Q. Is it difficult to keep abreast of trends?
It is definitely a challenge. My stylists are highly trained and we are constantly taking classes to keep up. We’re so busy putting on that we need another person. And we only use high quality products which are healthy for the hair and skin.
Q. How important is family support?
My sister and I are very close because we lost our parents when they were young. I get a lot of help from him which is the Nepalese way. But it’s amazing how I connect with my customers and my employees. For the first time in my life, I took a five week vacation last August, but I really missed them and couldn’t wait to come back. We’ve worked hard to be where we are today, but 10 years have gone by so quickly.
Sringar Hair Design is located at 369 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. Call 781-648-8200 or visit www.sringarhair.com.
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