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Nidal Samad has opened New U Salon in downtown Fredericksburg where Salono Salono used to be
Date published: 8/22/2012
After 11 years as a hair stylist, Nidal Samad recently decided it was time to go into business for himself.
The Lebanese native, who demonstrated haircuts and coloring techniques in shows in Europe and the United States, found what he was looking for in downtown Fredericksburg.
Salono Salono had closed its doors at 600 Caroline St. in February, and left most of its stylists' chairs, sinks and other equipment in place. About all that Samad had to do was re-open the space as New U Salon.
"It was luck," he said. "I was passing by and saw that the business was gone. I thought this would be a good place to start. So far, it's been going well.
Samad, 30, moved to the United States in 2003, and settled in Fredericksburg because his mother lives here. She's a stylist at Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
"You have more opportunity here," he said. "What goals you want to achieve, you just have to work for it."
Samad worked as an apprentice at an independent salon and a chain salon until he could get his Virginia cosmetology license. He is now one of three stylists at his new salon. The others are Jennifer Warfield and Carly Wolfrey.
He and his staff have found that short stacked haircuts, so-called because they're short in the back and angled in the front, are popular right now, he said. So is coloring.
New U also offers perms, straighteners, deep conditioning and keratin treatments, as well as waxing. Package prices range from $38 for a shampoo, Redken Chemistry Treatment, cut and blow dry, to $87 for all that plus a permanent wave. Discounts are available for members of the military and hospital employees.
Samad said he plans to hire more stylists as his salon becomes established. Eventually, he'd like to work here six months at a time and go back to Lebanon for the rest of the year.
Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407