CRANFORD - She was working in a salon that valued more of a quantity over quality model. When people who needed more time and attention came in, she would be scolded for taking the extra care in making it as stress free as possible.
Fast forward a few years and she is now running her own salon. Lauren Curley, owner of Styles Street Salon, is looking to take it a step further with a new promotion, "Special Needs Tuesdays."
“A woman came in with her caretaker and was looking to get her hair done. She was booted out of her old salon because she has severe dementia. While I understand you cannot serve a guest in a busy salon who yells obscenities, she is still very much a human being and deserves quality service and care,” said Curley.
The very next morning, while watching Sesame Street with her children, Curley said the episode was about a character named Julia who is autistic and afraid to get her hair cut. Curley then knew she had to create the opportunity for anyone with a special need who cannot come in during busy hours to have a stress free, quality hair experience.
“How beautiful would it be if the parents and caregivers didn’t have to worry,” said Curley. “What if they could have as much time, in a safe, compassionate place?"
Now, Curley is ready to bring that experience to fruition. Starting on Tuesday, October 1, Styles Street Saloon will dedicate the first Tuesday of each month to servicing those with special needs. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the shop will feature no music and a limited staff to create a calm and relaxed environment.
“We will treat them as they deserve to be treated! With love, compassion, and like the beautiful souls they are,” Curley said.